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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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a professional user from usa writes:
for 129.00 this thing is a steal...a knob for every function (almost) makes this the most accurate virtual analog synth available right now...and a darn sight better than most others in the 500.00 and up range. not as expressive as the jp8000, but still a nice feel, kind of like a polyphonic sh101. brit company, american know how are a good combination. as for frankendump, who are the brilliant ones--- are they turntable touchers?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-10-2003 at 15:03
Ejam Boski a professional user from London writes:
I love this little jam box. You can't beat the price - $129.00 usd amazing! For this price you won't hear me crybabyin' over some bs that this doesn't sound analog. It simulates analog just fine! It's loads cheaper than an decent Korg product and is built solidly. Don't listn to these analog purists. These units are cheap and they won't be around forever. I junst bought a second one!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-02-2003 at 17:52
Patrick a part-time user from USA writes:
It's amazing how this little synth can cause such angry debates. Guys (and gals), it's just a synth. State why you do or don't like it and state the reasons, this isn't politics.

Personally, I do like it. A friend of mine lent me his to fix because it supposedly was turning itself off randomly. Ended up just being bad PS and, replacing that, I had about 2 weeks solid to experiment with it before I had to return it. Now, I've owned my share of real analog boards (Polysix, Juno, v/a Arps, CS-5, SK-30, and on..) and played with even more. I've also played with most VA's out there and owned a couple too. That being said, no, the Darkstar does not sound analog. It will never replace your old Roland SH-101, and bears very little in relation to a SCI P600, as one fan claimed. It sounds very digital...a bit like a DX combined with a Casio CZ series. But, that doesn't mean it sounds BAD. Yes, the presets ARE bad (waaay too wanky for me), but once you get around them and the admittedly awkward interface and become comfortable with making your own, some really nice tones can come out of it. I do electro-industrial and it naturally supplies that grit and grime I need. People looking to do new age or pop with it are not going to be happy because of this, but I think other genres, like industrial, Dn'B, hard techno, or EBM can definitely make use out of the Darkstar. I was able to, within minutes, whip out some funky bass and lead sounds with a voice or so to spare for FX. I've since returned it to my friend, but in the meantime bought one for myself. For me, it's all a matter of use. I'm not looking for something to wank endlessly on. I want something I can work out some sounds quickly on, use easily in a multitimbral setup, and enchance my songwriting process and the Darkstar has done that for me in spades. Again, it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but for those who are willing to give it a chance and go into it NOT expecting "real analogue" tone, there is a decent board to be had.

Patrick

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-08-2003 at 15:20
buck rogers from 25th century writes:
That's not a 'problem', Woofa; you can only alter the pulsewidth of a square wave. The waveform knob only applies to the 'normal' wave which is a saw from 0-63, and a square from 64-127. So that means the pulse width knob only works if Osc1 or 2 is set to 'normal' from 64-127. Read the manual, dude!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-16-2003 at 06:16
WoofaWaafa a professional user from California writes:
Not bad Red Sound.For $200 you can't beat it .I picked up a D.S XP2 03-10-03. It sounds alot like a prophet 600 without the poly mod or the arp/seq and the filter wont self oscillate like a real analog filter does without an oscillator being on . Granted the 600 defenitely has its own killer sound but the DS does a good job of imatating a two OSC subtractive analog synth . The DS has way beter modulation abilty's and a better LFO's and way way better MIDI than most older analog synth's. I like its dark dirty sound however I have found a little problem . when you set OSC2 on sine the waveform knob and the pulse width knob dont do nothin damnit.All and all if you know how to program analog this thang is a peace of cake .So talk all the crap you want and see how far 200 buck goes towards a clean vintage analog synth .

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-16-2003 at 01:20
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