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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Jed a part-time user from US writes:
Classic Keys strengths: e. pianos, lots of beautifully fuzzy wurlitzers & rhodes, and the best B3's you can get without shelling out $800+ for a Roland VK-7 or VK-8. No draw bars, but its response to the mod wheel gives a decent Leslie imitation which works well live. I especially like blending a B3 from this box with another organ patch. Then you can evolve the sound with the mod wheel and the levels. Lots of beautiful strings as well. The analog synths lose a lot of movement because the Classic doesn't have filters as the Vintage Keys does.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-09-2008 at 13:56
gd a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I bought mine for $160 and am thrilled with the sounds. I used to own a Mellotron, B3 and many other of the synths that this module has sampled and for the price there is nothing better for live perf. I prefer hardware to VST while playing live.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-22-2004 at 14:54
Rob Pearce a professional user from UK writes:
I've just bought Classic Keys S/Hand hoping for a "Mellotron substitute" Having set it up on headphones I thought it was OK. When I used it on a gig,it was amazing! The band couldn't stop grinning, it was so close to the real thing. I already have a Roland XP50 and JP8000, so the other sounds don't concern me, but they are pretty good, particularly if you don't have anything else. It gets a thumbs up from me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-03-2002 at 16:58
Garry Byrne a part-time user from USA writes:
I used to have a Mellotron M400 and a Hammond B-2 (B3 w/o percussion) and a Mini-moog. I loved the sound! I hated the bulk and unreliability of the mellotron, though. I bought the Classic Keys for it's mellotron samples and I found it to compare very favorably! No eight-second limits , either (there is a patch called 'stop-tron' for those who insist on an authentic tape cut-off)! It was the best $400 I ever spent. I only wish it would take expression pedal input from my Roland midi controller, though. Frustrating.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-22-2002 at 14:49
Philipp from Russia writes:
Nice box for merging, mixing & splitting! E-mu Sounds are really bad 4 solo playing, but if u merge them with real analog synth like OB Matrix etc., u can get a amazing stereo panning mix ('cause OB is not a stereo device) It sounds great, really FAT!

posted Sunday-Mar-31-2002 at 17:18
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