Time Machine: Like It's 1999

With reviews of the M-Audio Venom and Novation UltraNova in this issue, we thought it’d be edifying to take a look back at what virtual analog synths did a dozen years ago, and what that would’ve cost you.
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With reviews of the M-Audio Venom and Novation UltraNova in this issue, we thought it’d be edifying to take a look back at what virtual analog synths did a dozen years ago, and what that would’ve cost you. This was pre-Voyager and pre-Evolver, so outside of the modular crowd, real analog synths weren’t back on the radar yet. Looking at these stats fromour October 1999 roundup, one thing is undeniable: We’ve come a long way, baby.

ACCESS VIRUS A

12 voices, 2 oscillators plus sub-osc and noise, 16-part multitimbral, $1,695 list.

WALDORF Q

16 voices, 3 oscillators, 16-part multitimbral, $3,495 list.

NOVATION SUPERNOVA

16 voices (expandable to 32 at extra cost), 3 oscillators plus noise, 8-part multitimbral, $2,499 list.

CLAVIA NORD LEAD 2

16 voices, 2 oscillators, 4-part multitimbral, $1,799 list.

KORG Z1

12 voices (expandable to 18 at extra cost), 2 oscillators, 6-part multitimbral, physical modeling, $2,600 list.

ROLAND JP-8080

10 voices, 2 oscillators, 2-part multitimbral, $1,595 list.

YAMAHA AN-1x

10 voices, 2 oscillators plus noise, 2-part multitimbral, $1,495 list.