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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Clarence a professional user from USA writes:
For beginners, stay away from this module.

For those of you who want to create your own original sounds because you want your music to sound different, then you must buy this or its bigger brother, the Modular. The editor is an incredible program and the fact is you're buying a DSP chip that is completely programmable.

I had my doubts at first, but after playing with one, I was very impressed. Imagine having sounds almost as good as a Waldorf Pulse, but up to 4 of them at one time!

When you demo the unit at your local music store, bear in mind that the factory demo sounds only scratch the surface as to what you can do.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-26-2000 at 23:20
Shaft a professional user from Los Angeles writes:
I own a Prophecy, Pulse, JV2080, Matrix1000 and numerous softsynths. The MicroModular is a welcome addition to my setup. Let me count the ways: 1. Programming flexibility. No other synth (besides a traditional modular or maybe a Kyma...$$$$) can do the kinds of sounds this thing can. Try and put seven oscillators into one patch with any other synth - you can't; most synths stop at three. 2. The fastest response of any virtual analog. Clavia has beaten the pants off of every other modeling synth in this department. This is the only all-digital synth I would trust to double up parts with my Pulse and not lag. Other manufacturers may catch up in the latency race, but Clavia has got 'em whipped for now. Fast envelopes are a must for dance music, and the Micro delivers. 3. Usability: Has anyone used a softsynth that ISN'T a pain in the arse to play live with? The Micro is a snap - just load the patches and take the Modular with you. IT BEHAVES! Today it's a monosynth, tomorrow it's an analog-style step sequencer, the next day it's an effects processor! 4. Audio In's. The filter SCREAMS! The only digital filters I've heard that are better than my Em-U. The most musical digital filters I've heard - I'll try 'em on anything and the results are are usually very nice. Not what I call warm, but not at all harsh either - sometimes I run it through a tube pre or compressor to warm the sound. 5. Quality : Constructionwise, it's solid. No flimsy knobs. In terms of service and support, Even Yamaha (not to mention those senile snoozers at Roland) can't compete. The Japanese companies are mired in corporate bureaucracy that prevent their products from being the choice of most serious composers. Nord and especially Waldorf, as well as many independent American synthbuilders, are leading the way with a new business model that understands that without quality tools in the hands of genuine artists, we might as well be working for fascists, eating spam and listening to nothing but muzak and Wagner. If you run a hard-disk recording system, this thing is every bit as useful as the full Modular. Just overdub the different parts and you'll be fine. The only two sacrifices are polyphony and buit-in knobs (get a Phatboy and you're halfway there). But for one-third the price of it's big brother, this baby is a Godsend. Well done Clavia!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-22-2000 at 05:47
Evan a hobbyist user from Florida, USA writes:
I just got this little machine 2 days ago, but already I am very impressed! I was able to find hundreds of presets available on the many web sites (start from the www.clavia.com/clavia/links.htm site) and am using those to help in my understanding of the powerful editor. The sounds range from FAT basses to COOL pads with everything in-between! The arpeggiators are great, but I'm not ready to program them yet - give me a week :)

My Korg Prophecy has just become a controller for this baby.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-13-2000 at 14:34
Mattsson a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
Ir's a little red devil! Ok, it doesn't sound exactly like a "pure" analog synt. But, hey! If I wanted that, I would have *bought* a real analog. And for less money. But that's not the point with the Micro. The point is that you can do *anything* with this! Including useing it as compressor, vocoder, effect unit, etc, etc!

Anyone beat a 14 poly patch? =) I use 3.9 percent of the DSP. Can't figure out a more economic patch.

Jag: Yes, you can use two interfaces in the same computer.

DJ: Push you caps-lock, it's stuck.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-18-1999 at 16:18
ekepeke a part-time user writes:
Some people live with the missconception that polyfony on this baby is 4, tops. There is no such limit. as long as you have dsp power you can add polyfony. this gives it a polyfony of maybe 8 but honestly if you use in that way your not taking advantage of this machine.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-10-1999 at 15:08
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