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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Tomm Buzzetta a hobbyist user from United States writes:
The original desktop "Evolver" is one incredible sounding synth! Only one thing could make it better in my estimation. Imagine a FOUR ANALOG OSCILLATOR version. No thin sounding digital wavetables -just solid ANALOG sinew( -up to FOUR detuned ANALOG PWM'd waveforms thick! ). And all coming out of a hardback novel sized synth. That much power packed inside a knapsack sized micro synth. Delicious! Sexy! Irresistable! I'd buy one in a microsecond! Would you? Visit, click on the "Gear Reviews" sidebar link, scroll down to the "Evolver Survey" and weigh in on the controversy. Perhaps if there's enough demand, Dave will consider enhancing his line with such a beast.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-07-2005 at 13:11
Wolf a hobbyist user from sf ca usa writes:
This thing is pure gold. I've had it only 2 nights and already I'm head over heals for this thing. It makes you wonder why there haven't been more interesting synth designs. There are so many modulation options it's almost like having your own little modular. The digital osc's really have character and analog osc's are pure classic, the feedback and noise are awesome and the ability of the sound to unfold over time is amazing. Bit reduction on the output it really rad. I know its been said before but it really is hard to believe this is just a mono synth. Dave Smith has outdone himself and everyone else for that matter. Kudos on the design its nice to see someone is willing to deviate from the classic analog configuration.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-06-2005 at 23:57
owen a part-time user from australia writes:
The sound is good, not fantastic. Analog oscillars sound nice, but are almost too stable. I won't comment on the digitals since i don't use them, but people seem to like them. The filter is a curtis, i think, which are fairly standard on a lot of analog synths. VERY clean analog, not at all like vintage analog, much more reserved. It still sounds good.

Evolver's presets are generally awful; mostly because they utilise a lot of distortion. I don't find the digital distortion/feedback on evolver useful at all. Get a filterbank if you want real distortion. There's some ok bass & lead programs.

Really good build quality for a synth this cheap. Doesn't feel plasticy (case is solid metal), but solid and professional. Buttons are a bit pathetic, however. Definitely no toy, despite the price.

Best thing about the Evolver is its flexibility. I challenge you to find a cheaper analog synth with 3 envelopes, 4 lfos, a mod matrix and a 4x16 sequencer (this can be used with other midi devices, but i've had problems with it). In possibilities comparible to a monophonic Oberheim Xpander. Well almost...

Unless you like it's distortion (I don't), Evolver probably won't be the centrepiece of your studio, but instead a very flexible tool for almost any conceivable task. At this price it's hard to argue.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-26-2004 at 00:54
scarecrow a professional user writes:
I like this synth very much. It fits nicely on top of my controller (a wonderful thing for gear whores) and sounds like a big hybrid monster. Sometimes too big and it kinda takes over everything. It's like nothing else i have and compliments the rest of my collection very well. Well worth the money and then some. Who cares if it's got some digital bits? If you want totally analog get a Moog and shut it. This is an amazing hardware synth capable of tones so diverse it can shine one moment and sound like a metal plant the next! Get the editor. TOP BUY!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-15-2004 at 22:52
synthus a professional user from USA writes:
The evolver rules the synth market, its so nasty but yet beautifoul, sounds great if you work it like a analog syth using the voices fore what they are you have a mean 4 voice analog synth imagine what you can do with it, even if 2 of the voices are digital, dont mind how they are produced, pay attention to how they sound, this thing is an instant classic! thanks Dave Smith who ive meet and can say, this is one of the most humle men ive ever meet!.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-11-2004 at 09:43
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