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Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Feb 1986
Yamaha DX100 Polysynth
The latest addition to the DX family is the cheapest yet at just £349. Simon Trask slings it round his neck and takes it for a test drive: will it bring FM to the masses?
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1985
Yamaha's DX21 polysynth offers FM sound quality at a low, low price, plus a few features even the DX7 doesn't have. Simon Trask investigates.
Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Sep 1985
Yamaha DX21 synthesiser
The latest in the DX synth series
Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1992
Roland JV80 & JY30 Synths
Is Roland's new JV80 their best keyboard since the D50? Julian Colbeck thinks it is, as he puts the company's two newest synths to the test.
Review | Sound On Sound, May 1989
Yamaha TQ5 Expander
Stylish or ugly, don't let the TQ5’s unconventional casing distract you from the fact that with its 8-track integral sequencer and digital effects, this 4-operator FM expander packs a pretty powerful punch for the money. David Hughes reports from his ring-side seat.
Review | Music Technology, Apr 1994
There's a new synth in town, it's gunning for the competition and it aims to please.
Review | Sound On Sound, Mar 1992
Studio Series Roland D110 Voice Cards
Super sleuth Simon Sanders finds himself hot on the trail of cool sounds for the Roland D110. Prime suspect: Valhala.
Review | Sound On Sound, Oct 1986
Since the release of their diminutive yet ground-breaking CZ-101 synth, Casio have been steadily improving the facilities of their Phase Distortion keyboards with each subsequent CZ product. The culmination of those efforts is now manifest in their best-ever synthesizer, the CZ-1, a truly professional performance instrument. Chris Jenkins says 'welcome'.
Review | Music Technology, Nov 1992
Carry On Doctor...
Review | Sound On Sound, Sep 1992
GM/GS Synth Module
The Dr. Rhythm series served up Roland's highly-regarded drum machine technology in affordable form; now the Dr. Synth squeezes Sound Canvas sounds into a compact, value-for-money box. Derek Johnson makes an appointment.
Review | Making Music, Sep 1986
Review | In Tune, Nov 1986
Review | In Tune, Jan 1985
Professional Polyphonic Synth
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1986
Following in the footsteps of their successful budget CZ models, Casio add touch-sensitivity for the professional user. Simon Trask evaluates the results.
Review | International Musician, Feb 1985
Small, digital and reviewed by Curtis Schwartz
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Jan 1985
Programmable Phase Distortion Polysynth
At last, Casio come up with the pro keyboard goods. Paul Wiffen tests the first of a whole range of synth gear from the calculator people, and concludes that it's 'probably the best Casio of all time.'
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, May 1986
What the ghetto blaster is to hi-fi, the CZ230S is to synthesisers. Annabel Scott takes a spin in Casio's streetwise preset synth.
Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1986
Mark Jenkins reports on this recent addition to the popular CZ range of polysynths and suggests that the Phase Distortion synthesis it employs could well be the answer for those of you caught in the 'analogue versus digital' dilemma.
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Feb 1986
Casio plug a gap in their range by introducing a CZS000 without the sequencer. Trish McGrath uses her fingers to see how it sounds.
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Jun 1985
Programmable Phase Distortion Polysynth with Sequencer
Continuing their fight for pro keyboard acceptance, Casio double the CZ1000's voices and throw in a multitrack sequencer for good measure. Simon Trask casts a critical eye over the results.
Review | Sound On Sound, Oct 1987
Looking for a low-cost introduction to synthesis? With its simplified programming method and variant on the Phase Distortion sound, Casio's latest 8-voice, splittable, polysynth could well prove the ideal first choice. Mark Badger explores...
Review | Music Technology, Nov 1987
Budget polysynth or home organ accessory? Casio attempt to find another gap in the market with Spectrum Distortion synthesis. Nicholas Rowland finds it's not too far from old-fashioned analogue.
Review | Music Technology, Sep 1988
iPD Digital Synthesiser
Casio's latest synthesiser employs the successor to the company's own PD synthesis system - interactive Phase Distortion. Bob O'Donnell investigates a new phase in synthesis.
Review | Music Technology, Oct 1989
iPD Synth Expander
The VZ8M is the latest application of the synthesis system behind Casio's popular VZ synths. Simon Trask evaluates iPD synthesis in this age of digital development and analogue reincarnation.
Review | Sound On Sound, Feb 1990
If you're tired of sampled sounds and are searching for a source of non-imitative synthetic voices to balance your repertoire, these low-cost instruments could well deliver the goods. Martin Russ finds out.