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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Johann H. Stoeten a professional user from Germany writes:
*** BEWARE OF MICROWAVE WAVESLAVE ***

There are currently some people who sell Microwave I Waveslaves for a (at first look) really nice price. Most people don't know that the WaveSlave is not and will never be compatible to Microwave I when you have the latest Operating-System (OS2.0) - The WaveSlave won't play the new ROM/User-Waves because it was just designed for the OS1.25 Features. Waldorf offers an upgrade to make the WaveSlave a real MicroWave 1 OS2.0 ... but this will cost about 800,- German Marks. So consider wisely if this whole thing may not be more expensive than buying a second-hand Microwave 1 OS2.0 !!!

But this of course doesn't change the fact that the Microwave 1 (OS2.0) is a fantastic, powerfull Synthesizer.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-22-1999 at 11:55
Haven Siguenza a part-timer user from Canada writes:
madness! wonderfully complex sounds easy to make without using all the modulators, capable of sounding real nasty. I use it for most of my synth type sounds (pads, leads, FX) okay at bass. This things strengh is not imatative synthesis in my opinion, is new sounds. Filters have beautiful crisp High end and resonance. Sounds way better through phasers, flangers, chourus(because of all those moving waves). Great drum sounds too! Wish list: FUNs (like K2000), resyntesis of samples(like Wave). If you're into knocking holes in listeners heads, or even giving them a really great massage get one.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-04-1999 at 04:28
Chad Gould a professional user from USA writes:
Nice synth. Front panel interface sucks (but you can use computers), that's the worst part about this synth. It also isn't a GM synth so if you're expecting the latest and greatest Bosendorfer piano set with cheesy drum sounds, you'll be disappointed. It's a nice spicy addon especially for ambient and industrial. Very similar to the PPG Wave once you dive into it. Sounds extremely nice over the PA and my favorite synth to bug the acid droppers with "whaddafuck was that?!?!" sounds. (: Pity the interface, that's what the Microwave XT is for, but I'll stick with what I got. It's pretty cheap nowadays.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-26-1998 at 18:57
Iain a professional user from The YooKay writes:
Well, everybody raves about this synth. I use it at work (Yes, I'm lucky enough to actually earn my living in the music industry) and I find that it does indeed have some very good sounds. It has that digital sheen to it, which causes some of the sounds to be too clinical in my opinion.

To be honest, it really just didn't "hit" me in the same way the Roland JV2080 does. I certainly would not recommend buying this synth. Use your money to buy a JV, or build up your collection of analogue synths.

The sure-fire test occurs when my boyfriend (who works out nearly every day) walks into my home studio in his briefs. If I spend less than 10 seconds finishing off what I'm doing then this synth could never rate more than 3 on Sonicstate. I have to declare now that I just left the Microwave immediately and hopped straight into bed. He has a much nicer interface and is much easier (and rewarding) to tweak.

I'm really happy for those of you who believe that the Microwave is the answer to all of our prayers. I guess it all shows that we are all individuals, with different opinions and ways of making music ... and that can only be a "beautiful thing", can't it.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-11-1998 at 05:24
Anselm Meyer a part time user from germany (frankfurt/main) writes:
really deep basses. because of the digital oscillators it`s sounds come more precise than an analog osc could do (if you use more than one single osc for one sound the analog oscillators` continuously shifting frequencies will result "phasenausl├Âschungen" (look up the engl. word for that - it`s german). the bass loses the punch. and that`s exactly what the micrwave has: punch -due to the good attack the digital oscs produce and a big boom from the analog filters. check out the ppg wave (the predecessor) 2.2 (2.3 sounds cleaner) - i was told it it can do everything the microwave does - only better. i don`t know. at least i do know that it has a big panel (only some have midi). wanna swap sounds? microwave jd800 mks50 wavestation mks70 80 jv2080 jp8000 other? ADW.Wewior@t-online.de (start message with "for Anselm")

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:17
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