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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Lane Mikels a part-time user from USA writes:
I got the S3 in the early 90s, after an extensive feature comparison of all the keyboards on the market at the time. It was way more than I could afford, but I got one anyway- and there is NO WAY this thing is even today worth anything less than a thousand bucks. Of course ive kept mine in nearly mint condition. It's not the turbo version, but I've created some fantastic music with and and plan to continue to for many years to come. There are sounds available for it from General Music, but you have to call them and ask them to send you a list of what's available. Believe me- there are some incredible sound disks available for this thing.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-11-2001 at 03:40
Mark Hadley a part-time user from Leeds, England. writes:
I played with a friend years ago who had a Gem S2 and it sounded like the best thing on earth at the time. Last year I managed to get a Gem S2 Turbo for £280!! What a bargain! Overall it is fantastic and a massive improvment on my Yamaha SY22. I use it for live gigs as the main instrument, with guitar and vocals - it works well. However, I recall the S2 original had a great multi layered grand piano sound, but the Turbo version does not. The GP sound is okay, but nothing special. I am having trouble trying to understand how I can play samples that I can edit from my PC as a Wav file. I want to use some sampled drums live through the Gem S2 Turbo as a PC on stage is a logistical nightmare! The manual seems to leave this out. Can anyone help me? Cheers, Mark.

posted Tuesday-Oct-16-2001 at 12:07
Devin a part-time user from California, USA writes:
I bought a S2 on ebay for $365 with shipping. I didn't know much about the board I thought it would sound as cheap as the money I paid for it but I was very surprised when I got it and hook it up. The board is great. It has some great sounds. The brass, stings, and drums are great but that not all. the editing on the keyboard is great. Please it a sample player also. The only dilikes about this board is the piano sounds THIN!!!!! I mean real thin and the crash cymbels decay to fast and they try to cover this up by add reverb. but overall this is a great board.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-11-2000 at 07:02
Jamie a professional user from Philadelphia writes:
I fell in love with this synth back when it first came out in 1992/93. Unfortunately I was never able to afford one. Since then GEM came out with the S2/S3 Turbo, which has some added features that I'm not totally sure about exactly what they are. Well, I recently won an S2 on an Ebay auction, and even though it's a little beat up from live gigging fromt he previous owner, boy do I love this machine! Aside from Korg's Triton/Trinity, the user interface on this thing is the best I've ever seen! The buttons are laid out very strategically, and the bright backlit display almost resembles a computer monitor. I haven't had the chance to dive into the sequencer area or the .wav player features of the thing, but I'm very impressed not only with the interface, but most importantly, the feel of the keyboard and the sound quality. GEM to me is along the calibre of Kurzweil and the high-end Korgs. Unfortunately, GEM doesn't seem to even recongize the S2 as one of their products. They now have the Equinox workstation. Even on their website, they offer no support for the S2/3 or S2/3 Turbo line. Maybe because it's becaus they were pre-internet releases. The design of this board makes for a wonderful master controller, with all features accesible from the large front panel display. As for the sound, I've noticed that some people have said they are a little noisy? It must be their machines, because mine sounds crystal clear. The sonic quality equals my Wavestation SR, although I will say I was not impressed with the acoustic piano sounds...but then again, that's why I have an SG-Rack. My final comments on the S2 is that I've noticed that the keyboad is more "computer-like" than others I've seen. You can hear the system booting up when you turn it on, and (I actually like this feature) the power cable is a standard PC power cord. I like this because they are cheap to replace, easy to find, and you don't have to send it to a repair shop if something happens to the power line. VERY intuitive synth (err....I need to get out of the habit of saying that. It's not really a synth, it's a "music processor"

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-20-2000 at 03:36
jens ingvordsen a hobbyist user from sverige writes:
good strings and brass and pads brass the best analog synthbass not so good but if you program and layer and set cutoff and resonance it could sound better than a juno 2 strings needs also layering to sound good

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-09-2000 at 11:43
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