Synth Site: Crumar: Performer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.4 out of 5
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reed sutter a part-time user from minneapolis, mn writes:
I got my performer at goodwill for $25 and i think that may have been the best purchase i've ever made. The strings are very warm and the eq allows for them to be altered nicely. You can make them go from eerie to piercing in a heartbeat. This a a great synth for making recordings sound full. The brass section doesn't sound like brass at all, but it is so much better than that. Crank the resonance all the way up and play with the range, and you have some of the ultimate cheesy synth sounds. Crank the resonance down and you've got a nice fat bass synth. The sustain doens't work when both voices are used together, there is only one envelope generator, and the vcf/fm rate doesn't go as high as i'd like. That's all the complaints i can think of. It doesn't have midi capabilities, but i don't use midi anyway, so i don't care. This is a great gigging synth. It's tuning doesn't drift, you can access all the sounds easily, it has main and brass outputs so you can run both voices through different effect/channels, and it is tough. A bunch of the other users have complained that the sliders are fragile, but i don't know what they are talking about. I absolutely beat on mine and have never had a problem. It's been dropped, kicked, had equipment fall on it, and has never had a problem. If you are looking for a synth to compare it to, it is sort of like a more basic moog opus 3 without the organ voice. If you want to hear what it sounds like, Stevie Wonder used it on the secret life of plants, and it is all over early Duran Duran recordings. Don't think you're getting a great lead synth, but I would highly recommend this synth. I couldn't be happier with mine. I agree with the other users who said it is best used with other efffects. i like to use mine with a pod (digital guitar amp and effects simulator) and sometimes a fuzz factory distortion pedal. It might at first seem kind of limited, but with a little creativity, you can attain some amazing sounds. I'll never sell mine. It is just too valuable to my band and studio.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-26-2000 at 16:48
Carl Lawrence a part-timer user from USA writes:
I got my performer for about $100 US several years back. I liked the plastic string sound on several Duran Duran albums. I agree that with the right effects, (delay, chorus, dimension d) the performer is quite pleasing. Use it in combo with a digital synth to fatten up the sound. As with any piece of gear, it's how you use the thing that makes it great or pathetic. It is a rather limited instrument.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-15-1999 at 00:55
Antonio Grazioli a hobbyist user from Italy writes:
I bought mine for about 80$.pretty good for this price. I think that the sounds are not exactly exiting, but if you add a little effect on the brass sound you can obtain some pretty good basses. The string section is quite limited, but if you play and tweak the EQ section it becomes more interesting. The string are good for use with a vocoder or something like that.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-May-14-1999 at 18:18
matt wheeler a professional user from the states writes:
whats this with everybody dissing the crumar performer its a wonderful synth for creating great spacey coloration for overdubs and excellent cure type strings for a nice 80s prom post punk sound the key is you have to devolp a personal relationship with it its not a whore like some other synths youve got to treat it right but be careful the sliders break very easlily i recommend taking the screw out and opening the top piece to hide a sandwhich in there for the crumar to eat

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-22-1998 at 11:55
Don a professional user from USA writes:
When I first started out playing in club bands, about 17 years ago, I owned a Crumar Orchestrator. It made some pretty impressive string and brass sounds for it's day, and for club stuff, it worked pretty well. One night it was stolen from a bar. I eventually got it back, but for two weeks I was saddled with a borrowed performer, the most hideous sounding piece of electronic circuitry to ever be erroneously deemed a keyboard. I hated it so much that after one set, I shunned it for another borrowed synth (they also stole my Prophet 5), a jupiter 4. I'll always remember what a completely worthless piece of trash that Crumar was. I think we used it for two weeks to prop up a moniter. If I could choose minus 10 stars, that would be too kind.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-19-1998 at 04:03
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