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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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jordan heidendahl a hobbyist user from Toronto, Canada writes:
Excellent sound on all of it's instruments, the brass section can be connfigured using the VCF to make an interesting Kraftwerkesque lead. The strings are also totally amazing.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:45
Jill Goodridge a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I think the Moog Opus 3 is a darn fine synth. Yeah, it only has

3 voices to mix and match, but Moog gives you enough controls with

those sounds to alter them pretty well. For example, fool with the

VCF on the '16 Brass, and you have a powerful synth bass to recon with,

almost as distinct as the Taurus. The organ has a great analog &quot;Atari&quot;

like sound, but with the sustain just right (with a little bit of high

brass set to a quick attack and decay...)the organ can be made to sound

like a steel drum, or maybe even like a vibraphone with simple adjustment.

The Moog Opus 3 is the *perfect* polysynth for anyone like me

who has their hands full with other keyboards at the same time - it's

relatively lightweight (maybe 40 max?)so for this reason I tend

to think of it as &quot;the Moog Lite&quot;. When one is busy performing one only

needs to twiddle one knob for an unmistakably Moog sound.

The Opus 3 doesn't seem to be very popular for whatever reason in

synth-user groups. I'm guessing that a lot of people would rather &quot;work&quot;

for their sound and spend a lot of precious time with other units that

maybe offer a little more, but you have to put in more time (Garbage in,

Garbage out as they say...)

I would prefer a unit like the Opus who is attractive (colourful, too,)

is easy to use and is lightweight. Viva the Moog Opus 3!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:45
Pete Moulton a part time user from UK writes:
I first used an Opus 3 in1983 and got my own in 87. Like Jill Goodridge, I found that the Brass 16' through the VCF could get some fat single oscillator sawtooth bass sounds that reminded me of a Moog Liberation with only one oscillator on. Apparently the Opus 3 and Liberation use exactly the same VCF circuits. You could also cheat and get great sawtooth octave apart bass sounds using the organ section routed through the VCF. You set the lowest two organ pitch sliders at full blast, with the next slider up about two thirds, the next after about half way and the highest pitch slider up to only about a third. This gave the illusion of two sawtooth oscillators an octave apart and synced, just like the Moog Liberation used on Jean Michel Jarre's China Concerts Arpegiator track. Add a bit of pitch bend anf you're there! You could also get great rectangle waves by using two adjacent organ sliders up full blast. I loved the strings, brass and organ sounds too. Sadly I sold mine, because at the time they couldn't be MIDI'd, only to learn two years later that Kenton could probably have put in a MIDI In socket! I've seen one going for £100 ($160) so I'll try and get it! Happy Mooging!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:45
ero a hobbyist user from USA writes:
this is my first synth of any kind, bought for $175. The bass sounds shake the walls, it does percussive & explosive sounds very well, and the sweeps can sound like waterfalls if ya put some delay on em. other opus-3 users mail me? I like it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:45
tracy tabery a 0 user from usa writes:
I play my opus 3 in a full on punk/power pop band and I love it.

It sounds so full and rich, compared to my roland. How can you go wrong

with a beautiful yet unpredictable keyboard?

It's a challenge and it makes bad ass sounds. I love it most when it

oscillates like a mother-fucker with my drummer and bass player!!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:45
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