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In-Depth Reviews

A section for in depth reviews of items - more detailed than customer reviews on the products pages.

  • ROLAND GAIA SH-01 REVIEW

    Posted on August 12, 2010 by Absolute Music

    This review kindly written by Tony Long. You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music

    The GAIA SH-01 - another little gem from Roland. What is it? - Well the GAIA reminds me a little of a Jupiter 8 but looking so much "2010". In essence it is a virtual analogue synth or rather three analogue synths in one. Roland have made a great decision on Colour. I don't wish to sound like a girl, but it is amazing how many times you see Artists who have products made especially in white. Why? - Because they look so good on stage. Access did it with their "Limited Edition" Virus.

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  • Roland Lucina AX-09 Review

    Posted on July 28, 2010 by Absolute Music

    This review kindly written by Tony Long. You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music

    Here it is: - the Roland Lucina AX-09 shoulder Synthesizer. OK, so I am in front of a great big mirror, I have put on my 80's clothes, made my hair look three times bigger than it normally is, picked up a guitar strap, attached it to the new Roland Lucina, plugged her in and switched her on. I must say I like the name of this Synth taken from Greek Mythology. Roland say that they have selected the name Lucina from the Goddess of Birth. They are hoping that this little beauty will inspire a new generation of children to become synthesiser players. I thought I would put Lucina through her paces to determine whether or not it was a serious instrument, a kid's toy or something that would truly encourage children to start to understand today's synths and all the fun that it brings to the world of music.

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  • KORG KAOSS PAD KP3 REVIEW

    Posted on July 12, 2010 by Absolute Music

    This review kindly written by Tony Long. You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music

    Korg describe the Kaoss Pad KP3 as " More than a processor, the KP3 is a complete instrument allowing you to manage, recall, and play back samples; sample on the fly; and add dynamic processing to any audio signal or to the samples themselves". It has the X-Y touch pad to control multi -effect parameters in real time and it has been around since October 2006 and is still being widely used by musicians, producers and DJ's. It is Korg's third version of it's Kaoss Pad and I wonder as this is nearly four years old now, will there ever be a KP4? The KP3 was upgraded to Version 2 on 9th July 2009. This Kaoss Pad is not just a great hands-on effects module it is also quite a remarkable Midi controller.

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    This post was posted in Blog entries, DJ Gear, In-Depth Reviews and was tagged with effects, Korg, review, tony long

  • KORG KAOSSILATOR REVIEW

    Posted on July 6, 2010 by Absolute Music

    This review kindly written by Tony Long. You can read more reviews like this, along with Tony's productions at his personal site -> Tony Long Music

    Korg Kaossilator - Review by Tony Long

    When I receive a new product, the first thing I like to do is play with it without reading the manual. This is partly because I cannot wait but more importantly I want to test how use-friendly the item is. I am pleased to say that the Kaossilator was ready to go the minute I put in the four batteries and plugged in my favourite headphones. You switch her on and start to run your fingers across her touch-sensitive surface or tap away rhythmically and an assortment of cutting - edge sounds phases, flanges or auto-pans across your disbelieving ears. Why do you disbelieve? Well for a start its coming from something that is only approximately 5 x 4 inches in size.

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