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Average rating: 5.0 out of 5
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a professional user writes:
The MX3 is a great sounding analog monosynth. It covers all the bread 'n' butter analog tones you'd expect. Build quality is superb. There are only 2 things I miss..

1) LAck of dedicated knob for portamento 2) Lack of ADSR

That is nitpicking.....overall...this ranks as one of the best sounding analogs made in the last 20 years. It is up there with the likes of ARP, Sequential and Moog. I'll post some samples on my website so you can all listen to it asap.

Merry xmas 2003

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-30-2003 at 19:49
Gary a hobbyist user from Guernsey writes:
Having found my way into synthesis via soft synths and virtual analogue keyboards, I have to sheepishly admit that I had never played a true analogue synth until I took my new M3X out of its box a few weeks ago. I was not disappointed! This device is an organic entity which feels and sounds alive. Being a Scot myself I had been particularly intrigued by an article on Ken's work in 'Sound on Sound' a couple of years ago, and it was only a matter of time until I had one of his machines..... This synth is a robust, solid beast which produces an amazing richness of sound. The ten-turn oscillators allow fabulous control over tonal nuance and texture, and its many other functions enable a phenomenal range of expression. My only gripe - I wish it had an analogue LFO with its own rotary control - but my God I can forgive that!!! Congratulations to Ken Macbeth and all strength to him in his continued labour of love in handbuilding these beautiful instruments....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-30-2003 at 14:11
Dylst Peter a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
I bought my m3x about a month ago from bleubay in belgium. First of all i'd like to say that this synth is amazing. It's got tons of character and does indeed match the pro-one and the odyssey.

However, I do find that it does not match the mini. I was a bit dissapointed not to be able to get those classic minimoog sounds i heard on so many classic 70's and 80's dance classics and air tracks. I comes very close but doesn't quite make it.

Its got a nastier sound quality to it than the moog, a lot more arp-like.

If you have got the money, which is rediculously low by the way, buy it because you won't be dissapointed.

If you are looking for a minimoog, buy a mini because this isn't one.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-21-2003 at 08:04
Basil A . Xanthis a part-time user from Athens , Greece writes:
It's very clear to my ears that the M.S.S. M3X Analog Mono-synth it is NOT just another Moog minimoog clone. If you want -only- a minimoog clone , you could go to a Studio Electronics Midi-Moog or even to Moog Music Minimoog Voyager. But if you want many minimoog round sounds, many ARP Odyssey amazinig sounds ,many SeQ Pro-1 woody sounds with Steiner-Parker Synthacom's V.C.Osc. stability, here you are. Yes,I know that all of them, are the most legendary Analog Mono-Synths of their times!... So,have you got All the time and the money to find all of them,buy all of them,re-build all of them-to be in perfect condition- and M.I.D.I.fied all of them? The most logical answer that I give to myself is: No!...So,I bought the M.S.S M3X Analog Mono-synth,Series 2,Serial No.:1090. I have only one thing to say about this Analog Synth, when I compere it with severals V/As : It looks and sounds like a true-Analog-volcano between the cold-Digital-sea. Total Awesome. Now, you know why I bougth from Ken Mcbeth and why I promot the M.S.S. M3X Analog Mono-synth to my -analog feaks- Friends in Greece. Because, this Analog Synth make a lost dream come true.To have the better analog machine without to be a robber and brake -several- bangs. Sorry,Ken...Allthougth I will like to give you 12/5 and you know why-it's the difference in price between the Moog Music minimoog Voyager Signature and the Macbeth Studio Systems M3X,series 2- I could only give you 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-12-2003 at 13:09
Antonio Carlos a professional user from New York writes:
As a sound-designer and electronic musician I am very fussy when it comes to evaluating synths. Over the years I have used many of the so-called classics ie: Prophet 5, Oberheim OB8, Jupiter-8, Juno-60, Pro-One, Mono-Poly and ARP Odessey. Alot of my old gear has gone....but I kept all my analog mono's for lack of any modern day alternative......until now that is.

Out of the blue I hear (On a chat forum: Darksonus) about this Scottish guy who makes analog mono synths....I checked out his website and I quickly realised that I had found something very speacial. Hand built, high quality, heart attack inducing fatness and versatility bordering on semi modular. The M3x sounded very retro.....and boy do I love that kinda sound! 70's rock and 80's synth pop here we come :) the m3x is PERFECT for dance and trance (which is what I make). Basses and leads, blips and bleeps are so powerful sounding (Just like my Pro-One) indeed, all of the sounds have that raw analog presence to it....none of your wimpy VA bubbles here!!

So why did I buy the M3x.....

The M3x is seriously over-engineered and its gonna last decades....30+ yrs. It sounds very Moogy (After all, it is based on the Moog design). The M3x is as gritty and harsh sounding as the Pro-One yet can be as warm and fluffy as Oberheims. Very raw sounding oscilators, very fat filter and very quick envelopes (1ms OMFG!!!). Very versatile.

At the end of the day, if this synth was shit I would say so (Nothing would give me more pleasure hehe) but the truth is I can find very little fault with it. My only 2 complaints would be: Shared release envelope for both the filter and amplier sections (Moog rogue design I believe) and lack of dedicated knob for pwm.

For all of you hanging on to your ageing analog mono's...go check out the M3x or the soon to be realeased M5 and you'll quickly realise (as I did) there is a God after all :)

100% recommended

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-31-2003 at 04:54
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