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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Guillaume a hobbyist user from US writes:
The sounds are really impressive, full, smooth pads, gritty 303-ish stuff. It doesn't want to cooperate with Cubase VST too well though... As soon as Cubase plays the sounds from the AS-1 start to emit frequent pops. I have a Pentium 233 MMX with 64mb of ram. Still, I'm going to buy it, I mean it's only $200 at Guitar Center. I'm also getting another 64 megs of ram to see if that'll help, because I really want this thing. Another step towards the all-software studio. If they add ReWire for PC (it's already on the MAC version), it should be unbelievable in combination with VST. Surprised that ther's not more hype about the AS-1. I guess they still have to smooth out some stuff like polyphony vs. CPU issues, and get it to run smoother along other sequencers. Check out the demo at and see for yourself how cool the Retro is.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-04-1999 at 21:27
David Hilowitz a part-timer user from USA writes:
I just got the PC version of Retro. I like the actual sounds this thing produces but I have one problem. The only way to get the synth to work is to play it in real time from a MIDI in device or from other sequencing software and, not only does it take up my wave out device (which is irritating if i'm trying to record audio with Cakewalk) but it also takes up a lot of CPU. I have a 200 Mhz MMX machine which is not even enough to play one voice when recording without glitches in the sounds. Reality, a much more complex synth, though without portamento, delivers cleaner tone and better CPU/tracks performance.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-21-1999 at 23:34
Russell a hobbyist user writes:
Nice. The review at Harmony Central said that it was better than an xp-80, but not as good as a nord lead. I can confirm the xp-80. I have downloaded the demo and compared it to the demos of Synoptic's Probe and Native Instruments' Generator, and I think the retro as-1 is better than either, soundwise. The sounds on the as-1 are crisp, yet have the analogue "oomph" missing from something like the K5000. Good for leads as well as depeche mode-type pads. Try: ARP string machine, Tom Sawyer, Clarion Call, Blue Meanie, and Infinite E (Cool patch names are also a plus.)

Would someone who has purchased the as-1 tell how much it cost, and how good the other 900 sounds are, whether it's good for sequencing dance music, etc? How are the emulations (demo didn't come with many)? Any decent harp or a chiff flute patches?


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-11-1999 at 17:45
matrix writes:
Very promising as far as pc based synths go. No delay in response to keyboard note on and off, but one problem on the PC I tested it on. Notes held down drop off as I played others on top. I'd hold down a note or chord on the base end and play a melody on the high end and the base end would drop. Not sure if it's just my system, but I'd definitely try before you buy. Almost there as far as PC based synths go. Nice sounding but a bit digital\clean sounding for an anolog in my opinion.

posted Monday-Jan-11-1999 at 00:30
VORTEX a part-timer user from Russia writes:
Well what can I say... it's GREAT!!!!! It's one of the best software that I used! It has excelent features, and excelent sounds They're just awesome. I will not say anything you just ned to bye this package, go to the nearest music store and ask for RETRO AS-1!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-10-1999 at 15:27
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