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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Palancar a part-time user from USA writes:
I love the MicroQ. Not just because it's competent at all the VA stuff, but because it is so doggone flexible. Wavetables. Digital brilliance. Analog punch. Incredible modulations. This is an expressive and powerful Musical Instrument, not just a piece of gear.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-14-2001 at 15:47
mr. rob writes:
Obviously all is subjective here, I should clarify it can get REALLY fat, undoubtedly. My point in there somewhere was mainly that imho, it isnt a substute for real analog synth, but a beast unto its self, a hybrid. It would be good for trance, IF you also have a few other synths to add in the recipe. Dont get the µQ to do 303 workouts, or to replace your Jupiter 8, because its sound is imho totally different than that, buy it for what it is, a great bargain and a breathtaking sound.

posted Thursday-Jun-14-2001 at 15:38
simon a professional user from Belgium writes:
I think the Q is a really fat mother and I have no problems coaxing trance sounds out of it, One of the best modern synths , It even competes and sometimes beats my matrix 12. Happy programming.....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-14-2001 at 05:48
mr. rob a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This synth has a spectacular sound.When I first turned it on The presets made me think twice, ahh but presents, I dont need no freakin' presets. Programming this thing is a breeze, if you cant program the µQ your a frigging retard, though for a certain type of tweaker an additional control surface may be nice, still its definately not necessary.

Did I mention it sounds quite nice as well? If you have a few synths already buy this, if you dont nonetheless you should buy this then buy a few more synths. hehe he he hhaaaaaahh

If you want that phat analog bass, and the acid squelch, or a trance power house this isnt the synth for you. If you want lush beutiful liquidic pads, and many options to experiment in programming get it. If you want analog this isnt it though, its such a hybrid, and really thats its strength and its weakness.Perhaps a jack of a trades master of none in both wavetable and analog isms, but this synth isnt each aspect in themselves, its a combination wich means the sounds all fit together nicely, it has a synergy. Were talking about a $750 item here, this hybrid is an exceptional unit and if you like its sound the bugs arent that bad.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-14-2001 at 02:32
spectralab a professional user from lara croft's buttocks writes:
I should preface this review by stating that, as a rule, I do not use my synths multi-timbraly, so I have no comments about how the uQ works in multi mode. I also use them to make, for the most part, what Mark Schelinger referred to in an earlier review as "weird self-indulged experimental music". So bear these things in mind and take my impressions with a grain of salt.

Although I've onyl had it a couple days so far, I'm really happy with this synth. It goes a bit beyond the standard VA thing with the wavetables, comb filters and such, both of which are some of my favorite features. All I can say to those complaining about the UI is this: you must never have tried to program an FS1-R. I'd still prefer to have a Sound Diver adaptation for it (of which there are none yet), but front panel editing isn't that bad once you get the hang of it.

It definitely has a bright character timbrally speaking and tends to break up on lower frequency sounds - I wouldn't recommend the Micro Q if you want smooth basses (at least not yet)... the filters all sound great. As for the FX, I don't know what some of these other reviewers are complaining about - buy an external FX box if you think they're that bad! I personally have enough other units that do these FX well, that the Micro Q version of a chorus, for example, is a welcome change from what I usually get out of chorus effects. Sure it sounds more metallic than most other choruses I've heard (metallic is a good word to describe it's tonal character, period), but to me that's a good thing. I'm also more impressed by this implementation of overdrive effects than I have been with any other digital implementation of same in the past. Maybe just because it fits in so well with the overall tonal character here.

Another thing I really like are the Modifier functions. These allow you to take two existing modulation sources (say, LFO 1 and LFO 2) and combine their values through various mathematical processes (ie. sum, difference, multiplication, AND, OR, etc.) to create essentially a new modulation source (the original LFO's can still be used seperately). This is similar, though not as extensive, to what Kurzweil gives you with the FUN's in their K-2x00 series, and pretty cool to have here. Besides these modifiers, the mod matrix and fixed mod-routings offer more than enough flexibility here.

Even some OK presets on this one... I liked the "VA LA", which is actually a decent D-50 pad imitation, though with that characteristic Waldorf brightness to it.

Haven't messed around too much with the arpeggiator or external-signal processing yet... I guess I'll have to post another review once I do :-)

Over all, it could be because I have no use for the features which others claim are bug-ridden, but I don't see what people are bellyaching about with this synth. For the price, it gives you a lot more features and flexibility than anything else in it's range. I have no complaints... so far, at least.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-14-2001 at 02:08
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