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    Yamaha MOTIF ES6 - Love it despite some latency

    by Bruin
    07-27-2014 09:18
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=12422" alt="" title="Yamaha MOTIF ES6 - Love it despite some latency" /></p>Yamaha workstation, 61 keys, purchased 2 additional sound cards. See product descriptions with lots of details elsewhere.

    Yamaha PSR-S950

    by sireson
    07-23-2014 22:19
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=163404" alt="" title="Yamaha PSR-S950" /></p>When purchasing this keyboard I was looking for an instrument that could run a live show I was putting together without any other equipment. I wanted to perform from the keyboard as well as be supported with a realistic, or at least sympathetic accompaniment. What I was not expecting was to be pleasantly surprised at how this instrument not only ticked all the boxes I wanted but also provided inspiration for taking the show further. The S950 is a 61-key keyboard workstation with features and options too numerous for a single review. The connections are basic: output L & R, foot pedal input, MIDI, USB B and USB A as well as a mic input (more on this later). In addition there is a video output, primarily designed for showing the lyrics when running karaoke tracks - something this reviewer has yet to enjoy… The main panel is a sea of buttons and a few knobs, the colour display being the centre of the keyboard’s universe. All functions are designed to be accessible with as few presses as possible and, for the most part, the screen is clear about where you should go next. There are getting on for 1000 voices built in to the unit, several of them the same as those on the Tyros 4. Four of these voices can be played at the same time, two each side of the split point. In addition there are over 400 accompaniment styles, each with four variations, a set of fills and three intros and three endings. On top of all that there are a raft of multi pad sets, some of which are one-shot, others of which are MIDI based - they play along to your chord selection - and you can also play your own .wav files directly from a USB stick. With the addition of a sequencer, many many effects, a vocal harmoniser, USB audio playback and full one-touch registration memory this keyboard provides infinite flexibility only really limited by your imagination and your understanding of how the keyboard works.

    Ensoniq SD1 - A marvelous piece of art

    by nicolaizen
    02-07-2014 02:55
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=749" alt="" title="Ensoniq SD1 - A marvelous piece of art" /></p>What can I say for a synth that stood up to me for 20 years? Everybody knows the SD1. I am writing here just to pay respect to this instrument.

    Casio WK-3000 - Bought from ebay for £55

    by simondhopkins
    04-18-2014 19:01
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=16425" alt="" title="Casio WK-3000 - Bought from ebay for £55" /></p>Great DSP Good pianos, even better is the software supplied by casio to make your own using velocity curves and have made a killer vc switched m1 piano. Can import rythms from Roland and yamaha using third party software. Importing wav files using the casio software must be in 16bit as won't recognize 24bit, but this is a home keyboard and is no detriment to the system, considering cds use 16bit 44.1khz sample rate so pointless in my opinion to use a higher bit rate. Pitch bend wheel has a decent action without too much resistance. Mod button, but if you have a dremel there is a solder point and screw mounts in the chassis to fit a mod wheel from the high models and it works. (or just take a lead from it, put a 1/4" jack on it and plug in an expression pedal again works great on drawbar mode) Can also solder in line out sockets direct form the amplifier board as its the same one from the wk3500 so just get 2 sockets and drill out the blanks on the back panel.

    Arturia brute - Good, but it can't play B flat!

    by lekanut
    02-03-2014 20:28
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=209447" alt="" title="Arturia brute - Good, but it can't play B flat!" /></p>I had seen the demos online and after talking over the phone with jean michel jarre he convinced me of buying it. It isn't 256-voice polyphonic but you can use two fingers at the same time, which produces the same sound as my cousin's Ford Escort when it blew up on the highway 12 years ago. No need for a sampler. The finish of the product is superb for the price, arturia has faithfully reproduced the ivory coating of my aunt's '73 moulinex toaster.

    Arturia brute

    by .Gwe
    01-04-2014 05:17
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=209447" alt="" title="Arturia brute" /></p>It's a 100% analog synth with 5 keys, two main controls, three pedal ports, USB MIDI in/out/thru, CV/Gate in and out, separate audio outputs, and paraphony across the entire keyboard. It's a delight! It's hard to imagine so many functions in such a small device!

    Arturia brute - More than enough for making Dubstep!

    by spartif
    01-04-2014 01:04
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=209447" alt="" title="Arturia brute - More than enough for making Dubstep!" /></p>5 key range! NOT ONLY a pitch wheel BUT ALSO a mod wheel. 100% Analog LOOKS LIKE A TRANSFORMER'S FOOT!!!!!

