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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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akirapill a part-time user from USA writes:
Hell yeah! I love my technosaurus! This thing packs HUGE analog bass in a tiny package, so small I used to duct tape it to the front of a strap-on keyboard controller ala moog liberator back when I played rock. Not only that, but it's also secretly a midi'd out 303 clone (but no 18 db filter). The main oscillator is switchable between square and saw, both of which are quite solid, and the sub oscillator is always square. For big-ass square bass, you can put the oscillator mix all the way on the sub oscillator. For some reason, this is a lot louder overall than when the oscillator mix is set in the middle. One problem though, is that even with the main mix set all the way to the main oscillator, a little bit of the sub still leaks through, so you can never really get 100% saw. The most fun feature in the oscillator section is the +2 octave switch, which I rocked so hard so often that now it's a little sketchy, but it owns for building up for those big drops. The lfo goes well into the audio range, and can give you some cool fm/am effects. The filter is nice, with a really bright 12 db mode, and the 24 db mode sounds great for smoothing out downtempo jungle and house basslines. Supposedly, you can run external sources through the filer, but I've tried that and never gotten it to work (you have to input to the ring conductor on the 1/4" output jack, and output to the tip of the same cable, so if you ask me, why bother with such a sketchy setup?) Btw, the AR envelop sucks balls and can't even be set to modulate the pitch (I have to use a midi envelope on the pitch bend to do jungle!), but for filter mod it does the job.

OK, midi. This is where the technosaurus really shines. Midi specs are super sparse, and there isn't even ing volume cc! But looking at the rest of the midi implementation reveals that the technosaurus is totally acided out. Noteon velocity over 100 counts as an accent, which boosts the filter as well as the amplifier. Pitch bend is hardwired to +/- 6 semitones, so you get an octave to play around with in terms of realtime frequency mod. The only two ccs implemented are for the filter cutoff (hardwired to the mod wheel), and cc 64, which is PORTAMENTO ON/OFF(!!!) Not only that, but the envelope is legato, so it doesn't get re-triggered with a held note. This way, using held notes and cc 64 on your sequencer (I use Five12 Numerology and Cycling74 Max/MSP), you can get wicked, wicked analog acid lines with authentic sounding glide, and you can use velocity for the accents. Just for fun, I often run it through my Marshall on the crunch channel. Very nice!

All around a monster synth for any kind of bass or lead that doesn't call for detuned fatness. Really fun to program, plus the acid features are a huge plus, and it's real swiss-made analog for chrissake all in a byte sized package about the size of a VHS. I ebayed mine about 4 years ago for <$200, so you can't really go wrong with this one. Technosaurus!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-23-2006 at 14:55
James Socorro a part-time user from NewWestminster B.C. Canada writes:
Lovely, rich, deep tones that make this one of the best buys for the money, and certainly for the size! It is difficult to compare its sound to anything else, as it sounds somewhat 'neutral', being clear, yet very deep and analog at the same time. Can be Moogish at times, but does not have a strong 'signiture'sound to make it easily identifiable. However, given the 'richness of its tone, especially noticable in the high resonance settings, an area where many otherwise worthy synths begin to weaken, it is an important if not crucial part of my set up.Full marks for this Baby!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-08-2003 at 19:44
James Socorro a part-time user from NewWestMinster B.C. writes:
The quality control of these synth reviews is somewhat lacking. On the last reveiw of the Technosaurus Micron, the guy thinks its great, yet gives it a one out of five! This isn't the first such anomaly I have seen on this site. Surely someone should catch them and weed them out, as it gives an inaccurate portrayal of the particular synth's quality, especially when only a few reviews are posted.(I am not the only person to have commented on this).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-31-2003 at 03:59
steve a professional user from san diego writes:
I bought one of these because I missed the sound of real analog. This along side my micromodular make an amazing pair. THe microcon 2 is really well made and is a nice addition to my set up. There is just something about its simplicity and authenticity. IT sounds great. Huge and smooth. Great synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-03-2002 at 14:09
dj huggy a hobbyist user from Switzerland / JU writes:
I buy it and now I could'nt play music without it. I use it with JX-305, MC-303, PC's sequencer...

I think, the analogic synth with low price is better than another one.

I think the sounds is the same like TB or TR but it's swiss made :-)

Technosaurus is going to be the greatest Analog Synth constructor...

With thier new products, effexon, microcon, cyclodon...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-20-2000 at 05:21
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