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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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draper a professional user from Mars writes:
THIS THING ROCKSSSSSS!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-05-2005 at 10:44
synaptic gap from england writes:
I think this is a fantastic synthesiser for the money it is unbelievable I guess we are all spoilt for choice nowadays because if this machine was invented 10 years ago then everyone would have been amazed at the sounds ugggh do sounds suddenly stop being good?because other machines are available to make sounds?i think not. The sound sthis can produce are phat...how phat do you want a bass? The atmospherics you can get are amazing with the right effects box.The interface is a bit of a pain in the ass and is not immediatly obvious but you get to now it ok.I have many real analogs ranging from sh101 and arp quadras junos jx10s etc and i can honestly say i find the xp2 usefull. fullmarks to them for making such a fantastic machine. now everyone stop moaning about the machines you have and actually start making some fucking music you monaing gits.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-03-2004 at 05:31
Steve B a hobbyist user from UK writes:
This synth seems to attract a more diverse range of opinion than almost anything reviewed on this board. It seems to polarise opinion.

I sit somewhere in the middle. I've had mine a while now and I guess I've formed a balanced opinion.

Build quality, despite all the pressed sheet metal, is OK. No more. the buttons are plasticy and lack real depth of travel to reassure you that you have hit them. This is a bit of a factor given the necessity of changing pages often to acess features.

The supplied sounds do not give any real idea of what this thing can do. It is a good all round VA. I've got new age pads and leads out of it as well as screaming digital noise. It does take a while to get into the somewhat quirky way things are organised, but the effort is rewarded with a suprisingly flexible little synth for those who get past the obvious.

At the price these things are going for, it's a sound investement.

Pity the rackmount kit is so expensive - if you can find one. But it doesn't take a lot of smarts to figure out how to make your own.

The promised monosynth upgrade will never come. Pity. This would have made it a total killer lead synth. But waht there is, is enough to do a lot of the basic bread nad butter synthy things.

Cost in a cheap multi-FX box. It really comes alive with a bit of space around the sounds from reverb and chorus. This is not a criticism as such; remember, this is what synths REALLY sound like, before they all had built in FX to jazz up the sound.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-29-2004 at 03:11
ELECTROFUZZ a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
I think that the DarkStar sounds very good and the price is extremely cheap... Though I paid only 179€ for this one, it seems to be robust and it has a nice bunch of features... OK, there are just two oscillators, but for me that's enough in most of the times. I still use my Albino VSTi for pads (because I can't afford another hardware synth at the moment) and the DarkStar doesn't sound as exquisite as a NordLead or sth. like that, but it does definitely not sound cheap!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-28-2004 at 12:54
Will a part-time user from Russia writes:
DS not for All. If you DS user – your choise not by chance. Very friendly sounddrive – all before your eyes. But sound, so fat and dirty, not very dancing. Very wild and pagan sound. But expansive in Russia. I spent 350$ vith Vocoda options.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-May-21-2004 at 05:58
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