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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Scotty Dub a hobbyist user from England writes:
Thought, I'd do a review 4 years on.

I sold my SBS to buy a pulse. I regreted that, a lot. Lucky for me, a friend had an SBS which he never uses, so I have the best of both.

The filters are interesting, not the best, but interesting. You can get nice wooly dubby subs from it, or acidy 303 type sounds (but not identical to the TB). The filters don't quite drip acid, like the Supernova, but then thats a VA, with an FX block. Must try the SBS through a Lexicon Delay.

The Pulse is sterile and static and I'm not that keen on the filters for live action, the filters are best set and left or modified with envelopes, no knob action here. But the Pulse is great for really low deep booms, which the SBS just can't touch.

SBS is fun and has and addictive sound. The Pulse sounds a lot better when overdriven through a good desk, without the overdrive, it's very clean, very well made and very sterile.

Both are good. Depends what you need. The SBS reminds of the Juno (I had a Juno 6) and the Pulse is a very well enginered German synth, capable of very deep bass, but perhaps too clean for some.

I'm getting a Sherman filter, which I think, combined with the Pulse will be a killer combo.

The SBS is great for dub bass and acid lines. The Pulse is probably better for a harder industrial/dance sound, but it won't give you Ed Rush or 2nd Gen Squelch, you'll need to add the Sherman or an MS20 Filter for that. Add overdrive and reverb to taste.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-28-2005 at 09:33
Zide a hobbyist user writes:
This is really funny and it will make you laugh out loud, i know it made me laugh out loud when this thought echoed in my head:

"I like you *better* than my pulse now!"

Yeah i know, it doesnt make sense to me either yet, But the SBS for twiddeling away and just jamming out and twisting beats the pulse. Starting from scratch on the SBs really pisses me off, The pulse is great for starting from scratch, but twiddling its not fun for me at all. its a toss!

IF You want sqeally,Sqelchy,dribbley knob tweaking fun,nice noisy leads, its great,get it! The sub osc is what really makes this synth shine for me.

You may hate it for a while and growl at it in its face and say "i hate you why did i buy you, your not what i wanted!"

Then one day it will all go away and youl say, "im sorry i doubted you" and you just might love it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-26-2005 at 02:04
rockmanrock a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Just got hold of one of these to replace my BS rack. This is a massive improvement on the original. Even the box construction is different. The sub-osc, chorus, noise and other subtle tweaks like filter keyboard tracking all add up to a much better sound, more like a Roland SH than before. The extra envelope knobs are handy and I agree the other 'hidden' features on the keypad can be a bit cryptic but if you think about it, Novation didn't have much choice unless they had gone for a 2U box which would have probably significantly increased the RRP. As far as build quality goes, this seems pretty sturdy. I wouldn't say a Pulse is much better made. When it comes to comparing the sound with the Pulse, the SBS is a worthy contender. The sound may not be as massive as the Pulse but it's got plenty of beef. With the Pulse sometimes it's just too fat and you have to work at thinning it out! The SBS has a juicier filter than the Pulse and doesn't sound so static. The Pulse is great but is ridiculously well engineered and it can be a bit too stable if you are after 'old' analogue sounds. Overall I'm very impressed with the SBS and at current prices they are a steal!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-23-2005 at 21:46
zide a part-time user writes:
bleh.... crap interface cant be emphasized enough. How can you tell where anything is set at??? i have no idea, cause you turn a knob and its value doesnt display in the lame screen. Best thing to do is save a blank template patch with everything zeroed cause otherwise theres no way to tell where anything is set at. Build quality is pretty lame, power supply is a joke, its a given you will have to replace the power supply. Sounds are ok, but not worth the crap interface and crappy build quality(including tiny close together knobs). spend an extra 100-150 on a Pulse.

Ill give it a 3 cause they tried to pull it off,and succeeded in some areas of goodness but cut to many corners on the build quality(no power switch seems to be common these days i hate that), and the interface sucks.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-11-2005 at 08:45
Guillermo a hobbyist user from Spain writes:
I've just boght one of this for 125$. This fact mixed with the high quality sound drawed me to buy it. I've bben using it 3 hours already... the sound is rich the modulation possibilities are quite good and being able to proccess an external audio signal through it, make this monosynth one of the best purchases I've done so far.

As well having this module is my first apprach to analogic sintesis (apart from virtual synths); by now all Ihad was a DX7IIfd & a TG77 (as I am an FM fan). Quite a pleasant approach I have to say.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-19-2002 at 18:01
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