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Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Sep 1985
Yamaha DX21 synthesiser

The latest in the DX synth series

Akai's Attack

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Jan 1985
Akai AX 80/1212 Mixer/Recorder

Akai leap bravely into the hard world of Pro music gear, with a poly, the AX 80, and a unique 12-channel mixer/recorder.

An Oberheim In Time

Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Mar 1990

A list of "classic" analogue synths could not be complete without Oberheim's OBXa. Peter Forrest reminisces about an instrument that won the hearts of many musicians.

Big Brother

Review | Sound On Sound, Oct 1986
Casio CZ-1

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'.

Big K

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Oct 1984
The Siel System

A detailed look at Siel's new DK600 keyboard Interface, and Expander.

Casio CZ1 Polyphonic Synthesiser

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.

Casio CZ101

Review | International Musician, Feb 1985
Synthcheck

Small, digital and reviewed by Curtis Schwartz

Casio CZ230S Keyboard

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.

Casio CZ3000 - The Obvious Solution?

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.

Casio HZ-600 synthesizer

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...

Casio HZ600

Review | Music Technology, Nov 1987
Portable Keyboard

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.

Casio VZ1

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.

Central Control

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1986
Ensoniq ESQ1 Polysynth

The Mirage people announce a synth that uses analogue and digital technology, throws in a multitrack sequencer, and costs just over £1000. Paul Wiffen checks it out.

Chroma/Apple Interface

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Apr 1983
Playing the Rhodes Chroma with the Apple II Sequencer

Crumar Stratus

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Dec 1982

CZ Top

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Jul 1985
Casio CZ5000

Casio's latest portable synth

Delirious Xcitement

Review | Sound On Sound, Mar 1988
Yamaha DX7S

A story in which our hero, David Mellor, deserts the path of enlightenment and sells his DX7 Mk1 for a rival keyboard. Can the DX7S tempt him back to the true faith? Read on...

Dial-A-Dream

Review | Sound On Sound, Mar 1986
Roland Alpha Juno-1

If you're not an FM fan, but are looking for a low-cost polysynth that can double as a MIDI expander, you won't need to look further than Roland's new Alpha Juno-1 according to Mark Jenkins.

Digital Dynamite

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Jan 1985

The CZ101 is the spearhead of Casio's first serious onslaught on the pro-synth market. We check out this contender for the DX's digital synthesis crown.

DK Line

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, May 1985
Siel DK80

Siel's new synth - one of the attention grabbers at this year's Frankfurt show.

Double Take

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Apr 1985
Yamaha DX5

Yamaha's follow-up machine to the DX7 is essentially a budget DX1, offering two '7s in one neat package. We take a look at the DX5.

E-Mu Proteus MPS

Review | Music Technology, Mar 1992
Sample Playback Keyboard

With the popular Proteus series of sample playback modules as its inspiration, E-mu's new synth sounds as good as it looks. Simon Trask explores the Master Performance System.

Eighth Wonder

Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Apr 1987

Of all the instruments that became popular in the heyday of the "big synth" a few years back, Roland's Jupiter 8 has stood the test of time the best. Tim Goodyer, a self-confessed JP8 addict, explains why.

Elka EK22/EK44 Synthesizers

Review | Sound On Sound, Nov 1986

Italian-designed keyboards have received mixed success over the years. Elka's old Rhapsody string synth was a popular instrument in the seventies but their main polysynth, the Synthex, failed to set the world alight. That may well be about to change with the release of their impressive 9-voice, multi-timbral, DX7-soundalike, the EK44, and the 6-voice analogue EK22. Or is it? Mark Jenkins offers his views.

Elka EK44 & EK22 Synths

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1986

Which is better, analogue or digital? Elka back the horse both ways by providing synths of both persuasions, with modular versions of both, too. Paul Wiffen thinks they're onto a winner, whichever way you look.

 

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