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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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mcm a professional user from New York writes:
I just got one a few days ago and have been impressed by how disctinct its sound is. I cannot say it 'sounds like', but for me that is good. I make experimental, glitch, etc., and it is an excellent canvas to create very individual sounds. The Wizard function that randomly creates portions of a patch for you is actually quite inspiring. It is a synth with its own quirks. It does have some low noise, just like older analogues do. I can hear sweeping LFO's and pulses, but somehow I love it. When I don't want that, I just gate it out. I spent $US289 for it and would not tell anyone not to get one. Redsound does it again.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-20-2004 at 16:44
JOE a part-time user from IRAQ/USA writes:
I BOUGHT ONE OF THESE BECAUSE IT WAS INEXPENSIVE, HAD DECENT POLYPHONY, AND BECAUSE IT THERE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE NEW EXPANSION KITS TO BE RELEASED. THE RANDOM PATCH GENERATOR WAS ALSO AN INTERESTING FUNCTION. WELL, THE RED SOUND CORPORATION HAS BEEN BOUGHT UP BY ANOTHER COMPANY AND APPARENTLY THE NEW COMPANY HAS NO DESIRE TO SUPPORT THE SYNTH OR RELEASE THE ALREADY DESIGNED VOCODER CHIPS! I GUESS I WILL NEVER BUY ANY MORE RED SOUND PRODUCTS AND WILL DISCOURAGE OTHERS FROM DOING SO ALSO! SO MUCH FOR BEING A SYNTH FROM A SMALL COMPANY. I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-22-2004 at 02:03
Steve a hobbyist user from United States - Virginia writes:
Hey guys I just purchased this unit from American musical supply for $349. you have to admit the factory presets suck, but once you toy with this unit for about 2 or 3 hours and learn how to save, its all downhill from there. with 128 factory presets, i think thats enough to tie anyone over for a while. easy to read in the daylight, ummm...for the price id say it is a wonderful unit, using it live with my roland ax-1b midi controller would be something for me to consider...once i learn how to program midi signals. steve

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-12-2003 at 00:04
MK writes:
Dark man,, I applaud you... I really like your review and I would like to say that you established a very good argument... Oh well, you might argue that my review should not be posted because I do not own one, however, I have a buddy that uses one and plan on getting one soon enough... yes I have played with it at music shops BLA BLA BLA......

Alas... let me tell you of the experience I had with the unit, well actuly my friend.

Conected to a MPC2000 and a XP50 keyboard, he manage to make some awesome hiphop/jazz/funk beatz for his band that plays at clubs down here. He is a talented keyboard player. I noticed he didn't really know much about analog synthesis and thought I'd give him some advice. I recomened to him a lo budget analogish synth, and the elevata fit the bill. I guess I saved the day.. He got it for 200 bux, but was contemplating, "My XP50 and MPC sounds are good enough, why the hell do I need this?"

I had to show him some things.

Well I brought a alpha juno, ob12 and ms2000rack to show him some things. The basics, raw.bass programing , hard sync oscilator pitch modulation and you know.... well he soon realized its potential. I also had to show him some MIDI know for connecting the MPC XP50 and Elevata.

Weeks later hes pumping out custom bass tones and tweeking it in uniqe ways for his live tracks. I really like the way he sampled stabs from it and mucked it up. Now seperated from his band, hes going solo.

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Personaly, I like the retro feel of the filters... dispite the steppyness of it at high rezonance, it has its appeal, LOTS OF POTENTIAL for HOOVER DnB sounds! Also play with this badass DnBish sound with some badass beats at 180 bpm --- Transpose -2 or -3 octaves SAW OSC1 SQR OSC2 +7 or +12 semitones HI PASS FILTER at 1/4th cutoff FEG +50% : A 30% D 0 S 80% R 0 : A 0 D 30% S80% R 0 AMP A 0 D 0 S 100 R 0

Play with the FILTER joy stick on stabs

also alternatee between EG A 30% D 0 then EG A 0 B 40%, while patch is playing....

you dont need effects with this sound, perhaps some chorus but the dryer the better ----- anyways....

And the moral of the story is....

Dont ask what your synth can do with you... But, What you can do with your Synth...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-13-2003 at 05:44
a hobbyist user writes:
It's funny how the early reviews of this on sonic state make feel stupid for liking this. I had to remind myself that "if it sounds good, it is good" (in music anyway, not politics) and this does sound good. Very old school, as others have said. I also have a MicroQ, and although THAT is a fat noisy opera-singing bitch with eight arms and a briefcase of sex toys, this is an afternoon picnic with a good bottle of wine and my sweet lady running her hands through my hair. Different strokes, you know?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-30-2003 at 04:01
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