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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Stewart Miles a part-time user from UK (now in the US) writes:
This is probably the best value for money bit of kit I have in my studio. It's simply fantastic! If you're after a synth with really high quality acoustic instruments the MU-10 (SW60/DB50 etc.) is not going to be for you. If you want a synth that can produce some really diverse electronic textures this is the beasty. Nothing beats the raw digital sound of the MU-10 especially when editing patches using XG-Gold. With some patience it's possible to produce a huge range of timbres from the deep Vangelis style strings to raw 80s synth pop instruments. This is definitely an ELECTRO synth not an acoustic instrument synthesizer. I'm on my second MU-10 - my first was an old ISA SW60 - and if it broke I would definitely shop around for a new one. Patient sound programming electro heads, get one NOW!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-15-2005 at 22:34
Munky a part-time user from UK writes:
If you've got a MU-10, get the XG Gold third-party software editor (PC) and hear what it can REALLY do! It takes the unit from a very respectable XG/GM unit into a powerful synthesizer with full editing control over everything as well as hundreds of new presets - ideal for all forms of house music

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-24-2004 at 12:02
Lee Simeone a professional user from London writes:
Very good sounds you'll be mad to miss this one..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-16-2003 at 17:30
jago25_98 a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I still think my MU10 was a bargain.

Yet I haven't made the most of it at all.

Why? - Because like so many pieces of musical hardware

'You may have the technology and the creative instict but that doesn't always mean it is accessable.'

As a beginner I found that trying to get anything close to the MU10's maximum use was impossible.

If you know about MIDI sync codes and absorb the manual keeping it quick for reference you may stand a chance.

The supplied software to program the thing is great but still confusing, not completely due to MIDI being a confusing thing anyway.

The MU10 is hard to use and it's a combination of many factors:-

- MIDI is confusing - MIDI codes / programming is confusing - The software isn't perfect in terms of useability - The software can't access all the MU10's features on it's own - The documentation for the MU10 isn't perfect either

^ All this however, is irrelervent if you've used 2 or 3 MIDI devices and the same software supplied with the MU10 before. In other words if you know how to program a hardware MIDI module over MIDI.

However, I still haven't mastered how to:

1) Effect the 2 inputs the MU10 has without effecting the master 2) Turn off the default reverb that is applied to not only to all the built in sounds but also those inputs 3) Change any parameters of the sounds other than via the normal keyboard modulation wheel settings.

Conclusion:

Great value after all these years, I still find useful even if only pre-amping a mic or for monitoring. _Possibly_ redundant due to having most of it's functions available on modern soundcards; inputs, XG chip effects, XG chip sounds.

A classic but the low price appears to be due to the company going for a plain module format in terms of ease of use but with lots of solid features.

Buy it if you are prepared to learn because it's still a nice piece of kit.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-11-2003 at 09:24
Mick a part-time user from UK writes:
C'mon? I used this little box onstage when I switched from guitar for eight or so 'numbers'. I used a crappy midi controller keyboard, but the sound was great. I mostly used live piano (dream on one) but get this... it has two mic/guitar sockets with seperate A/D input volume sliders - yep You can put a mic or in my case a guitar straight in and use the onboard effects of the MU10 both onstage or as now, with the MU10 direct off my PC (soundcard fm synth was awfull). OK the case is plastic, but it still works after wow errr six years abuse. The XG sounds are far superior than most pc soundcards and if you want more, you gotta pay. This does exactly what I hoped for and more - download software FREE and have fun - these are around £40 now - Lovely!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-26-2002 at 19:42
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