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Diaries of a Gear Reviewer: The White Noise of Online Reviews Is Deafening
  08-Aug-13
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Connor    Said...

I may be a synth enthusiast, but I am definitely one of the people that likes to HEAR the capabilities of a synth and not hear someone talk about it. Though if I can get both, that's great too, which Sonic State usually does, thankfully.

08-Aug-13 01:11 PM


S R Dhain    Said...

Very true. Ive put up a demo in the past of my system 100, with a view to carry on and develop my style into some sort of mini review scenario. When i realised the amount of work that goes into it, in terms of editing, and even working to some sort of brief ( it's got to have a coherant structure, eg:- intro, main features, and so on), i thought "nah, i'll leave it to nick and the guys". Sonic state are THE place for new gear reviews as far as im concerned. The level of detail, pace, and most importantly INFORMED OPINION during and at the end of the reviews, is par excellence. With regards to older stuff, there's already a plethora of older synth videos out there, so plenty to choose from in that regard.

14-Aug-13 11:04 AM


Ted    Said...

For me, the technical playing comes secondary to the infotainment of a good review.

A really good guitarist (or keyboard player, etc.) can make any piece of gear seem wonderful. It feeds the notion that if I just had this gear, I'd be better and have more fun.

There's always a level of mistrust I have when I see a professional-lever player review gear, especially if they are connected to a gear store. They always praise it with a small token downside. The real issues are glossed over, up to you to discover once you've bought it.

I get more value from seeing a less pro review, with a playing style closer to my talentless strumming and keymashing. At least I know what it will sound like in reality.

Sonic State provides deep reviews and I don't feel they are pushing any sales goal. Maybe that Boss Pedal review earlier this year was a bit much, but the opinions seemed honest.

17-Aug-13 09:39 AM


brian from usa    Said...

Don't worry Rich, you're not the worst. I'm far worse than you!

I agree about the proliferation of "reviews" that don't really review and "demos' that don't really demonstrate.

Twenty years ago I wrote tech articles on synthesizer gear and today sporadically post on forums about gear and software that I use. I always worry that I'm not really getting across the information I want to pass on.

Today on the net I surf for info on gear and find lots of web pages that provide no real info at all! I suppose that's inevitable when there's no gatekeeping...editors, publishers, etc. When anyone can post their opinion eventually it does become white noise. The worst is when you get wildy divergent opinions...it's the holy grail vs. it's the worst turd ever foisted on the public...and no way to know what the background and perspective of the "reviewer" is.

SonicState has been steadily improving over the years in both content and polish of the videos. BTW I miss Shorn Rah, his videos were always fun to watch. Keep up the good work, guys.

19-Aug-13 06:13 AM


mark    Said...

You can say someone who is a better player will be more authoritative I suppose. But you can also question whether they're just being opinionated. And I'm always watching out for any hint that they're being PAID to review a product which eliminates any credibility in my mind. I prefer straight demos without ANY discussion whether they like it or not. I've also found time and time again the sound coming from a Youtube video is no way to judge a product. Just my .02

21-Aug-13 11:26 PM


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