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Keyboard Product Reviews

Novation X-Station 49 Review

This was my first venture into the world of synths and I have to say, I am sold. The X-Station has got one of the best out-of-the-box experiences I've ever had with ANY piece of gear. Just plug it in, turn it on... Read more »

Roland SH-201 Review

Upon my first inspection of the Roland SH-201, I was a little intimidated. First of all, there are tons of knobs and faders and blinking lights that could overwhelm an inexperienced synth user like myself. But as I... Read more »

Access Virus TI Keyboard Review

The Access Virus TI is one of the most amazing analog modeling synthesizers I have ever heard. The scalable USB link gives you total control of your synth and studio, and this is great for a guy like me. I love... Read more »

AKAI MPC1000 Review

The MPC1000 is really the first drum machine/sampler I've really sat down with and gotten to know. I took it home and tried to forget everything I know about audio and recording. I wanted to approach it with the... Read more »

Line 6 Variax 700 Review

The Variax 700 looks like a guitar at first glance, but it's a lot more than that. On my first tour of the sounds of Line 6's modeling, I was amazed by the distinct differences between each of the settings. The... Read more »

Novation X-Station 25 Review

When I unwrapped the Novation X-Station 25 chills went up my spine. Novation. Novation. Did I mention Novation? I plugged it in, powered it up, and I was in heaven. The blissful sounds of a hard trance synth were... Read more »

Moog Minimoog Voyager Rack Mount Edition Review

I felt like a kid at Christmas, staring into the box and seeing the toy of my dreams looking back up at me. A once-over glance at the big widely spaced knobs and I was at home with the Moog Minimoog Voyager Rack... Read more »

Boss GT-6B Review

BOSS has long had a reputation for great effects, from their Compact pedal line to their Twin pedals and on up the chain, and the BOSS GT-6B Bass effects and amp modeling pedalboard is no exception. Any bassist... Read more »

Access Virus TI Keyboard Review

Upon unpacking the Virus TI Keyboard and hooking it up through my headphones, I just stared at this beautiful, sexy keyboard, and reflected on why I loved the Virus line so much. Like chess, it's easy to learn and... Read more »

Gibson Les Paul Supreme Review

The Les Paul is legendary for its beautifully massive tone, used countless times in major recordings and on stage. The Les Paul Supreme takes this legend to the next level, with a look, feel, and sound that earns... Read more »

Clavia Nord Lead 3 Review

The Nord Lead 3 from Clavia has a mysteriously seductive look to it. Its look is actually the reason I wanted to test it out and put it through the paces in the first place. Let me set the stage so to speak. I was... Read more »

Korg RADIAS Review

I have always been a geek for fiddling with knobs on anything, whether it be a blender or a large format console. But then again, what audio guy isn't? A lot of us are tactile, we like to really get our hands on a... Read more »

Native Instruments Kore Review

I remember seeing Native Instruments Kore at the last NAMM show, and being intrigued.here was a product promising something different! But would NI deliver? I was fortunate to get my hands on a review copy of Kore a... Read more »

MOTU Digital Performer 5 Review

It's always a big deal when one of the premier DAW manufacturers unleashes a major upgrade on the world. So no surprise there's been big buzz about Digital Performer 5 from MOTU. I (along with hordes of other DP... Read more »

M-Audio Trigger Finger Review

Programming drums can be a pain in the butt. Plunking little dots on a grid with a mouse is tedious, and often results in lame rhythms - which is fine, if you're into that sort of thing. For great-feeling drums and... Read more »

Korg Triton Extreme 61 Review

I've been a keyboard player for 20 years, I own a Kurzweil K2600 and a Yamaha Motif ES, competitors for the Korg Triton Extreme I'm reviewing. After a couple of days evaluation, I want a Triton Extreme! The sounds... Read more »

Dave Smith Instruments Evolver Keyboard Review

I have never been a synth guy. With that said, I love The Evolver Keyboard. I say that I have not been a 'synth' guy because with most synthesizers there is a pretty steep learning curve for someone just getting... Read more »

Universal Audio LA-610 Review

I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try out the LA-610, especially since a friend of mine was very interested in it. I at least wanted to find out for myself what all the fuss was about. I wanted to see what it... Read more »

Korg Electribe-SX Review

I had an opportunity to test drive the Korg ESX-1 music production sampler. I hooked it up at my home studio. I was first impressed with its sweet-hot look and the built-to-last feel. I quickly learned how to get... Read more »

Clavia Nord Stage 88 Review

When I took the Nord Stage out of the box I could immediately tell this was built for heavy touring. The Swiss Metallic chassis gave it a very sturdy and road worthy feel. After turning the Nord on and allowing its... Read more »

Clavia Nord Electro 73 Review

Getting started with the Clavia Nord Electro 2 was so fast and easy. I just unpacked it from the box, plugged it in, and was making music within one minute. Everything you need to make or adjust sounds and... Read more »

AKAI MPC2500 Review

AKAI has once again topped the market in sampling groove workstations. The MPC2500 has the same great quality that you have come to expect from the MPC line, but with some amazing new features. New features such as... Read more »

Moog Moogerfooger MF-105B Bass MuRF Review

What is the Bass MuRF? Think of it as a graphic equalizer whose frequencies change gain based on the patterns of an internal sequencer. It is also one of those rare pieces of equipment that inspires creativity. From... Read more »

Korg microKORG Review

I have to admit that I was a little intimidated by Korg's MicroKORG unit. Being a drummer I haven't had much opportunity to sit down with a synthesizer so I really didn't know what to expect Opening the box, I felt... Read more »