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    Novation Supernova II

    I own the keyboard version; sometime it's hard to believe that isn't an analog instrument. The oscillators could be slightly influenced with drift values, to effectively emulate some analog instable tuning, and deep saws are full and shaking. The filter is good, creamy and with three different slopes. Three ADSRs are enough to modulate the synthesis, and the powerful effects section is more than a mere complement. The keyboard feels like a Fatar one. There are lots of electronic music arpeggios, ready to be played with great effect. I can't really imagine what sholuld be missed on this instrument.
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    Novation Super Bass Station

    A little big monster. It features two DCOs, a fully analog VCF with good behavior, and on the output an analog BBD chorus is provided, using the identical circuitry of Roland Juno-6. The sound is really fat, deep and with fast envelopes when needed. Noise and S&H make a complete setup for this 1-U rack unit. More units could be daisy-chained via MIDI to build up a discrete analog polyphonic synthesizer, thus sharing the MIDI data across played notes. It even features CV and Gate connections, so that it could act as a MIDI/CV converter. All MIDI control changes are sent and received in real time, so it is possible to manage it with a knobby MIDI controller.
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    GeneralMusic S3 Turbo Music Processor

    The keybed uses metal contact and provides a very good tactile feedback; moreover, the S2 and S3 features one of the best polyphonic aftertouch on the market, making them as excellent master keyboards. And as more notable features: keyboard release velocity four high-quality Analog Devices DACs on their audio chain no portamento effect double MIDI port sets (2 MIDI IN, 2 MIDI THRU, 2 MIDI OUT, separately configured) S3 is 76-key, S2 is 61-key The internal NiCd battery is prone to acid leakage and motherboard damage. I highly recommend to owners to replace the NiCd one with a NiMH battery, setting it aside from the motherboard and connected with a pair of wires, to avoid possible damage. It could be easily made without removing the motherboard, by simply cutting original battery leads and using them as terminals. They are built like a tank, quite heavy compared with current keyboard production. The button keys on panel are, lilke as the traditional italian instruments, tiny and with small action range. The encoder could need some cleaning, but it restores to the original precision. Pitch and mod wheels are big and gives great feedback. The display is highly readable even in sunlight.
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    ARP Explorer 1 Synthesizer Keyboard Model 2900

    I own one of these strange instruments, and I've completely restored and tuned it. Quite interesting are the VCO, made with the same 4027-1 module used on 2600 (but with a sawtooth derived from a pulse octave cascading instead of the module output), and a 4034 VCF, the transistor ladder Moog clone, subsequently replaced with the 4075 module. Therefore this little preset thing has a powerful structure under the hood, and it is capable to generate interesting sounds using the manual controls.
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