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
February 10, 2011 @ 11:57 pm
Yes, since there is a Cyber-6, which is pretty much a Raven with no sound synthesizer and two motivators. Sincer there does not appear to have been a Cyber-1 through 5, I wonder if the Cyber-6 was named after the Argentinian adventure comic series of the same name, or perhaps the European televised cartoon series adaptation that followed. It could be someone at Quasimidi was a CyberSix fan.
February 3, 2011 @ 12:27 pm
Back in the 90s I had already bought a Technox (why isn't it in the list?), later on I got me a 309 and also pondered on buying a Raven. I test-drove one for several weeks and had fun with its creative sequencing options but the comparably high data compression/thinning rate of the patches let it lack that extra punch you'd expect from a dedicated techno synth, the Technox also suffered from that. Many of the Raven's patches sound quite outdated from today's perspective. As its name suggests, it was made with rave livegigs in mind. if you like that particular sound, look no further.
January 4, 2011 @ 7:24 pm
Scooter a german techno band is using this synth.
Watch Scooter-how much is the fish clip 2:41/3:46.
October 6, 2010 @ 3:55 am
It is not a 309 inside a professional keyboard. First, the 309 came later than the raven, second the raven is not a VA, it is a rompler with few sound editing possibilities. Nevertheless it is a nice synth with a very good (fatar) keyboard.
Furthermore: indeed I miss the quasar and technox on this site.
March 24, 2010 @ 9:22 am
Apparently also used by Scooter (at least that's what you can see in "How much is the fish").
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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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