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Gear

21 Today

Review | Electronic Soundmaker, Sep 1985
Yamaha DX21 synthesiser

The latest in the DX synth series

2600 Paths to Happiness

Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Apr 1988

Another old synth makes its comeback. This time it's Steve Howell's much-prized ARP 2600 with its graphic panel layout, modular construction and built-in amplification.

Akai Arrive!

Review | In Tune, Nov 1986
Akai AX73 Programmable Polyphonic Synthesiser

Akai AX80

Review | One Two Testing, Dec 1984

poly, MIDI, bar-graphs...

Akai AX80

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Dec 1984
Programmable Polysynth

Paul White looks at the first musical instrument product from a Japanese giant. Has Akai's poly got the sounds and the facilities necessary for it to make an impact on today's synth world?

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.

Alesis QuadraSynth

Review | Music Technology, Apr 1994
synthesiser

There's a new synth in town, it's gunning for the competition and it aims to please.

Alternative Analogue

Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Jun 1989
Korg MS20

This month's trip down memory lane takes us to Korg's MS20. Greg Truckell reacquaints himself with an analogue synth that may be better suited to use in 1989 than 1979.

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.

Bass - No Bull

Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, May 1991
Moog Taurus Pedals

Ultimate bass? Legendary synth pioneers Moog once made the best bass synth on the planet: Paul Ward reassesses the power of Taurus in the light of '90s bass mania.

Bass... the final frontier

Review | The Mix, Nov 1994
Deep Bass Nine

TB303-type synth module

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.

Bit One

Review | In Tune, Dec 1984
6-Voice Programmable Touch-Sensitive Synthesiser

Brian Chatton on the Poly 800

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Apr 1984

Hot-foot from a mammoth UK tour as part of John Miles' backing-band, this well-respected keyboardist gives his own impressions of life on the road with Korg's latest MIDI-equipped polysynth.

Casio CZ-1 Digital Synth

Review | Making Music, Sep 1986

Casio CZ-101

Review | In Tune, Jan 1985
Professional Polyphonic Synth

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 | 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.'

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 CZ5000

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.

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...

 

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