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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Hazy Schumacher a professional user from Denver, Colorado writes:
I LOVE THIS UNIT,

if you have had any doubts about this unit, You obviously havent splurged into the MODULATION MATRIX!!! Dip into a TB303 acid sound and "ENTER THE MATRIX" I only wonder about my arpeggiators true strength, and the tempo seems to float a little. I have upgraded to version 1.14, I hope they keep up on the glitch fixin'.

I beleive that the 75 voice upgrade will make this unit like the Q rack. If you are going to buy one, GET THE Q RACK FOR TRUE STRENGTH> NOT "NEGOTIABLE VOICES"

1)Overall for the price- 5 of 5 (749.99) 2)sound quality - %110 3)Sound integrity while tweakin knobs- %110

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-25-2001 at 11:32
David a professional user from France writes:
Hi all,

I got this beast 1 week ago. The quality/price ratio is very high. The synthesis is powerfull,the effect are good not amazing, the presets are good, the vocoder presets could be better, but the vocoder section seems to be great (don't test this section anymore, just listen to the preset !) This synth must be programmed. The polyphony is enough. Like real analog, don't use synths from an unique manufacturer, use others modules, others synthesis, everything is good. My MC307 has a beeter sound when it is mixed with the microQ. Everything is good to make beautiful music. Have a good week !!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-24-2001 at 06:16
QuasiMojo a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Had a MicroQ for two weeks now and I initially wanted to hold off a review until I'd had a chance to try it out. I've tried it out. It's an incredible machine. I've spent hours just randomizing patches. The sonic range of this thing is really impressive. It can cover a lot of bases. The presets are for once a good representation of what this machine is capable of, some of them are amazing (Singing Glass, for example - and it really sounds like singing glass - you know, when you run your finger around the rim of a wine glass? Well it sounds like that) My first impression of the Q when I tried the Q-rack was that this was a synth incapable of producing any warmth, however after spending two weeks with my MicroQ I have to say I was mistaken. This can be an incredibly warm synth. It can also sound completely digital. It's seriously a good workhorse. Teamed up with a sampler this could do just about everything.

The drums in the preset drum maps are pretty pussy but don't let this fool you. This machine can generate some serious thuds. The vocoder sounds marvelous, very clear and has a lot of tweakable parameters to get the sound just right. The other effects are halway decent, I like the delay, but as people have said they could have done a bit more with them. The much maligned FiveFX has a sample rate degrader that is really sweet; you can get some serious Atari dirt out of it using this. I'm rambling. To sum up: this is an amazing synth for it's price, it has a lot of power, and totally blows my mind. It sounds awesome.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-16-2001 at 10:10
Philip a part-time user from Dallas, TX USA writes:
An in-depth review will follow, but these are my initial impressions:

Soundwise, I really like it. Yes, it has a digital edge to it, no doubt about it, but it can sound warm, rich, lush, full or whatever. It can also create clear, icy, cutting sounds while also providing sounds which are shimmering, ethereal, foggy soundscapes. To cut to the chase, it's incredibly versatile soundwise while still maintaining it's own personality.

Operation-wise, I would like to have seen more knobs, but then again, it would have jacked up the price. Even without really reading the manual, I'm getting around quite easily on it. I will, however read the manual to get the most out of it, which will be a lot as this is quite a complex synth.

My main gripes are a time delay when effects kick in when changing from one sound to the next. This will be corrected in the next software revision. Also, some patches were carried over from the Q, which provide static bursts at times. I would give it a 5, but until the bugs are addressed, it gets a 4.

I haven't even delved into the vocoder, multitimbral capabilities, or other features yet as this is just my initial impression. Can't wait to explore more of it. An incredible value.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-16-2001 at 00:14
Dusty from NYC NY writes:
HOLY SH*T... This thing rocks.. I just got mine and I am blown away.. it is pretty easy to edit.. easier then I thought and the modulation possiblities are endless. I love LF0s and envelopes and this has 3 LFOs and 4 envelopes nearly everything con modulate everything else wowser.. GET THIS>> it cant be beat for anything close to the price MS2000 has NOTHING ON THIS! MS2000 thin and low poly this is PHAT with plenty of poly 25 voices if you dont get to complex. it has so much sound capibilties it is insane. I wasnt impressed with the Qrack but for $750 bucks (THANKS www.ROGUEMUSIC.com) it is mind blowing. This is the piece I need to complete my setup (for aggressive electronic trance/industrial breaks, etc) Total I have the Quasimidi Raven, Sirius, The Casio CZ101, Creamware Pulsar, and tons of VSTI's now once steinberg releases thier sampler I will be done for a good long while.

posted Thursday-Feb-15-2001 at 23:10
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