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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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F Taylor a part-time user from Ma writes:
If anyone knows . . . What is the difference Between black and white Liberations.? Is it a big gap? Thanks

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-03-2005 at 22:58
kc saint john a professional user from Chicago - USA writes:
I have actually got one of the rare White liberations. It's a nice key board. A fun little number to use live. I know it looks gay but the sounds on it are fabulous. I use it with my Theremin.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-04-2002 at 12:05
Scott Barton a professional user from USA writes:
I would have to say that my liberation is one of the best synths I've tried for lead and bass sounds. While I haven't had occasion to use it recently, now that I've got my recording set working well, I think it's time to dust it off.

The hard sync is killer; I really love sweeping osc 2's frequency from aftertouch with the sync turned on.

It can seem a bit heavy after you've been playing for a few hours, but you can always take a break. While I'm using a Roland AX-1 for performance, the Liberation will remain a part of my recording arsenal. Can't wait to run it through the J-Station...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-16-2001 at 02:00
MC² a professional user from USA writes:
Uh, the Liberation DOES have a mod wheel. It's to the right of the pitch ribbon. You also have to set up the front panel for it to work, check the section on the far left.

I like my Lib, it does have a limited palette but its specialty is its expression capabilities. You get the pitch ribbon, which IMO is far easier to use horizontally than vertically as on the Micro/Multimoog, you get mod wheel, you get a filter wheel which opens the filter ALL ON THE LEFT HAND GRIP. Add keyboard pressure aftertouch sensitivity which you can do pitch bend, open the filter, modulation (in place of the mod wheel), and sweep of OSC2 when it's sync'd to OSC1. The last mode is my favorite.

Don't buy a Liberation expecting a Minimoog sound, it'll do the basic dual ramp lead sound but not much else in the Minimoog department. You gotta go beyond that. The expression tools on this thing are the key. This is not a tool for non-musicians looking for instant gratification, you have to PLAY this thing to appreciate it.

If you're a keyboard player who appreciates the expressive nuances that guitar players or sax players use in their phrasing (pitch bending, modulation, control of timbre), this is your axe.

The filter is limited compared to my Minimoog or my Memerymoog and it doesn't have an external input. The noise source is limited and has that "heartbeat" defect, the polyphony stuff is a horrid square wave organ routed through the filter.

It does have a ring modulator which can be fun, but it's not as flexible as an ARP Odyssey. The oscillators sound pretty good and are really stable, sync mode is really fun if you set it right and combine keyboard pressure with modulation, you can simulate a guitar feedback, it's great with FX!

The Lib does have CV and trigger out (no input), and the pitch bend, mod wheel, and pressure signals are included in the CV - nice. The CV output is scalable for interfacing to non-Moog synths.

Again, if you're a player and want an expressive axe, this is really good; if you want a Minimoog or instant gratification, look elsewhere.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-01-2000 at 14:55
jonathan a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I find the Liberation capable of very many intriguing sounds. First off, the sound is beefy when the oscillators are dumped to their lowest level. It sounds chunky and adds very deep bottom end, lower sometimes than my prized Korg MS-20. I am very impressed as well with the modulation section, which alters timber periodically. You can get some pretty crazy sounds out of this thing. Main complaints include the abscense of a modulation wheel. Instead, it has the pitch ribbon, which in my book is pretty useless. I also dont find the sawtooth waves to be very edgy, but sound more smooth like a square or ring wave. But, perhaps i should just look at it as having its own distinct character in this respect. All in all, not a bad deal at all for the $200 i paid for it. Jonathan

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-30-2000 at 23:56
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