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Keyboard Product Reviews

Dave Smith Instruments Mopho Review

How many of us have used only software synths and never touched a real analog synth? When you think analog synth, you generally think of expensive panels full of switches and dials... something that you would never... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments Evolver Keyboard Review

What makes the Evolver Keyboard special? While a lot can be said about the use of both real analog oscillators AND 128 digital wavetables, as well as the extensive sound mangling features of this synth, what really... Read more »

Korg microKORG Review

One of the main things that attracted me to the microKORG was that it wasn't as intimidating as the giant keyboard workstations with more functions than I have time or patience to learn. For I am by no means a... Read more »

Korg M3 61 Review

The Korg M3 can be a little intimidating when first viewed. There were so many sliders, buttons, and other controllers that I didn't really know where to start after I got it set up. This hesitation quickly... Read more »

Line 6 LowDown HD750 Review

There have been many great bass amps over the years to fill a variety of niches in the various genres of grooving. Any connoisseur of such amps will remember the late '60s Ampeg B-15, the Marshall Super bass, the... Read more »

Alesis SR18 Review

The Alesis SR18: Wow! I've been writing music for many years, and I really can't believe I ever lived without this drum machine! A 12-pad, sample-based, velocity-sensitive drum machine, AC- or battery-powered, this... Read more »

Nord Stage 88 Review

I'm not much of a keyboard whiz, so a big stage piano like the Nord Stage 88 can be a little bit intimidating to a guy like me. My first thought whenever I think of modern stage keyboards is "OK, how complicated is... Read more »

Fender VG Stratocaster Review

I'm a keyboard player. So, not really being a guitar player myself, I still do have a great appreciation for a great guitar. My roommate in college had a pre-CBS Fender Strat and a Gibson Dove, and I fell in love... Read more »

Yamaha MOTIF-RACK XS Review

I've always appreciated the workmanship that Yamaha puts into their pro audio gear, and the Yamaha MOTIF-RACK XS is no exception... and all in one rackspace. Incredible. It comes fully loaded from the factory with... Read more »

Novation XioSynth 25 Review

I have to admit that as a bass player I am intimidated by keyboards. I'm overwhelmed by all those menus and buttons. So it was with some trepidation that I decided to take a weekend to get to know the XioSynth 25... Read more »


Korg has fulfilled an untouched niche with the Kaossilator. There are a lot of funny-looking little boxes on the market that perform all sorts of weird little tricks, but none are as fun as the Kaossilator. From... Read more »

Korg ZERO8 Review

The ZERO8 has looked intriguing, to say the least, since it was announced last year. It seemed, with good reason, to be the be-all-end-all electronic musician's mixer. Only recently did I get the chance to really... Read more »

Roland JUNO-D Review

As a songwriter/arranger, with a string and horn background, I have always been missing key and synth sounds. I have dabbled with piano and keyboards before, but my level of playing was just not good enough to print... Read more »

Roland VP-550 Review

The Roland VP-550 is a product without peer in the realm of harmony processing gear. There are a multitude of boxes out there that can auto-harmonize with your voice based on what chords you play on either a guitar... Read more »

Kurzweil PC3 Review

If you're anything like me, the first thing you'll notice about the PC3 is that it won't fit in your car boxed. Luckily, you'll probably have it shipped to your house. So you can bypass this issue. However, once you... Read more »

Propellerhead Reason 4 Review

I've been using Propellerhead's Reason since its first incarnation back in 2000. Reason houses a virtual studio rack loaded with great sounding gear and an easy-to-use sequencer. The samplers and synthesizers... Read more »

Korg M3 61 Review

While I have been a musician for over 30 years the Korg M3 was my first exposure to a fully-integrated "workstation" keyboard, and with that thought in mind, I was expecting it to be a daunting experience. What I... Read more »

Moog Moogerfooger M-105 MuRF Review

My first impression when I opened the MuRF (it stands for Multiple Resonance Filter array) box was, "wow, this thing is huge!" The MuRF is two to three times the size of your standard "stompbox" guitar effect. After... Read more »

DigiTech Vocalist Live Pro Review

Adding the Vocalist Live Pro to your rig is like adding four backup singers to your bond (except the Vocalist fits into a single rack unit). With the Vocalist, you get up to four voices of harmony AND a ton of... Read more »

Korg Electribe-MX Review

What is it that makes the Electribe-MX super-cool? Two words: Instant Gratification. You don't have to read the manual to be up and running immediately with this. Plug it in, turn it on, and instantly you have... Read more »

electro-harmonix HOG Review

Among the true giants in the world of guitar effects and pedal manufacturers is the great electro-harmonix, the same people who brought you the legendary Big Muff Pi, the Small Stone, and many other classics. So... Read more »

Roland SP-555 Review

I have to admit, the SP-555 isn't the type of technology that I know much about. Upon getting it home, I was a little intimidated at first by all the flashing lights and glowing buttons. I am like a lot of consumers... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 08 Special Edition Review

Before I even started playing the Dave Smith Instruments Prophet 08 Special Edition synthesizer, I had to take note of how chic and stylish it is. The Prophet 08 SE sports red-lighted pitch and modulation wheels and... Read more »

Korg KP3 Review

Being somewhat new to the DJ world, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the Korg KAOSS Pad (KP3) was to learn to use. Within minutes of taking it out of the box, I had my iPod plugged in to it, and was... Read more »