FutureRetro 777 by crufty
The fr-777 is a monovoice, two osc + sub osc bass "acid" synth with insane modulation capabilities. While capable of classic tb 303 type sounds, the addition of suboscs and featuring (osc+subosc)x2, ea with cv in, each capable of modulating the other, noise, three different filter modes, and nice env modulations, mean that this little bad boy is capable of so much more. Sound is devestatingly acid sweet or gnarly, gentle or rough (with built in overdrive). 10, no question.
Easy to use, much easier to program then the 303 (though many will be quick to point out that is part of the 303 charm). The manual is not really necessary (except for some song and time tips). Ease of use, 10.
Features...all analog, yes. Resonance that goes to 11? Yes, Plenty of knob goodness and has some cv i/o. Has onboard sequencer as well as midi in. But...cv routing is pretty limited and...no midi based filter sweep nor much in the way of cc/aftertouch, if any. I dont look at these as negatives, but realistically other synths have such niceities, so...so 7.
Bang for buck...pretty good. The envelope is tweakable but still a fixed envelope guitar emulation (ala tb303). For acid basslines, guitar like basslines, trance leads, drum sounds, etc, its fine. Still, the fr777 has a "sound" that is always there. When one gets to learn this most excellent creation, the fr777 will jump out at you in other tunes. I dont look at this as a negative...but other synths are poly (more then one note at a time), multi-timbural (more then one patch playing at a time), and most have a classic attack-delay-sustain-release envelope (and typically at least half that again), so bang for buck for "average" em, 8.
Unless you have a 909 and are wondering, why do i own this? Whats so awesome about the tr 909? Then bang for buck is 10,000,000.