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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Jarvis a professional user from Swindon, UK writes:
This isn't a toy. It is not a synth for instant gratification but not much else like a Juno. This is a highly sophisticated mega synth for experienced users. If you are an expert programmer, you will make sounds unmatched, aplenty. the interface suggests ease of use. The hidden depth is beyong imagination. This is 16 modular synths in a box. It is also beautiful. I have never had any 'lock ups'. I think it's a myth, though several will say otherwise. I hope they've actually seen and played one! You cannot compare with a Jupiter which is simplistic by comparisson. This synth is more powerful than a matrix 12. That says it all. If you can't get a decent sound out of one, then that's your lack of programming skill. It is nothing to be ashamed of. Just learn.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-02-2007 at 04:18
lustral a professional user from Germany writes:
I'd like to cut it short since I'm too tired after a loong and depressing studio night. I own the A6 since 2002 and have been using it extensively, it made its way many times into my records. It's an extremely versatile synthesizer, but it doesn't sound good as fast as for example a Jupiter sounds good. I don't like its metallic Moog filter, and there are workarounds, but they either cost you the other filter or compromises. I don't like the sound of the saw and square, and also here, there are workarounds. You get nice stuff out of the A6, but it needs looong tweaking and try'n'error, other than the Juno for example. If you're a synthhead and don't mind sitting in front of it for many hours until you get the sound you want to get out of it, it's the way to go. If you like a moogish sound with a metallic touch to it on the "moog" filter, it's the way to go. If you want snappy and fat filters, if you want to predict what to get out of your machine, rather get a Jupiter. I wish the oscillators sounded different. Oh, yes, the OS isn't being updated since 2002, so get along with the bugs in this machine and freezing sometimes, that machine lives and doesn't agree with everything you wanna do with it ;-)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-26-2007 at 04:23
Les Farrington a professional user from The American Empire writes:
well, I just read ALOT of comments on the A6. I dont own one so this might diqualify me from any substantial expertise. First of all CEM "a professional in New York" is a butthead. a professional what? you spell guys as "guyz". how old are you? anyway, its plastic but not cheap..Hell, half the cars on the road are 50% plastic including body panels. so that is bullshit to say its CRAP cause its plastic. Now back to the synth. I own a Juno 106, Ive owned a Matrix 12. I have a Voyager and a Little Phatty. Ive owned a Korg poly 6 and although Ive never owned a a Prophet I have used them and I love them all. they are all useful tools of creativity. Ive owned just about every digital synth the Japanese have made over the last 20 years. a real gear addict here. I loved the D-50. It sounded like nothing at the time. it was a NOISY LITTLE ALIASING JOY to play with and you cant watch an episode of StarTrekNextGeneration without hearing it. I visit my local Guitar Center a few times a week to visit friends and PLAY THE ANDROMEDA!! I love the Virus Ti Polar. I Love the New Korg Radias. Great Fun. BUT, nothing gets me transfixed like the Andromeda. there is something hypnotic about its organic approach. the knobs and feedback. the FILTERS OH YES THE FILTERS. I sit and fiddle with all the synths but like I said, this synth really has my heart. I have put money down for one this week. Soon I will be able to offer a fully realized opinion. the presets are junk. but it doesnt take much to make them sing. I am a PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN. I have been for 20 years without a break. I have had songs on top 40, in soundtracks and movies, been involved in production of so many different styles of music I feel like i have multiple personalities. Ive recorded at several TOP studios in Las Angeles and Dallas Texas. Im sure I should blow it out my ass but I just wanted to lend some kind of weight to my opinion. THE ANDROMEDA IS SERIOUSLY ONE OF THE BEST SYNTHS EVER MADE. but what do I know, maybe SIR CEM OF NEW YORK IS RIGHT. and I should leave synth reviews to "them". do you have "thier" addresses?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-14-2007 at 23:44
Justin Tyler a professional user from USA writes:
I am a Juno 106 freak. I have like five of them. I am like a vintage synth purist pretty much. Although I have some bizzare soft stuff to which has it's place. I am also a guitarist. The Andromeda is the only new analoge synth that to my ear had that certain something.That inspiration on demand factor that I get from like vintage Rolands ect. I only tried it once at a music store but it left a very very favorable impression.I know when the magic is there.So often it is not..Voyager/Evolver ect.Stale/ not even close to namesakes .Andromeda is like old school analoge quality sound.I want two. Ouch. It's gonna cost!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-01-2007 at 18:46
Daisey a professional user from Liverpool writes:
This is an amazing instrument. It is possibly the best synth in current production...or I should say..currently available new or newish. Yes, the best synth in the world. Lush, complex, beautiful, reliable, organic and modern. Neil below thinks they are still being made then gives a reason why they're not. I think he's wrong, as most would be buyers do. I tried to get one new just over a month ago and the dealer said that none were available. I said would there be any arriving soon and he shook his head before trying to sell me a Virus polar. He wouldn't take a deposit or discuss future production. I paid £1100 and got a nearly mint 2nd hand example off the SOS site. I'm in love. I'm off touring later this year and this will be my main synth. It's fantatic. The best synth I've ever played.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-09-2007 at 11:09
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