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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Ro9 a professional user from Rotterdam writes:
Yes, we're talkin 'bout a real synth here. Warm, very original and very workable. Thank you Waldorf.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-07-2001 at 22:50
Bass writes:
First I thought that XT is not able to make any FAT basses then I downloaded patch named SH-5(or something) which is amazingly fat/warm sounding. Just great

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-09-2001 at 10:09
Type C2 from Bornemouth UK writes:
This synth is more originl than any of the more fationable VA synths. I chose to buy an XT ofter years of wanting the old 'Microwave' and having researched the Novations, Rolands, Nords etc. Well all these monster synths have one thing in comon, they are all VA, old hat mate. Now wavetable isnt a new concept, but it certainly sounds fresh after hearing the over use of VA sounds in all the cheesy trance-hard house buying made.

Owning the synth, well its piss to prgramme. the presets are OK, but then there is more depth to the synth if you twiddle a bit. The percusive sounds are phat as fuck, and I will be using them alot.

I am really looking forward to creating some strange and buitifuly lush techno-electro with this monster.

posted Tuesday-Jan-09-2001 at 09:27
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ive had my xt for a short time now, it can sound very DX-like or analog; the filters are very smooth and well balanced. I still think this synth is currently being overhyped, I've managed to create similar sounds using other digital and VA synths, for example the nord modular has spectral oscillators and similar ( but better implemented, more obvious and more flexible )controller parameters like the hyped "Modulation matrix". Quite frankly it can sound like a cheap yamaha Fb01 if you aren't into programming it and the basic wavetables are by design lo-fi; sounding like a very cheesy casitone keyboard. Pads remind me of the digital oberheim Matrix1000 but with more random modulation possibilities perhaps; it does excellent analog emulation and percussive sounds too- great filters ; I haven't noticed anything extremely radical or inspiring about the factory presets. That being said, it is without a doubt, versatile and unique- it can sound FM digital or vintage analog - fun to program, it is more of a keyboard players synth though, I wonder if the groovebox crowd would really appreciate this synth that much, playing the thing through a velocity sensitive/aftertouch keyboard reveals its expressiveness. If you've never heard of Tangerine Dream you probably don't want this synth. Check out the new micro Q!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-31-2000 at 05:06
Adam Jay a part-time user from the states writes:
The Only synth i own... the only synth i need. that's right out of the litter of synths i have owned in the past, i use the XT for everything. I'll admit my style isn't entirely synth based, if i was making trance i would have bought the 30 voice version. But DAMN this thing kicks. I am now in love with wavetable synthesis. It's great for really anything besides acoustic emulation (who wants to do that anyway). The 10 voices and 8 part multi's work perfect for me. I can lay down a few rhythmic percusynth sounds down in mono, and still have enough voices left over for some thick pads and bass. The FX are a nice touch too.

okay, i am gonna be a critic and say that i wish there was a "Static" voice mode that kept the envelopes open so you could run the Audio-IN through the filters/fx, instead of having to trigger the envelopes with a midi note... they implemented that in the Virus, i dont see why they can't on the XT, maybe in an OS update?

to anyone writing techno... take the Percussion presets and mess with your wavetable positions and filter routings and you will end up with some of the sickest rhythmic sound architecture this side of the Nord Modular.

The only other synth i would own is the 30 voice version.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-22-2000 at 01:42
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