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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful.
Fantastic little monster for dirt cheap..
By D. Williams
I'm absolutely shocked by the incredible amount of different sounds I can get out of this little rock star.. Hol-lee crap.. Drones, washes, dub, FX, metallic, rhythmic, percussive. It's a toy but you put this in to the hands of someone who knows synths and I promise you'll be shocked at what comes out.
I think the issue here is there are a lot of people who have never heard cheap analog equipment and don't appreciate the character it imparts. This thing is noisy as hell, it's always making some sort of hiss or drone, especially when you put the delay on thick. The delay is cheap but in the most amazing way, it just mangles the hell out of everything and it is constantly losing top end so you can keep piling more on. The LFO doesn't act predictably and when its in use you can't always know what kind of pitch it's going to make but it's brilliant!
This is the simplest synth I have ever used. To be honest I thought I'd get bored of it quickly, but I find myself spending hours playing with it. You get 3 things to affect, LFO, Cut off & Delay, I'm shocked just how much I can get just by doing some knob tweaking.
Some things to keep in mind.
- Don't think you're going to play melodies, it's a ribbon controller, they work best for sliding notes and droning sounds (think 50's scifi).
- It's noisy and might not be suited for most musical styles. I can very easily see it being used for industrial, metal, dubstep, techo, electro, psychedelic, experimental & abstract
- The delay is the key part, crank the time and feedback all the way up hit some notes. Now play around with the time and the cutoff knobs.. it gets really crazy.
- If you want to use it in a song you'll want to sample it. My advice hit record in your audio recording program play around with it for 10-15 mins and then chop out the stuff you like for samples.
I can't wait to pull this thing open and see what I can hook some pan pots (knobs) to. This thing is just begging to be modded.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
small device, big danger
By baby crab cakes
this is the size of an adult hand, but it is still very dangerous. at first i was skeptical, granted i have only dabbled in this kind of thing up until now; but if you hit the keys in the right order and with the right sequence, you can open the portal that allows contact with the s'ngai bra'h nak. i had a partner who assisted with this, i advise you to have a partner as well just in case things do not go as planned. regardless, it is a small, compact size with a danger factor of 10 and capable of unlocking many portals.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful. See all 207 customer reviews...
Totally amazing little machine, perfect for noise/experimental.
By Levi J. Bailey
I feel like I owe this thing a review. I bought one for myself when a friend had me pick one up for him so he could travel light for his tour in Europe. $40.00, I figured I'd give it a shot after watching some cool vids of it on YouTube and reading some okay reviews on here. When it arrived, I was a little shocked by the cheap packaging it came in, and it's lightweight, definitely toy-like appearance, but as soon as I put in the batteries and started messing with it, my $40.00 didn't matter anymore. This thing is rad. SO much fun. I'll let everyone else's reviews cover the technical stuff, but I'll link to the first song I made with it, within an hour of opening the thing. Two of the "clicky" tracks were made running a contact mic through the aux-in and processing it with the Korg, but the contact mic was the only thing used in the recording that wasn't the Korg itself. No other effects. This thing is rock-solid, totally delivers. I'm coming from a noise/experimental perspective, mind you...Other reviewers are right in saying it's a bit difficult to hit exact notes with the ribbon...but if you're looking to just make some crazy sounds, experiment, and have a lot of wiggle room with the possibilities, this thing is great. Even if you already have a synth or twenty, this thing needs to be in your house. Sorry, it's awesome.
There's the track. Thanks!!!