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Average rating: 4.9 out of 5
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Stan Perkins a professional user writes:
Message to Glen. The lack of resonance on late 80s/early 90s synths was largely restricted to Korg. Also, the Quadrasynth. Other manufactures, such as Sequential, saw that resonant filters were an important aspect of sound creation. What would the JD800 be without its resonant filter? The VS trascended the digital boom. It seemed to anticipated changes in fashion and in what people would expect from their synths. I don't think this was intentional, mind you. Would Korg ever equip a future synth with a non-resonant filter? I doubt it. They had fitted non-resonant filters onto several of their early offerings, such as the sigma and microkorg. The wavestation filter was not a new idea.

The VS has a strong American feel to it, as other reviewers have pointed out. Some synths wouldn't appeal to everyone's tastes. I feel that the VS would. It has a huge sound pallett and lacks any thing which would cause offense. It sounds beautiful. It can easily sound funky, and smooth and anything in between. It can also self-oscillate. A great, mind blowing synth that will be discussed and lusted after for years.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-08-2004 at 05:50
Quite simply one of the best synths ever. The sound and feel of analog but can still do the freaky deaky of digital due to the user-editable waveforms. although not as nice as a dimension d, it has a useable chorus. button for every parameter editing- very easy to use. intuitive joystick. great envelopes. has somewhat of a curtis sound but can still be lush. here is a pc editor:

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-05-2004 at 09:42
Missed the point, positing P-5 only to help to describe part of the VS character; comparisons are often one of the best ways to understand to those who haven't the luxury of hearing for themselves. More than just lil old me has replaced their P-5 with a VS for precisely this reason- the VS captures much of the P-5 essence within it's just slightly different analog-digital presentation, whilst providing an entirely otherworldly palette of unique and special sounds that are still hard to duplicate with anything else.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-03-2004 at 21:43
matrix writes:
Bryn, the Evolver has Curtis filters like the VS. The guy that made the Evolver made the VS, so I would probably beleive him if anyone. The Evolver has the Prophet VS wavetables and the Curtis filters. But the Prophet VS has four wavetable OSCs while the Evolver has two plus two analog OSCs. I would say the Evolver has more as far as sequencers, distortion/overdrive and over all modulation, but you don't get the four wavetable OSCs to pan through with the joystick. I don't think the VS can replace the Evolver or vice versa, but I would guess that out of all of the wavetable synths out there they are the closest sounding to eachother and I would also guess that the Evolver has quite a bit of the character of the VS, Curtis filters and all...

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-03-2004 at 16:20
a hobbyist user writes:
The VS is far from over-hyped and over-priced. It's continued high value represents an acknowledgement of greatness amongst both professional and informed users. It's there with the PPGs as the best in creating special, unique moods of the highest order and sound quality. It combines Prophet-5 type sound character with still-contemporary tight, analog-digital hybrid envelopes. Couple this with special sound-generating possibilities involving wave tables and shifting timbres over time, and you've got a superlative and unique synth that's unfortunately still unmatched by any of the later vector synths from Korg WS or Yamaha. Great, but only some realize it thankfully, or the prices would be higher still.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-02-2004 at 08:44
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