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Waldorf Pulse 2 Review

Ace Of Hearts… Introduced in Frankfurt 2013 in its almost final version, Pulse 2 marks the return of Waldorf to its analog passions. The brand recently lent us one, just when its first commercial models are hitting the market... gulp! read more…

Moog Music Slim Phatty Review

Analog Technology Democratized Five years after having introduced the Little Phatty, Moog decided to launch the compact synth in module version. Did the Slim Phatty succeed in making the famous Moog sound available to anyone? read more…

Dave Smith Instruments Tetra Review

A Tiny Devil for the Road! The Tetra hosts four Mopho voices in an extremely compact housing, meaning you get an analog polyphonic, programmable and a very affordable synth. A closer look... read more…

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A legend for €350! (Behringer - Model D)

By Lazzarus, 25/09/2018
First step, unboxing: the unit is nicely finished, seems sturdy for a Behringer product, the knobs feel “hard” and the size is compact but not too much either (unlike the ridiculously small Roland Boutique).

So you plug it in, tweak the knobs a little and within 5 minutes you’re starting creating sounds! The learning curve goes very fast, and it’s ergonomically great. Again, the knobs are small but not too small either, just the right size to remain pleasant to use.

The envelopes sound crispy, really punchy and are extremely precise.

The filter is excellent, though lacking a little musicality, especially the resonance which rises up quite quickly even in the beginning of its course – so, you have to set it very precisely to get a softer sound. The cutoff sounds very bright and goes way further than on most other synths I know. It reminds me a bit of the ARP Odyssey, but in a less aggressive version.

The LFO can be either very slow or very fast, with a huge amplitude. It reminds me a bit of the Yamaha CS15’s LFO, which is awesome (though the CS15’s remains better).

Oscillators have a real presence all around the sound spectrum – in the mids, highs and lows. Still, I was expecting a little more subs, but as I don’t know the original Minimoog I have no idea as to whether the Moog’s famous low end is a mere legend or not? However, compared with my Korg MS20, it doesn’t go lower in terms of frequencies. Its interest is more in the overall spectrum width, as while the MS20 lacks mids the Model D does the job everywhere and remains musical-sounding in all kinds of registers.

But to me, the most interesting point is the sound’s personality: you immediately recognize the sound texture that you’ve heard in countless classic tracks, as if it were tattooed within our minds. To name but a few, you can quickly get the bass from Thriller (yeah, it’s the one, real Moog sound), perfectly reproduce the lead sounds of Herbie Hanckock, ELP, Richard Wright and many others. But what I like even more is the ability to use this potential for modern production, to get more out of it than the usual prog-jazz-funky leads we’ve all already heard 1000s of times!

In the end, what impressed me most were the really crispy-sounding envelopes and the sound’s presence and identity. All that for just €350!!! When you see the price for a vintage Minimoog or even Moog’s new edition of it, you wonder where the problem is?? Is it going to self-destruct in a fortnight? Are they going to ask for it back?... Well, no, actually it’s just that Behringer is not an elitist company and has made such a legendary instrument accessible to all!

WARM. HUGE. ANALOG. My new ambient pad, brass & string machine! (Oberheim - Matrix-1000)

By volcarock, 27/01/2019
I bought the Matrix 1000 in black one week ago as a counterpart for my beloved Juno 60. And this 6 voice polyphonic rack synthesizer sounds really analog and wide , even without FX. I really love the overall warm sound, it is the opposite of some harsh sounding modern synths.

But with adding a bit of delay, reverb or modulation FX turns it into an epic analog pad, brass &string machine. This it what I am mainly using it for.
But nevertheless there are also fantastic bass, leads, FM, FX and all other kind of analog sounds possible.
With the Mod matrix it is easy to make very organic sounds.
And even if attack time and LFO's are a bit slower, for my kinda music they fit.

When I bought it, Firmware was 1.11, so I did an eprom upgrade to 1.20 (Tauntek/Rob Grieb) where a lot of bugfixes have been solved. It is possible to use the Matrix now with a MIDI controller without problems! The eprom also includes the important global detune from Gigli v. 1.6. With this upgrade the Matrix 1000 does not sound static anymore, the DCO's behave more VCO like.

Without an external controller the matrix 1000 is more or less a preset machine because no editing is possible.
With my stereoping controller it is really fun to tweak the synth. Of course you can also use a Software to tweak, but I prefer real knobs.

For me it is the perfect sounding analog poly!
And I am thinking of grabbing a second one for stereo operations or 12 voice polyphony :-)


Very nice sounding synth (Studio Electronics - SE-1)

By dlmorley, 29/03/2019
I got this in a deal and wasn't expecting too much, but pleasantly surprised. Rather than a newbie buying a Behringer or Korg, I'd rate these higher. Good build quality and a classic sound. Won't replace my Minimoog, but it's very practical and sounds very good. Recommended if you don't mind racks.

News Analog Synth Rack/Sound Module

[NAMM] [VIDEO] Tom Oberheim at Marion Systems

Published on 01/22/16
Tom Oberheim presents Marion Systems' new Eurorack modules at the NAMM.

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