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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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relic a professional user from usa writes:
love or hate it?, i lOVE it! if you see one used now in 2010, BUY IT! only 250 made man...PERIOD! you will have a synth all will want in the end~ it's a strange synth with it's own sound you just can't find any place else...and thats good.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-07-2010 at 04:31
steve a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i bought this unit new in 2003 for $349 from its easy to get use to once you put down the manual and give it 10 straight hours of attention. i sold this unit around january 2005. to guitar center for $180. i bought it back this past month (early october 05) for the same ammount they gave me for this unit. i sent redsound an email a week ago, asking how many of these synths were manufactured. got an email back from bob thompson, in england declaring about 250. im glad i own this piece because in 20 years, it will be a rarity even though it didnt become popular. steve

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-19-2005 at 20:22
from Spain writes:

I also forgot to say that I mailed them asking for an os update, and sent me at no cost (neither chip or shipping) the Eprom. They were also kind to give the specs of the encoders.

I give them a 10 in tech support area.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-19-2004 at 10:55
a hobbyist user from Spain writes:
Well, here it goes my thoughts about the elevata after one year in my hands.

Analog? digital? Thin? Thick?...

The point of this synth is its own sound. Nothing sounds like it.

Its mod matrix is there screaming 'abuse me'. I love it. Might it be people don't even use it?

It has TONS of low end, sounds darker than 'the rest'. Analog??... Not really. But hey... I throw in the same bag the nords, virus, novations and waldorfs (except the Q). It's a less polished, dirty and charismatic synth; standing up in between all of the rest.

Lets say it doesn't sound analog BUT it has a DEEP ANALOG SOUL.

Its layout it's fantastic, instant access to everything. It also has the fantastic advantages of the waldorfs and nl3's when changing parts... it's sooo useful.

I am anyway having problems with the encoders on the unit... but being abused by its first owner I have nothing to complain and I am changing the parts for better spec'd Alps ones.

I paid twice a year ago than what you will pay now NIB; AND I'M HAPPY with it.

Well, it's sure you won't have all the upgrades promised for it... but I already knew it when I bought it a year ago, and I consider stupidly cheap the amount it's being asked for it... SO don't moan and get it.

Synthesizing all my thought in a couple of fast points:

-> Decect VA -> Dark, distinct tone -> Tons of low end -> Lots of outputs -> Fantastic modmatrix -> Low price tag -> 16 poly -> Perfect fit in a mix with the other market va's

PD: I give it a 5 for flexility, pricing and charismatic sound.

If you are look for the itching digital va tones of the virus or novation; then you are knocking the wrong door.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-19-2004 at 10:50
Mr.Scappy a part-time user from USA writes:
The Elevata has a nice distinctive sound. I don't find it particularly analog sounding, but it does have its own temperate character, one that sits easily in the mix with other instruments. Unfortuately, my unit kept freezing up whenever it received a fast passage of notes, so I sent it back. In the end, I wasn't enamored of it enough to risk buying another faulty unit. And based on some of the feedback I've read on the web, my unit wasn't the only glitch-prone one out there. Incidentally, I contacted Red Sound about the problem, and although their suggestion didn't fix the problem, they were helpful, which was much appreciated. I'll certainly keep my eye on their future products.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-23-2004 at 14:52
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