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"I like all the effects options, the expansions, the fact that you have a whole extra board, the RADIAS, to load into it and the idea of having pads built in. It’s pretty cool to be able to assign chords to different pads. It will take time for me to figure out ways to use some of the features."more
When you start to use one, you become an addict. It's not analog, it's digital and something. I don't know. It's just Radias. Identificable, you can't confuse its sound hence the continuous morphing dual filters and very edgy oscillators. It's a strange hybrid, the first oscillator can be operate as a traditional signal source and in this mode you can switch to cross mode (crossfades the second oscillator), unison mode (a.k.a supersaw, supersqure, supertriangle and supersine) and VPM mode (I don't really understand how it works, but it creates typical metal bell sounds). It can operate as a wavetable oscillator with 64 very different waves and usual others: Noise, Formant and DrumPCM mode. Formant mode is another good one, because Radias has the ability to record your voice and it stores the formants. Then you can use it as a formant source which brings many fun for creating robot voices and other stupid or sci-fi related humanoid sounds. Effects are exceptionally good, but it lacks DSP power, so when you set a delay and reverb on the same tone, the delay time is reducing to 1 sec. Rotary and TalkingMod effects renting all the two FX slot for a tone, so they can use alone. Otherwise, virtual patch system reminds me to the E-MU engine, and God bless the internal audio bus, then you can internally mix and vocode your tones making really exclusive sounds and beatrhythms. It has an arpeggiator, 2 x 32 step polyphonic sequencer, and Korg's other magic invention, the ModStep which is basically a 3x16 step-sequencer for modulate parameters on every tone independently, and it can run free or keysynced, of course can be triggered by the master arpeggiator or step sequencers. Guess the potentials... So it's a digital synth with a modular-like patching system and a VST-like interface. It has very deep programming possibilities, and factory presets are good represention of the features and opportunities. For me, it's far better than a Virus TI, but of course, it's only personal. (I had a Virus before too.) Oh, and a sidenote:it has a template system for tones. When you start sound-sculpturing, you can just dial in the best starting tone from the 128 overwritable synth template. :) You can save your typical tones as templates. So literally you can build your personal style-machine from this one. :)
OK... It looks a bit fun synth in a first glance but, actually it's not exactly. It can huge sounds out of it. Mod matrix has many combinations as digitally. Plus you can make your drum sounds out of it. It has nice compressor and tight enhancer too.