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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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It sounds as if many of the reviewers here have clearly not spent much time with the V. Although I would agree with the comments that it is a combination of roland technology, that by itself are not necessarily that impressive - Variphrase being the excpetion. It is clearly the best timestretching algorithm available in hardware today. Celemony Melodyne is better, but its application paradigm (what it is designed to do) and musician interface are completely different.

In my opinion, the V synth requires 'thinking outside the box". This is not the space and nor do I have the time to go into a full technical explanation of what it can do, but I would suggest using variphrase to its maximum potential. Use the keyboard zones creatively. Realize that the arpeggiator is a secret weapon, capable of modulating parameters in ways that ADSR envelopes and LFO's cannot -althought the V has an envelope and LFO for nearly every parameter.

I've had a V synth the very beginning. Somethings I don't use it for - a standard VA, or a standar sampler.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-02-2004 at 10:00
Another proud Z1 owner writes:
The Z1 a buggy synth? Plasticky bass? What the hell has this twerp been smoking? The Z1 was the most powerful analog modelling synth on the planet and remains so to this day. It has the power of two Memorymoogs with the modulation possibilities of a Matrix 12 (even a Modular synth), and a lot more. The AN1x is a plastic little toy (in build and sound) by comparison. The V-Synth just throws a bunch of recent Roland components and ideas together but it does not have the endless modulation routings of the Z1.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-02-2004 at 06:23
Advantage of ownership. from Smugness. writes:
Clearly you know nothing. Buggy? That's a new one. Improve your editing capabilities and you'll see what the Z1 can do. The V synth is a Jack of all Trades-master of none. That's exactly what it is. The componants are not in themselves that interesting. Put them together and you have a fun thing but not a serious thing.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-02-2004 at 01:55
The Z1 is a buggy synth and the effects are garbage, and the edited sounds never sound the same after they are saved, and the bass is plasticky sounding and not real solid the Yamaha AN1x will blow a hole thru the Z1 for analog authenticity and the V-Synth is a Z1 plus many more superior synths contained in one unit plus it samples original unique waveforms to build on, so a Z1 is really little competition.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-02-2004 at 00:31
Beany! a part-time user writes:
The Z1 was years ahead when it came out and contained all the synth features professional musos wanted and wanted to find out about. If a synth has stepped light years ahead it aint this one. This will age very quickly. The prices are dropping at light speed already. Like the kaos the the the blah blah blah!!!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-01-2004 at 02:35
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