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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Dean T. Davis a professional user from U.S.A. writes:
Just got my PEK yesterday and all I can say is Dave Smith you're my hero. First of all the first polysynth I ever played was a Prophet-5 so I was excited when I found out Dave was back making synths. I want to also add it was because of this site and the reviews I read that I decided on the PEK rather than the Alesis Andromeda. I played the Andromeda about five years ago and wasn't very impressed with the sound. I loved the knobs, buttons, and all that but Alesis is new to making analog synths and after reading the reviews on this site with comments like bugs, poor build quality and such I decided to look for something else. After finally realizing that trying to get my Oberheim OB-8 repaired was going to be more an adventure than a reality I needed a analog poly synth I could depend on, sounded great, and was really analog not pseudo analog, not virtual analog but real analog. This thing rocks!!! Some of you posers out there say you don't like the fact it has only four voices. Buy the Poly Rack I am. I've read that the delay is weak. It may not be the best but I like the way it gives the sound an added dimension and if you don't like it turn it off. Somebody out there said they didn't like the light show. Ooooowwww they're to bright it's hurting my eyes! I happen to like lights on my synths, for one on a dark stage it helps you see and more importantly it gives me that mad scientist vibe, can you feel the electricity? The tuned feedback is insane, another great way to feak the listener out and the fact that it has two digital osc's put it over the top. Oh and the seqencer is the Bomb!!! I feel before you knock this synth for whatever you feel it isn't you should look at it for what it is. Sure it's expensive butI can afford any synth I want. I've worked hard to reach that level. If you can't afford it thats your problem. What can I say analog synths are boutique if you are a real synthesist and not a poser like most of you are you'll stop crying,leave those VA's alone and join me in the real world. Posers!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-04-2007 at 16:46
Jim C a part-time user from USA writes:
I have a PEK and a Poly Rack chained for 8 voice. All I can say about this thing is that is is far beyond most other synths available today.

First off, it's easy to use - I haven't been able to get to the sound I want this quickly since using what would would be called vintage equipment.

Secondly, the sound is as huge as you want it to be, or as raw and digital as you want it to be. Classic analog sounds are easy as well.

I have been waiting for years for someone to come out with a Synth that compares to the classic analog instruments of the past but implements the digital part of synthesis in a better way. Dave Smith has done that and somehow the sum of the parts are greater than the whole.

I remember reading an interview with Howard Jones and he was asked the question "what is the difference between todays synths and the earlier ones?" He answered that the new ones are like alien technology compared to the old ones but when you don't use one of the new ones for a while you completely forget where everything is, but turn on a "vintage synth" and you twist a few knobs and get the sound you need.

That's what the PEK is, it is a "Vintage" Interface controlling "Alien Technology." There is no comparison to any other synth.

I've had a Virus A and a B, a Supernova II Pro X and a Waldorf Q plus a lot of things you would find in a synth museum, like a Korg Poly Ensemble, Octave Cat, Crumar DS-2 & Crumar Performer.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-21-2007 at 01:17
John Graul a part-time user from USA writes:
This is one fun keyboard to play and the synth sounds are incredible. It's not a rompler so don't expect high quality Steinway sounds. I've just had a blast with this thing and it definitely draws an uninhibited creative side when I solo with it. Love it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-02-2007 at 14:36
p0pe a hobbyist user from dutch writes:
This is one of the best synths since the andromeda, its basicly a prophet hence a modern one ofcource. i dont think a profesional can compare this synth with a virus. The poly-evolver can sound very vintage, what in my ears sounds like a good thing. i dont like the delay,distortion (effect) on this synth but it can make some sick aggressive sounds if thats your thing. i like to program my own sounds and this synth will not disapoint in any way, its sound just like a analog of the past. it also gives you the digital osc. for all types of 80s sounds, or for some mayhem. oh and four voices may look like its not enough ,but its a good synth in any department so you have 4 fat sounding voices whitch is enough in a mix. forget the v.a. market and try this baby, just try to make youre own sounds then you know that this is a very good synth. its bass is fat ,its leads are fat pads and strings also a virus and a nord together will not give you the analog sound that this modern prophet can give, yes i have had them all, and the poly-evolver stayed!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-09-2006 at 06:42
Max McDougall a professional user from United States writes:
Maybe all four of the Dave Smiths I used were broken? I don't know what to tell you. I am not trying to be a prick here I am just giving my honest opinion. As far as questioning whether or not I am a professional, that is also a matter of opinion. It is also your right to call me stupid. However, my ears are checked every six months and I happen to program synthesizer operating systems and computer software so I consider myself a professional in my work. I STILL think my VA Virus creams this synth. In sound and price.

Belittle me to your hearts content. Or listen for yourself and have YOUR opinion as I will have MINE and respect it.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-03-2006 at 19:57
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