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Keyboard Product Reviews

PreSonus FaderPort Review

Having used the mouse and keyboard to mix for as long as I can remember, I began to feel that it was time to take the next step to a control surface. However, I didn't feel quite ready to jump into a larger scale... Read more »

Roland V-Synth GT Review

The V-Synth GT is Roland's groundbreaking synth unit. This synth packs a lot of power in a functional package. It's an incredible buy for synth enthusiasts, siding closely with the synth days of old. What's... Read more »

GEM RP-X Review

GEM has really nailed the portable, easy-to-use piano sound module with the RP-X. I found its minimalistic approach to the front panel highly refreshing and simple. Just plug it in and you're ready to start playing... Read more »

Moog Little Phatty Stage Edition Review

The Moog Little Phatty Stage Edition is an amazing synth. As you open the box, you'll immediately notice the exceptional detail in every aspect of this piece. This is one of the last synths Bob Moog designed. It has... Read more »

Roland MV-8800 Review

After putting the Roland MV-8800 through its paces in my home studio I can say without reservation that the MV8800 represents a major advancement in the eternal quest to develop a comprehensive in-the-box production... Read more »

Yamaha DD-65 Review

Since I'm not a drummer, I was a bit apprehensive about using the DD-65. But I got it out of the box, set it on my desk, hooked in the hi-hat and kick pedals, and was able to get started right away. Whether hitting... Read more »

AKAI MPC1000 Review

I was reluctant at first as I unpacked the MPC1000 to do a review. First, I associated it with music styles that don't interest me. Second, making music on a "groove box" was alien to me, being a guitar player. I... Read more »

AKAI MPC500 Review

Inspiration can strike anytime and anywhere. In today's fast paced world, musicians need the ability to capture ideas when they have them, and the MPC500 makes it all possible. For many musicians, carrying a laptop... Read more »

Line 6 Bass PODxt Live Review

For the bassist who desires great flexability of tone, live and in the studio, the Line 6 Bass PODxt Live offers a vast spectrum of distinctive effects and amplifier models. I tried out the PODxt Live in my home... Read more »

Korg R3 Review

The Korg R3 is an AMAZING sounding keyboard! It is great for the experienced keyboardist who wants to add a completely new palette of textures to his keyboard rig. It's also perfect for the electronic musician... Read more »

Roland Fantom-XR Review

The Fantom-XR has so many features, I couldn't get through all of them in the amount of time that I had it! The digital I/O along with the built-in USB MIDI interface are definite benefits for the studio. The... Read more »

Universal Audio LA-610 Review

I use a traditional recording console for my recordings and I was pretty happy with the way everything sounded. My perception has definitely changed after experiencing the Universal Audio LA-610. It worked great for... Read more »

Korg KP3 Review

The Korg KAOSS Pad v3 (KP3) is the most unique multi-effects processor on the market today. Korg has created a whole new way to approach live effects processing with the KAOSS Pad series, and their third version is... Read more »

Clavia Nord Electro 73 Review

I was extremely excited to use the Clavia Nord Electro 73. I was expecting the Nord Electro 73 to be a keyboard with a great sound bank of vintage keyboards and organs. My expectations were met and exceeded. The... Read more »

Korg RADIAS Review

The Korg Radias was definitely an experience from start to finish. Right out of the box I was blown away by the look and style of this unit before even getting it all set up. Matched with the versatility, the sound... Read more »

Roland Fantom-X8 Review

When I heard about the Fantom's capabilities - audio integration, Skip Back Sampling, dynamic pads, to name a few - I thought it was going to be difficult to figure out. Not so. Roland has made the interface so... Read more »

PreSonus Central Station Review

Like most people with a DAW I was in great need of a way to switch between studio monitors, and set up a headphone monitoring and talkback system. I also needed a stereo pair of meters that could display analog and... Read more »

AKAI MPC500 Review

When the MPC500 was introduced, my first thought was that it would be a low function, low-power unit that would not be a cost-effective way to work. After I got it out of the box and spent time with it, I realized... Read more »

Korg microX Review

I was unsure what I was getting into when I opened up the microX. It was so small and it comes in this awesome orange case, so naturally I thought the case was just a cover-up for the keyboard being so small. I... Read more »

MOTU Traveler Review

The blue glossy Traveler box showed up at my door on a cold Alaskan evening in 2005. The warm glow of the gold-covered connections and the banks of I/O stole my heart and then immediately started pleading with me to... Read more »

Korg Electribe-MX Review

The EMX-1 is a new drum machine/synthesizer workstation combo from the folks at Korg. It places a great sequencer, five mono synths, three effects, and a full-on drum machine all in a small intuitive box. First and... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments Poly Evolver Keyboard Review

When I first got the Poly Evolver Keyboard I couldn't wait to open it up. I set it up and just couldn't help myself, I could not have it set up and then sit there and read the manual. I had to start playing around... Read more »

Roland MC-808 Review

The Roland MC-808 sampling groovebox really shines when it comes to a do-it-all "beat box." This is a deep unit - not only does it have great rhythm tracks, it can also serve as a powerful sequencer with real... Read more »

Yamaha Motif ES8 Review

I have played just about every kind of professional keyboard out there at one time or another, so I can say with confidence what an amazing music production synthesizer the Yamaha Motif ES8 really is. The ES8 is my... Read more »