Quasimidi Raven

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The Raven is a great quality German made performance synthesizer for creating pumpin' dance tracks - live or in the studio (or at home)! In essence the Raven is like having a Rave-O-Lution 309 inside a professional keyboard with a sleek look and interface. Strongly aimed at the dance music genre, the Raven offers up great sounds including: Basses, LeadSynths, SynthPads, Natural Sounds, Organs, FM-Percussion, Effects, Drumsets, Tuned Drums and multitimbral Performance patches. An on-board interactive 8-track sequencer, arpeggiators, real-time control knobs and effects equip this nice synthesizer for any electronic musical venture.

The Raven can be upgraded with the RavenMAX card. This increases the sample wave memory from 6 to 14 MB. There are tons of new sounds emphasizing drums, percussion, synths and effect sounds. "Motivator" real-time tweaks can be recorded into the on-board sequencer and there are about 100 "motifs" from other artists and users for instant groove patterns! Note however that the Raven has only 24 voices of polyphony which usually means your songs may be sparse in their arrangement. But creative planning and tricks can still get you by the Raven's limited polyphony, live and in the studio. If you're planning to shake some dance floors, the Raven makes a great all-in-one dance studio, and it looks really cool too! It has been used by BT and Jean Michel Jarre.

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14 Visitor comments
Johnny SSH
August 22, 2009 @ 6:33 am
Like DenDer Acid Cult Records says why isn't the Quasar mentioned??

The Raven was actually based around the Quasar but obviously highly updated and much more powerful!!

In fact there is another not synth but controller from Quasimidi called the Cyber-6 which actually is similar to the Raven without sounds.

Listening to all the demo's back on Quasimidi's site years back this device was amazing like all their other boxes!! And also as a Quasar owner it's a shame that Quasimidi stopped producing these and also went under.
June 23, 2009 @ 11:55 am
Tangerine Dream have used this too, according to a picture at TD's official site (picture from London 1997)
DenDer Acid Cult Records
January 19, 2009 @ 12:21 pm
What i don't quit understand is why the Quasar isn't mentioned on this site. It's older than The Raven and Sirius. It's also an underrated rack synth/groovebox. I say groovebox because with the TRE expansion you get some very cool sounding drums to. From vintage beats to 808 and 909 samples.
October 16, 2008 @ 9:50 am
A steep learning curve with the O.S,but once you get your head round the basics,its quite a capable and logical groovemachine,sounds wise its pretty good and full of all manner of dance timbres,Polyphony is a little limp and you soon run out of voices with larger sequences,but a very underrated machine and perhaps due to the lack of numbers Quite a sort after device that many people don't realise its potential.
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Hear this great synth for yourself! This demo is a cool house production, originally from Quasimidi's old web-site. The analog sounding drums and bass, arpeggios and cool weird sounds will peak your interest in the Raven.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 24 voices
  • Oscillators - 3 osc: M.A.S.S. (6 MB Samples-In-Memory)
  • LFO - YES
  • Filter - One filter section
  • VCA - ADSR Envelope
  • Arpeg/Seq - 8 track pattern sequencer with unique features plus full arpeggiator
  • Effects - 2 effects units including reverb
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch
  • Memory - 512 patches, 100 performances
  • Control - MIDI (16-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1996
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Quasimidi's old web-site.

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