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Average rating: 5.0 out of 5
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Analognutjob a professional user from usa writes:
Played one of these beasts in the late 70's and they are fantastic i often wonder what happed to that lovely massive analog monster i used to play,probably in a museum someplace i guess. I remember very nice lead synth with great osc's two of em that could be detuned from each other and a dual portamento for each vco...insane sounding. String section was beautiful,sorrowfull even but lovely it used to make the hairs on my neck stand up.

poly synth section was also very usable and the bass section could produce solid twangs.

I would love to see one again in the flesh but I have not seen one since 1980. The whole synth had a very elegent soulfull sound to it and was the sound of ARP to my ears all in one synth.

A lovely machine from the past that brings back some nice memories for me.

I guess an quadra now must be worth a fortune and must be museum peices. I am going to give it a 5 out of five because it always sounded great to me and looked like it was made in the 70's by people tripping on acid. I wish synth makers of today would go back to building synths like this.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-02-2005 at 09:45
solid_state_freaks a professional user from england writes:
The Arp Quadra is a very large beautiful electronic masterpiece its designers really did create a wonderful odd creature but beautiful at the same time.These synths are extremely rare now and command a high price for good reason...they are stunning.The synth is split into four setions which can all be passed through the gorgeous phaser.The four parts are:- 1...bass synth which is a simple setup but can produces some nice twangy bass sounds,the string synth which is pure solina you could not tell the difference between a solina and a quadra,the poly synth which to me is a very organic sounding section and finally the lead synth which is sort of a stripped down odyssey without the mod routings. At the back of the synth are seperate outputs that can be used like an effect send,you can pass the signal from each section to various eq's and effects and then rout the effects back into the quadra.On its own without effects this machine may not excite as much as some of the machines out there today but when you add effects and eq this synth will blow your mind. It is a shame that such a beautiful creation was partly to blame for putting arp out of business it just arrived too late to save them. If you can find one of these synths then buy it immediatley and buy some effects you will not be dissapointed.

To Mr A R Pearlman and steve friend despite your company folding all those years ago you created some of the most beautiful synths ever....30 years on people our still using your synths and that is a testament to your genius

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-01-2004 at 05:11
Chris a professional user from Southampton. writes:
This synth features on a lot of tracks by Donny Hathaway, and that's good enough for me. It is very soulful. The phase shifter strings are particularly common on stuff produced around 1979/80. It cannot produce the variety of stuff that the Prophets or Oberheims could. What it could do, it did brilliently. When you stack sounds there is nothing else like it. The strings ARE those off the solina. They are exact. I played them side by side to check. They are IDENTICAL. The screaming leads are iconic of the period. Very Arp and in yer face.

The hardware should be durable, but it isn't. The sliders go stiff and snap of when players force them. I squirted a drop of lighter fuel into the slider gaps and it did the trick. I wouldn't recommend that course of action. I was desparate! This synth excells at organ, string, bass and lead sounds. Don't expect poly-cross-mod or noise stuff. It is a very soulful and musical synth. The bass blows your head off. It has a dedicated synth unit for bass. Lovely.

finding one of these is difficult. They are very rare and expensive. many adds say 'offers' and we know what that means. You will own most of the major Arp sounds if you get one. It is a most imposing synth which will fill up your studio.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-24-2004 at 02:40
Caz a professional user from South of England writes:
Sound like you have my old one. Is the lowest note damaged o its edge? The faults you have descibed are those I encountered. Just like the prophet 5..when one thing breaks, others follow the lead. The synth is awsome. With all units swiched on, is there a fatter sound in synthdom? Like a lot of 'all things switched on' sounds, the noise is not particularly useful, but hey, it still does it! The lead synth sound is great. Ask some sad git to do an impersonation of a synthesizer and they'll do an Arp Quadra lead sound. The strings are pure solina. That phase shifter..well if it were a stand alone unit it would be worth a $1000. The poly sound is ok...great filter sweeps. Better than a polymoog. The bass is madness itself. talk about up front! The look is so retro. All-in-all, a great piece of kit to have about. Someone said about synths doing a few thins well. The Quadra lacks the versatility of a lot of its contemporaries. But what it does, it does brilliently. Its strings and leads are the best there are.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-08-2003 at 12:05
Stephen Porter from England writes:
I bought my ARP Quadra in a broken state.The Strings had hung notes,the poly synth droned and the lead and bass synth where out of tune,sliders had been snapped off during its life and the phasor was not working.People said I must be mad for buying it because if the processor in one of these machines decide to go phhhtz then the machine is useless.I bought the machine not knowing if the processor was damaged I took the chance and obtained her and then took her to a synth repair genious called James Walker of Music Control who transforme3d her from a broken wreck to a fully working machine and even replaced the broken sliders and gave me a spare processor. Beleive me this machine is worth the money spent she is beautiful.The strings,the poly synth the lead and bass when mixed and placed through effects can create sound scapes that are so stunning and beatiful,Some say she looks ugly but I think this machine looks like a proper synthesiser black orange blue white green mmmmm she is lovely if she was a woman she would be a playboy mansion babe,maybe not much in the brains department(processor is a basic intel device) but looks sexy and makes sexy noises. If you see one of these machine buy it,if you see one broken buy it and get it fixed and lovingly keep her alive. There is just something about this machine,I cannot put my finger on it and I do not have the command of the english language to describe her beauty.Trust me get one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-29-2003 at 07:08
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