For your inner synth lover
So, I got this little guy for my birthday. When I first saw it, I realized that it seemed built considerably better than the pictures show. For me, there is no cracks or noteworthy component offsets (example: if the volume knob wasn't very horizontal), aside from the audio jacks, in the plastic, and its a quality plastic as well. Let me just say, this is a huge amount of possibilities at this price point, and these 5 knobs can do a whole lot!
With 2 oscillators, this thing is capable of unison with detuning, as well as some extreme pitch modulation with the second oscillator. the filter is extremely fun to play with in real time. I even heard synthetic "voices" when messing with osc2 pitch with some cross mod. the option to switch on and off the output of the second oscillator is a great addition. the built in speaker isn't as horrible as I thought it was going to be, and actually reveals what you are making very well. I also noticed what I believe to be a harmonics locking mechanism, and what I mean by that is it makes it easier to get an FM sound without any detune or movement in the waveform. it seems to know when the sound matches up and becomes a basic waveform.
My only small complaints is that there is quiet noise coming out of the speaker and the headphone jack. seems to be more noticeable on headphones than speakers, but on the speakers i couldn't even hear the noise. The second one is that the ribbon controller is a little difficult to use; however, you can still play simple tunes if you keep trying. Also maybe worth mentioning is that it is hard to get a slow detune on the 2 oscillators because of this "harmonics locking feature". This is all nitpicking at this price point.
overall, I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to try hands on synthesis or wants a pocket synth that sounds good. It also makes a great gift for synthesis lovers of all ages. It is relatively easy for anyone to understand how to use it. Although this wouldn't be a good choice for a studio, I Highly recommend this product to satisfy your inner synth lover.