    Arturia brute - Awesome

    by Florock
    01-04-2014 00:35
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=209447" alt="" title="Arturia brute - Awesome" /></p>5-key preset keyboard

    Arturia brute - Chonchon for president!

    by Bald Man
    01-03-2014 22:05
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=209447" alt="" title="Arturia brute - Chonchon for president!" /></p>Because Chonchon must be president.

    Arturia brute - A real tour de force

    by Afireinside
    01-03-2014 19:08
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=209447" alt="" title="Arturia brute - A real tour de force" /></p>A revolutionary concept (the famous "quarter octave" format by Jimmy Jones, keyboard and accordion player for the Flaming Pizzas) and an amazing feat by Arturia: Excellent usability! Excellent simplicity! The knobs are all ideally placed. You can tell that the design was reworked and even that the concept of the synthesizer was questioned.

    Arturia brute - A very compact concept!!!

    by nobazz
    01-03-2014 18:03
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=209447" alt="" title="Arturia brute - A very compact concept!!!" /></p>A synth that fits in your hand, pocket or a small lunch box. Personally, I use my kids' Spiderman pencil case to take it everywhere with me. Rather limited in terms of sound, because you cannot adjust anything. On the other hand, you have 5 notes available, which cover a sound palette ranging from hiphop to EDM. It's a bit limited for more symphonic things. You'll have to buy several. Be careful, the pitch bend and modulation don't work. They are only there for decoration, according to Arturia it's only a "wink to his brotherz." No connections, so you won't tangle your feet.

    Arturia brute - A really interesting concept!

    by petitsynthe
    01-03-2014 17:26
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=209447" alt="" title="Arturia brute - A really interesting concept!" /></p>- 5 keys only, true, but it's more than enough for most EDM musicians. - 5-note polyphonic: It's a pity that Arturia didn't make it at least 10 for its first polyphonic synth, which would've allowed to have 2 notes of polyphony per key. - It has really killer looks, it's sober and sophisticated at the same time: I love it!!!

    Arturia brute - Small but powerful

    by shuujin
    01-03-2014 17:22
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=209447" alt="" title="Arturia brute - Small but powerful" /></p>Analog semi-modular synth. 3VCO + 1 LFO 1 ring modulator White, pink and blue noise generator. Dual keyboard 24dB/oct Moog 4012-type filter

    Arturia brute - Excellent

    by Chonchon
    01-03-2014 17:12
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=209447" alt="" title="Arturia brute - Excellent" /></p>Super soulful! Ideal for musicians who play with one finger

    Arturia brute - Perfect

    by Melle S
    01-03-2014 16:56
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=209447" alt="" title="Arturia brute - Perfect" /></p>Analog mini-synth

    Arturia brute - A Must-Have

    by Arturiaweb
    01-03-2014 16:38
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=209447" alt="" title="Arturia brute - A Must-Have" /></p>Analog synth

    Peavey KB300 - Indestructible amp!!

    by blancjs
    03-30-2014 21:44
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=13646" alt="" title="Peavey KB300 - Indestructible amp!!" /></p>150W solid-state amp with three inputs.

    Akai MPX8 - Great fun / Unusable live

    by illogik
    02-17-2014 22:48
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=174130" alt="" title="Akai MPX8 - Great fun / Unusable live" /></p>This is a sample player. You load the samples on an SD card, the machine reads them. It's simple, but that is exactly what I needed for me not lugging a computer on stage. It could have been awesome BUT: the samples are played louder or softer depending on the strength of your hits on the pads, which is cool to have fun, simulate a drum ... but UNUSABLE to read samples in live situations. I was hoping Akai adds a feature to disable the pad sensitivity, but their "technical representative" told me that it was not in the agenda.

    Yamaha MM6 - Nice, Affordable, Quality Synth

    by ryanmaster2112
    02-17-2014 10:54
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=68714" alt="" title="Yamaha MM6 - Nice, Affordable, Quality Synth" /></p>The Yamaha MM6 is Yamaha's 'baby' version of the company's flagship keyboard, the Motif. The MM6 offers a wide variety of sounds, most of which are strictly taken from the Motif. It also has a wide variety of ways of creating new sounds and editing them. There are many DSP effects to choose from in the Edit and Utility menus. It comes with four classic knobs with controls such as Cutoff, Reso, Attack, Release. There are also Dual and Split buttons, made for quick sound layering and splitting. The MM6 also features an eight-track MIDI sequencer. Finally, the MM6 features "Performance Memory," which allows users to save their favorite sound settings into eight buttons on the machine. There are eight banks of eight patch locations, allowing a total of 64 presets.

