Novation Xio (3-in-1 hardware synth/2-in 2-out USB Sound card/Midi Controller)
A full 25 key Hardware Synthesizer with built-in focusrite USB audio interface (2-in 2-out Sound Card), and assignable Kaoss pad all in one portable package. It also works with Apples camera connection kit.
Basically it's a synth with a built-in focusrite Scarlett 2-in 2-out interface which on their own retail for at least R2500.
The synth is a full 3-oscillator, 10 voice Polyphonic synth engine with effects, with 2 LFO's, 2 envelopes, nice sounding filters, noise, modulation, overdrive, bass booster, resonance cutoff, 6 effects, arpeggiator and X-Gator that can all be used simultaneously.
The featured effects are Delay, Reverb, Chorus, Distort, EQ/Vol and Panning.
Oscillators include traditional analog: Sine, Saw, Triangle, Sqr/Pulse with PWM it also has Wavetable options: HP, BP Noise, Organ, Harpischord, Elecpiano, Slap Bass, Rhodpiano, Rhod Tine, Whurly EP, Clavinet, Ana, Bass.
Each Osc has its own Level, Detune, Semitone option, Sync EtC ... The usual suspects!
1 x 12db /24db filter (LP, HP, BP modes with ADSR)
LFO include Sine, Saw, triangle, pulse and 32 waveforms plus patterns)
Arppegiator and X-gator also have nice optionswith quick and snappy attacks as well as nice Long releases, as well as a few other options.
The whole machine can work as a standalone midi controller, but Novation has also introduced a hybrid mode in the Xio that allows for synth and midi controlling together!
I have A-B compared this to an Access Virus C (indigo 2) And it is very similar, the Virus just has more Mod routing options, Etc. It also kills the sounds of the Juno-D and the Roland Gaia SH-01 that I owned.
The sound card is a 24 bit AD - DA USB Interface.
You can read the awesome reviews for it in Sound on Sound magazine or website.
The Xio is very easy to program, and it really is a "jack of all trades" - good at Pads and emulating analog bass, leads, Sfx etc.
A much nicer sounding filter to the microKorg's Esp XL
It has loads of downloadable patches, a full computer software editor, and the bonus is it can load patches from Novation X- station as well!
It also has 6 talented artists endorsing the unit with 10 custom presets libraries by each artist: Roots Manuva, James Zabiela, Rennie Pilgrim, Ferry Corsten, Skeewiff and Shimon!
The process of creating sounds is a big part of synthesis and the Xio is very fun and enjoyable, no deep menu diving and when you do have to go in there, its one button away and logical.
You can't find a better machine in such a small package.
Selling because I'm needing cash for the big move overseas, but this is my favourite baby.
Price is R3000 incl. shipping. Negotiable.
I'm based in Ballito KZN, but can ship to anywhere in SA via Postnet for R99 which would take 2/3 days.