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Average rating: 5.0 out of 5
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Alex K a hobbyist user from London writes:
I got one of these MINT hand-crafted my MR. MacBeth himself. What can i say ? One word: "AWESOME" ! Its fatt and round and warm in all the right places. Thank-you Ken for crafting a wonderful creature of sound.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-25-2003 at 17:46
Andy a hobbyist user from England writes:
I have s/n 1002 and this thing is all Moog to my ears. You really begin to appreciate it's sound when you hear it in a mix, where it holds it's own. I'm looking forward to any future stuff which Ken has to offer!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-19-2003 at 08:26
Matt a professional user from Illstate, USA writes:
There are very few synths that sound as good at the Macbeth.

The oscillators are very versatile with amazing possibilities. The filter is nothing short of superb. There are nice FM and modulation routings. On top of that - with the Kenton built in - you can very sequence those nice big filter sweeps with your controller editor on your laptop. Just fix up a nice fat bassline, and sweep till your head caves in.

The M3x can go from thumping rez bass - to FM percussion nightmare with the twist of a knob or two. And at the end of the day - what could be cooler than that :)

The bonus, it is built like a Scottish tank (that is good right? Huge knobs that you just don't want to let go of. Baby, hurt me.

The list of things that I would have like to have seen different is moot compared to the things that were so obviously done right.

This synth must scare the shit out of an SE-1...

The M3x was built by someone who loves synthesizers, that much is obvious.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-06-2003 at 10:57
a professional user writes:
M3X has a wicked moog sound and bass, lots of control and functions. Mean sounding oscillators

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-26-2002 at 10:27
RetroElectro a part-time user from USA writes:
A lengthy one but here goes... I received US#002 earlier this year (2002). It consistently malfunctioned at first. The switch that selects envelope 2 pitch/filter would not function properly . Env 2 remained set to affect Osc pitch permanently. Hardly usable like that. This situation required my servicing this unit or returning to Scotland at my expense. The chassis screws are incredibly soft and tightly inserted. Two stripped. I had to deftly use fine point vise-grips to remove them. Additionally, two of the small panel knobs' brass setscrews broke as soon as I attempted their removal. These needed a fine drill to remove them. Upon disassembly, I finally found one of the dangling resistors on a wire leading from the Env 2 switch was pressed down and shorted out against the motherboard tracing. Once I lifted the resistor that was shorting and placed a small piece of electrical beneath it, all was well. During disassembly, I also found that the pots used have plastic shafts that are broken off to shorten them. I would not subject this synth to rough usage where the knobs could be subject to impact.

All throughout this repair process, Ken McBeth was very helpful and provided replacement knobs and enough chassis screws to facilitate it's return to new-like condition.

Suffice it to say that this synth is awesome! I especially like the large, wirewound Oscillator pots; they have a very industrial feel and it is possible to tune in amazingly different setting with the three oscilllators. The LFO is digital but I suppose some trade-offs were necessary to keep the price point reasonable.

One other thing.. At the time I ordered (Jan/2002), Ken required paymentin British pound sterling which necessitated an expensive dollar to pound conversion. I believe that he has since begun accepting payment in US dollars. So my unit was approxiamtely $80 more expensive than it would have been had I waited. Import duties were rather steep too. But all considered, this is one magnificent analog synth with excellent manufacturer support - even from abroad!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-25-2002 at 14:19
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