    Moog Music Minimoog Voyager Performer Edition - Best Synth Ever Invented

    by ryanmaster2112
    02-17-2014 10:35
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=11173" alt="" title="Moog Music Minimoog Voyager Performer Edition - Best Synth Ever Invented" /></p>This synth is an analog monophonic synthesizer, which is today's version of the 1970 classic Minimoog. Back in the 1950s and 60s, the only synthesizers were known as 'modules,' which were huge walls of knobs, switches, cables, etc. Modules were very rare instruments, and only very complex recording studios had them, and some T.V. Commercial music creators used them. Bob Moog was clever enough to take all of the capabilities of modules, and put it into a small, compact box known as the Minimoog. The Minimoog was the first affordable synthesizer to the general public. The overall look of the instrument is simply stunning.

    Wersi Pegasus Wing v2 - Wersi Pegasus wing

    by camaral
    01-15-2014 05:24
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=172515" alt="" title="Wersi Pegasus Wing v2 - Wersi Pegasus wing" /></p>76 keyboard profissional Processor AMD Athalon II 3.0 GHz Harddisk: 64 GB SSD RAM : 4 GB S.O.: Windows 7 32 bits LCD 10" touch Drawbars for upper and lower Polyphony: up 1074 voices

    Hohner KS-61 - Hohner version of Casio HT-3000

    by sukamara8
    11-25-2013 09:22
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=118380" alt="" title="Hohner KS-61 - Hohner version of Casio HT-3000" /></p>This is the Hohner version of Casio HT-3000 what a fantastic keyboard and you got to admit, its so much styish in white/light grey.

    Technics SX-K200 - Awesome oldie!

    by sukamara8
    11-25-2013 09:18
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=35078" alt="" title="Technics SX-K200 - Awesome oldie!" /></p>from 1981 or so... 4 octaves, full size keys RCA out, DC in, AC in polysection, 8 sounds monosection, 6 sounds, analogue synthesis (filter cutoff and lfo speed potentiometers moddable-friendly) rhythm/chord section pretty interesting, hi-hats are analogue, others are samples nice function is the auto fill-in. when you open the keyboard , and observe the circuit a bit, this keyboard begs to be modded! there's a hidden synth inside there, well not a full synth, but!

    Bontempi BT 705 System 5 - Bontempi's 666 sounds and so many models with different names...

    by sukamara8
    11-25-2013 09:06
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=146716" alt="" title="Bontempi BT 705 System 5 - Bontempi's 666 sounds and so many models with different names... " /></p>There are many many models around this 666 sounds thing this , I think is one of the prettiest and is relatively small and practical. some of the sounds are pretty nice. rhythms and chords are cheezy but pretty well programmed. the design of this particular model is great. drum pads / chord buttons make it even more interesting

    Casio CT-670 - Decent home keyboard from 1992 , maybe the best Casio CT of that era

    by sukamara8
    11-25-2013 08:57
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=23699" alt="" title="Casio CT-670 - Decent home keyboard from 1992 , maybe the best Casio CT of that era " /></p>this used to be a friend first keyboard, and what a keyboard! its from 1992 more or less... no sensitivity but 5 octaves, nice variety of sounds/tone, which can be modified with a mini pseudo synth-section , also a pitch bend wheel, pretty nice orchestrations, rhythms and chord sections/ fill-ins and all... decent drums samples given its age... Sounds wicked when bent too!

    Casio MT-540 - some nice tones, atmospheric samples section and midi make it somewhat interesting

    by sukamara8
    11-25-2013 08:45
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=93292" alt="" title="Casio MT-540 - some nice tones, atmospheric samples section and midi make it somewhat interesting" /></p>5 octave , mid keys 20 tones , 20 rhythms there are some pretty usable tones here and the MIDI is one of this keyboards highlights. the tones can also be combined in dual mode (210 combinations) there is also a sound effects section, which is simply samples (can by played in loop mode for background atmosphere) with names like rainy day, evening, ocean and so. the chord section is interesting, and the sound is much less classy than the good sounding pcm tones , the auto-chords are rather over programmed, but the're a variation which allows more creativity in playing the auto-chord you can also play drum sound manual with the keyboard.

