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I got this on Amazon for £139.00 and what a bargain !!! this thing sounds HUGE!! I have quite a few analogue mono synths (Moog Little Phatty, Moog Mother 32, Arturia (Mini & Micro Brute), Behringer Neutron and D, but this little thing is one of may faves. It's soooo small and light but sounds EPIC!
The editor Ap is superb and offers many additional controls and modulation options not available from the four panel. The USB integration with the Ap is really great in the DAW too. I love it!
This, and its sibling the UNO Synth, are my first foray into the scary and exciting world of hardware synths. Before, it has all been software with some MIDI controllers. I must say I am very impressed with this - a little more than its brother. It's versatile, small, pleasant to use, and impressively 'big' sounding. I own a number of IK Multimedia's software offerings, so was very intrigued by these small units. FYI, a lot cheaper here than from IK Multimedia directly (even with Jam points... Seriously pointless). So far they've not been a let down. A few negatives, however: although the capacitive surface is neat, there is no velocity sensitivity. Also, the encoders are a little on the cheap side - time will tell on those things. I have found that sequencing on UNO Drum is a lot more intuitive than on the UNO Synth, but I haven't needed to resort to reading the manual except in order to sync to a master MIDI device. The software side of this is handy, and offers a lot of simplicity for your DAW of choice; instead of having to sort out MIDI channels, a pretty comprehensive VST is offered to control and manage the little guy. It's simple to set up, but I'm not sure about the extra sound packs; I may be wrong, but they seem to be just extra PCM sounds that can be flashed onto the device, and won't necessarily use the analogue circuitry. Which brings me neatly to the analogue... It's a nice selling point, but in all honesty, I struggle sometimes to tell the difference between analogue and digital, especially when care and attention are given to physicial modelling. All I can say is, I like the sound, and have some interesting projects in mind for the UNO range. Nice one, IK Multimedia (just stop it with the ridiculous JamPoints)!
Please dont laugh but I really missed my old battery wasp (yes i am that old) I did look at all the korgs etc, but features where a bit slim and no white noise. This has everything you need in bundles, and.....you can save it. It has to be the best deal in the market so far, its monofonic but the keyboard plays arps chords etc. Line in as well for more fun and it can link to anything via usb/midi. If only it had a really basic drum machine built in with a 4 trk I would pay another £50.
Covers all the basics for getting into analogue synths. Even if you're familiar with subtractive synthesis, it's a great addition to your set-up. Very simple to use with nice layout of controls. Also includes its own sequencer and arpeggiator, a few effects, chorus and delay. Only downside is battery life - they won't last more than a few hours of continuous play. But it can be connected to any PC/laptop via USB for power. You don't need any additional music software although I recommend downloading IK Multimedia's app for the UNO synth for deeper use.
Nice and simple to use with great sounds and features. I have a lot of hardware and I don’t feel that you should need a science degree to operate synths to make music they should be just part of the process. The UNO is just that, lightweight easy to use with good sounds. It’s not the best synth I have by a long way but as part of my gigging set up its perfect. The ‘keyboard’ takes some getting used to if you have never used one of these, but is better than the Volca ones as it is slightly more tactile. The only improvements I would like to see would be an internal speaker, like the Volcas and Novation Circuits have and more connectivity options. But for the money, it’s pretty good and a welcome addition to my kit list.
Had this a couple of weeks now and have barely scratched the surface of what this Synth has to offer. 100 programmable sequences; of which 20 are presets, (which you can’t alter) with multiple options per sequence. It has two independent analog VCOs with a variable wavelength and a noise generator, plus Arpeggio and Sequence buttons. The LFO waveform options include sine, triangle, saw up & down, square, random, sample and hold. It comes with downloadable software and also works with other plugins. It has a 27 key multitouch keyboard and also a dozen scales to choose from. The UnoSynth is impressive and I wish that I’d come across it a couple of years ago, when it first came out. If you can’t utilise USB, it takes 4 x AA batteries, which lasted 3 hours before I had to replace them.
I purchased this from Amazon for £109. That's £36 cheaper than a Volca Keys for much more synth. At this price I don't think there is another product that comes close.
The lightweight, plastic case might not be to everyone's taste but if portability is a factor then it can be seen as a plus point. The synth architecture is similar to an old fashioned entry level mono synth such as the Moog Rogue. The sound is good with non-ladder filter delivering a lot of low end frequencies. It sometimes feels weird to hear such beefy tones from a toylike box!
PROS - very portable, very affordable, patch memory and a useable keyboard. CONS - susceptible to noise, requires software editor for deep patching, possibly fragile. The factory presets are not great but you can download plenty more via the editor.
It took some experimentation with audio and USB cables to eliminate the digital noise from the output. The software provided is Windows or Mac only though the editor runs happily under Wine on Linux.
awesome little synth worth double the cost. it looks like a toy but has some depth and robustness to the sound which I wasn't expecting. The sequencer is very simple as is the sound design, but this just adds to the experience as its very quick to dial in a sound you have in your head.
Excellent piece of kit! Analog synthesiser, sequencer and the rest. For £165. It's a no-brainer! I bought 2..
UPDATE: BEWARE! you need to open an account with IK multimedia, in order to register your product. You need to do that to get any updates and the editor software. If you want to sell your synth, you have to PAY to transfer the ownership. That's YOU the seller NOT the new owner. DO NOT buy second hand, unless the seller has paid to transfer the ownership to you.