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General Music S3 Turbo

General Music S3 Turbo

4.25 4.25 out of 5, based on 1 Review

Excellent as master keyboard!

29th August 2017

General Music S3 Turbo by lucasasdelli

  • Sound Quality 4 out of 5
  • Ease of use 3 out of 5
  • Features 5 out of 5
  • Bang for buck 5 out of 5
  • Overall: 4.25
General Music S3 Turbo

A very underrated instrument. The S2-S3 synthesizers were a very good attempt of GEM to gain some presence within the high-end workstation market. Although being totally digital, S2-S3 sounds fat and with lot of mix presence.

The excellent semi-weighted keyboard has metallic contacts and a very good polyphonic aftertouch, and is even sensitive to release velocity. Another useful feature are the double MIDI port sets, thus having control over 32 MIDI channels on two busses.

The audio path starts with a couple of digital waveform oscillators, has two digital multimode filters chain, four Analog Devices DACs, a pan section and a DSP.

A massive 250,000 note sequencer is available on board.

The very bright display guides across many functions, and seven programmable sliders + buttons are available to musician expressions.

A remarkable note is the lack of portamento, and the NiCd battery is subject to acid leak and it must be replaced soon with a battery pack to host somewhere inside the instrument.

Apart from the good timbre, it's a superb master keyboard.

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