    Casio MT-45 - Cheesy / analogue sounding classic

    by sukamara8
    11-25-2013 08:21
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=110680" alt="" title="Casio MT-45 - Cheesy / analogue sounding classic" /></p>This is one of the older Casio MTs, probably from 1981, with few sounds and rhythms (8+8) like all mid-size-key casios of the era. Despite this fact , there is vibrato and sustain, and an awesome retro-sounding appregiator (lacking in most MTs) and a choice of two bass sounds in the auto-accompaniament. Also, like warranty-void AKA tablehooters has extensively explained, the chord section is very versatile and fast, accepting non-chords too, something non-existent or rare in modern keyboards/arrangers. Another curiocity is that it is a 4 octave / mid size keys, but one octave is permanently dedicated to either bass / chord / accompaniament. There's also a 'memory' switch, another old school trait enabling to hold or not hold the chord currently playing. (old school bontempis have the same switch) The machine architecture is very friendly to circuit bending / tampering / modifying. Like most casio of the era it's got its output jack as well as tuning knob and dc adapter in.

    Casio PT-80 - A superior Casio PT toy keyboard that can be usable due to the cheesy analogue sound

    by sukamara8
    11-25-2013 08:15
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=60087" alt="" title="Casio PT-80 - A superior Casio PT toy keyboard that can be usable due to the cheesy analogue sound" /></p>mini sized keys, 2,5 octaves a toy keyboard actually... they dont make them like this any more! 8 tones typical of the PT series, sounds awesome with a use of some external delay or reverb, 12 rhythms that sounds rediculously chip and lo-fi, they are analogue and sure are something very C64 in style and sound. but they're not the bleeps existing in other simpler casio PTs, so it's almost a proper keyboard minus the polyphony in tones. In all rhythms also you got a proper auto-accompaniament and a fill-in. this is pretty small and neat looking device too! its also got the legendary RAM card along with lights learning game with leds a nice curiosity here is there are chord buttons so the chords are played pressing puttons, leaving the keyboard solely for the tones. this is a retro cult object nowadays - it used to be an awesome kid keyboard. you can make out of it what you want...

    Casio MT52 - A nice casio MT focused on drum variations

    by sukamara8
    11-25-2013 07:45
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=52318" alt="" title="Casio MT52 - A nice casio MT focused on drum variations" /></p>this is a keyboard from 1985. its got 3.5 octaves, mid size keys, 12 tones , sustain effect, 8 rhythms with fill-in where it really shines in the "super drums" section, where you got 3 variations for bass drum, snare, tom/congas , hihat and chord variation. There's not a dedicated appregiator, but some chord variations contain appregiator patterns. the drums are semi-analogue and sound pretty nice and retro, and the tones are decent.

    Casio Casiotone MT-800 - Another Casio MT with a couple curiosities & surprisingly good sound

    by sukamara8
    11-25-2013 07:20
    <p><img src="http://img.audiofanzine.com/image.php?lang=en&amp;identifier=id&amp;size=thumb1&amp;module=product&amp;product_id=30670" alt="" title="Casio Casiotone MT-800 - Another Casio MT with a couple curiosities & surprisingly good sound" /></p>this is a 1983 casio-mt, with pretty good sound, 12 rhythms and 12 tones, sustain and chorus effects, a fill-in, sure, as well as dedicated chord and rhythm volume sliders It also has detachable external speakers (with regulated angle allowing to play a bit with acoustics) that make the thing look pretty unusual but pretty in my eyes - the speakers are of high quality and they're quite powerful in fact. Appearances have it look a bit more serious than you regular MT. 4 octaves, mid keys, a standard chord section with no appregiator . There's also a light-system with LEDS along with the legendary RAM card with learning 'games' , and a limited sequencer/recording mode. All nice curiosities of an era long gone adding to fact that these keyboards look a lot out of date. Despite the limited functions, the keyboard is pretty good sounding in all sections, chord and bass, nice quality analogue drums and especially nice tones (the chorus shines too!). Back in its day it used to be an expensive one, still today it's usually priced above other casio MTs. Its also heavier, even if you exclude the speakers. It definately has its own character!
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