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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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steve a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
Awesome synth in pretty much every respect. I have owned the synth for 24 hours with around 10 hours of review time. It came with Vers. 4.03 SW and the serial number is between 6 and 700. The keyboard is as good as any other similar sized VA and better than most. Compare it to a Korg MS2000, Nord Lead 2 and an OB-12 and you'll see that the negative press is way overstated. The sound is fantastic and more analog than other VA's I considered. The ACS parameter smoothing algorithm allows you to tweak any control in real time with no zipper noise or other artifacts at any frequency. The sound is super rich, effects are first rate, modulation is extensive, etc. etc. Some magazine reviews have stated that the "transpose" keys only work on the local keyboard, which is not true (I can change key range on all of my synths from the Indigo). Another review stated that the headphone jack was noisy, and mine is completely silent at maximum volume with Sennheiser HD-600's.

It's looks like a race car, sounds like a dream, is built like a tank, and exudes quality. I'm not sure what else you could want.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-19-2001 at 10:22
KB-Dude a part-time user from UK writes:
The action what there is of it is naff and there is no aftertouch, the casework and LEDs look cool but basically the indigo is an expensive gimmick. Get the Virus B or better still the KB which costs only a bit more.

5 for the B and 5 for the KB, 4 for the now expandable slim rack. 3 for the indigo for being a cheeky ripoff.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-26-2001 at 09:13
Chadman a part-time user from USA writes:
Man, I am SOOO bummed. The Indigo I got had a problem with the delay circuits. Viruses are so hard to get in the US that I was unable to get a replacement unit. I've had to settle for getting my money back.

Besides the EFX being bad, the unit was awesome! Very deep bass for a VA and much less ambient noise in the outputs compared to my MicroQ. It's super easy to program. The blue LEDs were sooooo cool. It's a very light keyboard, so it would have been perfect for live shows. I feel that the onboard EFX (if they work *haha*) make the Indigo more desireable than the any of the Nords (although I've yet to hear a 3). The extra waveforms in the oscillators are a nice touch too, and make it easier to come up with some interesting sounds.

On the downside, the arppegiator is a bit limited. It's not bad, it's just that the MicroQ's is fully programmable. It's possible to get very close to a TB-303 accent and glide with the Q, not so the Virus.

And of course the major downside is that Access US is so small that it's tough to get a virus, let alone one to replace a defective one. They were great people and very helpful, they just don't have the resources that the big boys do. Here's hoping that the sell a million Viruses and become the huge company they deserve to be :-)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-May-25-2001 at 21:08
lorin cutts a professional user from Ireland writes:
Just got my hands on an Indigo and can't really put into words how I feel! Fantastic - certainly the best modern synth I've ever used. Easy to programme and sounds that reach far into the future with a quick glance back to the (analog) past. This and a couple of true analog synths are all the sound sources you'll ever need.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-23-2001 at 08:07
John Heuscher a part-time user from USA writes:
The Indigo is a monster of a synth. Don't let its size fool you. This Synth has a big fat sound that is unique and different than the other analog modeling synths out there. The bass patches are deep and punchy while the pads are absolutly amazing. From retro to todays trance and techno this machine can do it all. Even if your not into dance this board is worth more than 4 vintage keyboards put together. Plus more flexible and affordable with todays technology. My brother got to try this synth in the studio first and said each time he touched the keys it was like "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". With its silver aluminum body and glowing deep blue lights this UFO of synth is very well made. I feel a lot of the the new VA boards use too much plastic and are not solid. The big manufactures could learn a thing or two from Access. Plus it is 16 part multi timberal with great effects built in. For technical specs check out the Access web site. It may be a while before peopleget to see one due to its high demand. I suggest buying one or two. It is well worth it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-22-2001 at 08:25
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