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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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DJ MAD a hobbyist user writes:
Alright Sorry about that, the FS1r is a great machine, yes I'll admit the presets are great in the Fs1r but limited. It really shines when you take your hand in programming. Chances are if programming's not your thing.. you won't like this. But if you can program it's wonderful! Great for Industrial or Ambient or Rock or Whatever. You also need to learn how to layer. Like layer a BASS with a String and another BASS for an awesome patch. Most will want to wait till they have more experience programming to get this little monster or take extensive time learning it. It's awesome! DX7? B'ah! this thing is like a DX7 on super-roids! 8 operators, an awesome digital filter, and more Polyphony! Complements analogs great also, like if you have a few old or new mono synths it'll give you all the best Choruses PADS and Strings you'll ever need! Keep your ass biting BASS and leads and have your PHAT PADS and Strings. Best PADS since the Prophet VS and best Strings since the Roland JXs. And if you're really good..you can get dead on 303 sounds out of this (NO JOKE!) which makes it great for Techno!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-05-2000 at 18:33
Will a part-time user from California writes:
Yes, the FS1R is an awesome machine!! Really unique in many ways. Its a bit tricky to operate like all FM synths, but if you can dig into it, you will be very pleased with the result. It takes some effort, but the investment is so much worthwhile --you will never want to sell it. Mine stays here!!! And yes, you can get them for $350. I did --brand new!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-29-2000 at 19:55
Synthbum a professional user from St.LouisSuburbs writes:
Guitar Center is now out of them nationwide. Mars Music is also out. But they're still available online from americanmusical.com (but for how long?). $440 delivered! Some say they're discontinued. Some say not. I tend to believe the former. Got mine three days ago.

The FS1R exceeds! Think four fabulously improved DX-7's in one. - But with 8 operators, not 6. - and 88 algorithms, not 32. - And with formant variations. - Strong, extreme effects! - Total Sysex control. - Clean, quiet, loud output (x4). The spaciest pads. The finest EP's. Great synths all around. Not a sample to be found. I have never heard a better digital synth. It sit's so nicely in the mix alongside the analog stuff. Excellent display.

Guess the demand for Analog/Virtual Analog hurt sales. Or maybe because it's not some "groovejunk" aimed at the sub-literate crowd.

If you're a true MIDI synthesist, you will do yourself a favor by acquiring one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-04-2000 at 15:38
Disease Factory a professional user from USA,COLORADO writes:
Amazing. Dont let the presets fool you. You can make this thing moog like. I got a killer moog lead out of it by fooling around with it. Filters are way cool, and man the FX are top notch, throw distortion on, boom, industrial, throw delays, phazer, boom techno. the S**T!!!! now for 400 bucks, if you by roland jv/xp, or any rompler, kick yourself. Buy 2 of these and get the poly you need, they are versitle, get a mono synth (analog, sampler, 2 of these, and you can write amazing tracks. Not gear for dumb preset people. Learn to program sounds, this is a king. Digital fm synth! rocks the world. Yamaha did us all a favor.. thanks...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-06-2000 at 04:51
scott murrell a part-time user from u.s.a. writes:
I hate this module!! I bought mine from the Dallas Guitar Center about a week ago and haven't had a decent nights sleep since. I find myself waking in the middle of the night thinking of sounds I want to write for this thing,I awaken early in the morning and program it before work. My wife thinks I've gone crazy,I haven't had this much fun since my first Synthi AKS in 1973(yes,I'm that old and I've gone throught the gamut of synths. fm-analogs...). Was it worth the $399.00 that I paid for it? Well,I lost more than that getting rid of my Yamaha EX5 to get my General Music SK76(if you aren't familiar with these shame on you!)....Scott

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-27-2000 at 22:49
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