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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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pistole fuckin' soda a professional user from stanford writes:
i've owned my sixtrak for a year and a half. Bought it on impulse while on the way to my ex's house, a buddy and i dropped by the local music store. Fooled around with it a bit, figured out how to edit sounds right there in the store. Got it for 150. I remember thinking "wow what a steal...analog for 150..."

Anyway, This thing rocks. It's my main synth, I have a 1500 dollar nord modular sitting next to it just looking pretty. Best part is that it's an all around good sounding synth, unlike others I've heard. For example the modular is great for really fucked up noises, signal processing and pads/atmospheres, but sucks when it comes to basses. Sixtrak does it all, and perfectly.

Thanks to the midi on it, I make up for my white ass timing...Some people bash it for the lack of knobs, but I've fooled around with enough archaic software (remember that digidesign soft synth?) to get around the lack of knobs.

unfortunately my bandmate dropped my theremin on it and it broke one of the keys, but that's nothing a little superglue can't fix.

It's good that this machine is overlooked, so us broke college kids can get great analog sounds for cheap.

pick one up if you find it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-16-2002 at 23:58
S├ębastien Delage a hobbyist user from Switzerland writes:
Well, this one is quite great. Very sexy, deep, and warm sound, the kind of one, one can place anywhere in a mix.

Try the stacks, you loose polyphony, but you get some hot, hot things!

This synthetiser has got caracter! Some of my greatest own-created old sounds come from this one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-25-2001 at 05:43
Brian Andrew Marek a professional user from the United States writes:
This machine is absolutely wonderful! It's very easy to make extremely cool analog sounds on this puppy. I had the good fortune of buying mine recently for LESS THAN $100 (off eBay, no less) simply because the seller couldn't get it to work. I took a gamble and bought it, discovered what was wrong with it (dead battery, keyboard bus hooked up backwards) within an hour of bringing it home, and started cooking up some fat-ass bass patches and fluid mono leads. As far as I'm concerned, this thing SOUNDS like a '70's monosynth (high praise as far as I'm concerned) yet has all the best '80's features (RAM storage of sounds, MIDI and polyphony). Pricewise, it's doubtful you'll get as lucky as I did, but if you can snag one of these for $200-$300, go for it! It will not let you down...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-26-2001 at 12:21
roy a hobbyist user from ze us of a writes:
wow... well this is my first analouge synth and i got it at a very very reasonable price of $250 (+ shipping). the presets are great but tweak them out and you can get some extremely trippy bubbly leads or some very deep, rolling basslines. what i found extremely suprizing was that i could squeeze out some extremely acid-y lines that sound somewhat akin to the much loved/much hated tb-303 but are still unique and different in their own way. most peoples major complaint with this synth is that theres only one knob and you have to set what you want to adjust digitally. while this is something of a drawback its something you get used to after awhile. like mentioned before, the presets are suprizingly good and you can adjust all of them to fine-tune whatever sound your looking for. in addition to this its remarkably easy (and fun!) to start off with the basic "organ" sound and come up with your own insane sounds. unlike what i was told its very simple to program, although reading most of the manual helps. a big feature is the oft-trumpeted "stack" function, where you can program your own sounds and layer them upon each other. this is great for coming up with some dark dubby basslines. also the arpeggiator is a great added function, and when cranked all the way up you can get some cheezy-arcade game type music. all in all its a great, versiatle, fat and bright sounding machine thats a great value for what theyre currently being sold for, which is around $300-$400 at the time of this writing. if you can find it for cheaper, dont hesitate to get it; its an awesome machine!

for those skeptics who may be scoffing at my "303" comment earlier, try this out: go out and buy a cheap-o roland tr-505 (they go for about 50 bucks). hook it up to the 6trak and put it in step write mode. program a nice acidy type lead or bass line. run the out from the synth through a low-budget delay pedal (i use my crappy zoom digital 506 bass) and set the delay way up. run that through a distortion pedal if you want squelchy stuff and pump that into the speakers. program a nice, bright sound on the synth and crank up the resonance. set the knob to "cutoff frequency", hit start on the 505 and BOOM! trippy, bright sounds that are similar to but unique from ze aforementioned 303, and you can adjust the filters :D try it, youll like it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-25-2001 at 01:55
Alistair Wilson a professional user from USA writes:
One of my favorites. Incredibly versatile analog. Fartlike basses, hollow leads, waterfall FX splatters, metallic percussion, the warmest synthipianos! Then coupled (or even sextupled with layering), beautiful arpeggiation, funkiest modulation incl. portamento, and even archaic sequencing, this thing is both nasty and clean.. It's easy to overload it with MIDI info, but it's a priviledge to have it. Grace notes work best when descending. With age, you have to press hard for buttons to register.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-14-2001 at 16:23
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