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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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buzz a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I had my eye on this one for a while, mainly because I love the stability and functionality of old hybrid analogs, and this looked like it would be a great midi-controllable monosynth to complement my others that lacked a mono mode. So I got it for $200 from some one locally. When I got home I had high expectations, and immdediately I was disappointed in the typical sounding thin presets of weak strings, pianos, and other sounds.

But I knew the specs on this thing, and I know a thing or two on how to program sounds, so all hope was not lost. Needless to say, I spent some time filling up those presets with my own creations, and what more can I say - this thing is great! Once I maxed the volumes on the patches and put them in unison mode, this thing became a monster. I have never heard such screaming resonance - this thing can growl! And the stack mode is great - it will allow you to do incredible patch creations - detune and stack! I've even made several single-oscillator patches that I love. And yes - the strengths are leads, bass, sound effects, percussive sounds, and some pads (which take a bit more work). I've gotten some good strings out of it as well.

Now there will be people who will have complaints about the Sixtrak, but it is what it is, so what's the point of comparing apples and oranges? The programming is not as easy as a Nord or many other virtual analogs, but I find it much easier than my Korg Z1, and anyone who's dealt with the pain of programming a Roland JX3P, a Korg Poly 800 or some other DCO's will find a Sixtrak to be very intuitive and, dare I say, a pleasure to program.

In the end you buy the Sixtrak because it's incredibly cheap (in the US at least), it has incredible character (sonically and visually - love those wooden sides), and how many old hybrids from 1983 are multitimbral and receive midi control data for all parameters? This has become my favorite synth to play and sequence, and I feel I've only skimmed the surface of what this thing is capable of. If it was stolen, I would replace it in an instant, and I'd be willing to pay much more than I paid for mine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-20-2003 at 14:31
Calum a professional user from Canada writes:
I absolutley love my sixtrak. Anyone who said this machine is weak never heard one properly. The bass on this thing make my windows shake. I don't think its that good for strings though, but for bass and lead thing board rocks!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-17-2003 at 19:51
Tamryn Thomas a professional user from S Wales. writes:
A 6trax is just a simple poly to all intents and purposes. Not much fatness and weak oscillators. Difficult DAC control. As a mono it's quite good if you want congested multi-timbral stuff. Not a top flight poly in any way but some fun to have about. Buy something better and you will never touch it again. When you start comparing it to serious synths like the Prophet 5 and even the 600 it looks super weak. The pro one is a much more sophisticated synth. A single voice version of the 5. The 6trax was a cheap and dirty bid to raise some cash for Sequential. It failed and was one of the reasons the firm went bust. The oscillators were out of an arcade game. Not a Prophet. No way!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-16-2003 at 11:58
Mike a professional user writes:
I love Sci synths. This, however, is certainly the least exciting. It should be viewed as an interesting mono rather than a full-blown poly. The construction is worse than the pro one. The oscs are weak and obvously not from the same stable as those used in the prophets. It has very basic midi. Reliability is the worse on any Sci synth. Mostly power supply and voice chip problems. The single pot entry system is nasty and long winded. This is a cheap synth of compremises. Good as a collector's synth or for anyone who wants a piece of the sci legend. Better to buy a proper Sci synth like the pro one. The Prophets have all been collected. Only dogs are up for sale generally. I buy and sell synths and know this for a fact!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-05-2003 at 03:39
Peter a professional user from Nottingham U.K writes:
I love this synth, you turn it on and hear it and just go WOW! Fatness,warmth, expressiveness, inspiration. It is ALL there. You can do incredible guitar like solos on the sixtrak. And I have never heard better analogue bass, sound effects & leads. It is easy to program too, despite only having one knob for parameter tweaking. Parameters 20 (RESONANCE) & 33 (SUSTAIN) ADD magic to this synth. I love the nice compact (no space wasted) design too. If you see one going for arround £300-340 grab yourself a real syntheziser. There is nothing quite like a SIXTRAK

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-23-2003 at 08:05
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