Korg Kaoss Pad KP3+

Great hardware looper

I bought the KP3+ second hand and sold it probably a year later still in great condition

I didn’t like the effects that much it was way too digital for me and I was getting better FX from inside my DAW. If I was playing live at the time it would o been a keeper as it had plenty of FX at a great price

In my opinion the best thing about the Korg Kaoss Pad KP3+ is not the effects it’s the looper. It was easy to operate and you could record 4 loops on the go. You could resample those loops to “bake ” the FX within those loops.

You could also record loops onto the sd card and be able to load those loops up again.

Coming from looping into Ableton and having mess around with turning the computer on and setting up the correct audio channels etc was a pain for me. The Kp3 was awesome plugin and play.


There are certain plants that poisonous to eat if you do not cook them.

Why do spell check get you to spell the American way of spelling even though I live in Australia, is there a way to change that in the settings of the spell checker?

Cooking by fire was done outside by males and seems to attract communities or neighbours to come together, to come out and see what is cooking, what that nice smell is.

Cooking inside in pots and pans came later on in the evolution of man (women) just for the fact that those cooking tools had to be developed first. It is thought that stones were used in cooking before them. Stones were heated up in the fire and held there temperature to place inside foods such as meat to cook them.

Different regions and countries have developed different dishes throughout time, depending on what ingredients were available. Different spices and herbs were used to flavour the meat and vegetation.

Cheaper less attractive meats can be used in stewing, in soups and braising. Cooking for longer times at lower heat helps break down the tougher meat into tender tastier alternatives. These cooking methods allow vegetables to be able to join in the same pot and add there advantages to the human system.

Other advantages occur with the activity of cooking and that is the development and togetherness of family. Cooking inside develops the family by eating the same dish and by congregating at the same time and place to eat this meal.

Eating by heating up on the microwave has changed this but it somehow does not taste as good.

Stewing and soups help young babies and older people without strong teeth to eat. Getting all the nutrients needed

There is a strong correlation between the decrease of home cooking and the increase of obesity.

People underestimate the time taken to drive to, wait, order and wait for restaurant or other take out foods. In the end it may not be much difference in time saved between cooking at home and ordering food.

When time is saved studies have shown that people use this saved time to either watch TV or computer or even phone screens. In other words not using the time saved in a beneficial way.

His family had a microwave meal with each member of the family trying a different microwave meal each. What they found was that it ended up not saving too much time as each meal had to be separately cooked in the microwave. Unlike a home cooked meal it meant people were eating at different times.

The food after 2 or 3 bites tasted not so good and most of the dishes ended up tasting the same. Stated that cooking by microwave felt soul destroying.

Cooking has helped us become human. Before cooking we spent long amounts of time in the day to eating and chewing. Cooking helps us break down food to make it easier to digest leaving time to explore other parts of what makes us the humans we have turned into today.

Cooking can be broken down into the same 4 elements as the early chemistry elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth.

These thoughts have come about after reading parts of the book Cooked by Michael Pollen

HOW to Lose Weight if Your Will Power Sux


Lets face it, if you think your will power sux, the last thing you feel like doing is reading a long winded book about it, full of theory, full of B.S. with the author going around in circles and circles just so the book looks more important than it is.

Keeping this in mind we will keep this introduction and the rest of this book, short and sweet and full of meat (sorry to the vegans for my little saying).

This book is about making weight loss a priority, getting in the right state of mind, setting up a structure where you are making correct decisions on a daily basis – step by step.

It’s not a magic cure, it’s not a diet.

It’s not some magic exercise routine, some magic piece of equipment that gives you 6 pack abs by using it 10 minutes a day.

We don’t give you the latest pills to buy, the fanciest supplements or protein powders.

Losing weight is like most things, wether you succeed or not takes place in that space in between your ears – your brain.

You already know all you need to know about losing weight, this book will just help you with a few simple techniques to get you headed in the right direction.

Anyway lets get into it

Contact us on the contact page if you have any questions

Why your will power sux

We have a limit of Will Power available

There have been studies that have shown that we may have limited will power. That like our muscles, will power gets fatigued, see below for one of the experiments.

The Chocolate and Radish experiment

Back in 1996 Psychologist Roy Baumeister conducted an experiment that suggested human beings have a limit of will power at our disposal.

In other words will power gets depleted, if you use will power, self control in one part of your life you may not have enough for another area of your life.

Here is a short version of the experiment

So how do we overcome this lack (limit) of will power to achieve your goal to lose weight?

1/ Make Weight loss a top priority in your life

2/ Set up good habits so that you are not relying on will power

other reasons your will power might suck include

Lack of clarity

not enough reasons why you want to lose weight.

Past efforts

Tried too many different diets, some might have worked but you gained all the weight back and you are now fed up with trying.

Current frame of mind

Your will power can change very quickly, you might feel like you have no will power now but in a few hours even, this can change e.g. when you are tired your’e mind thinks differently and makes different decisions than while you are in a better state of mind.


Time of the year, e.g. birthday party coming up, christmas, easter or work party.

Too many other….

Too man other things going on in you’re life e.g. spending too much time at work, don’t have

enough time to eat letter known eat correctly.

Next we will have a look at replacing bad habits with good habits.

Breaking Bad Habits & Replacing Them with Good Ones

Bad habits are hard to break. We’ve all got them- maybe yours is that late-night ice cream treat or your tendency to sleep in when you should be at the gym. Starting good habits might be even harder.

It takes approximately 21 days to start a new habit, which might end up being the longest 21 days of your life. Even so, it’s essential that we take the time to examine our current habits if we want to lose weight.

You might be able to rationalise that second piece of cake, but your waistline can’t.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular bad habits out there:

Skipping breakfast (and any meals, for that matter)- You might think that completely missing one meal will help you save your calorie allotment for that big dinner you’re having at your friend’s house, but this kind of thinking backfires more often than not. When we skip a meal, we slow down our metabolism.

Not only do we tamper with our body’s natural way of processing what we eat, but we’re also more likely to reach for foods that aren’t good for us for a quick blood sugar spike because we’re forcing ourselves into starvation mode.

When we skip breakfast, we’re denying ourselves food after a long night of fasting. We literally need to “break the fast” because 10 to 12 hours of eating nothing is a long time, even if we were asleep for most of it. When we eat breakfast, it gets the metabolism going.

Unconscious eating- It’s common for families to eat meals in front of the TV, but this actually encourages overeating. Reading the newspaper during breakfast can have the same effect.

Since when did eating become so boring that we have to find entertainment to distract us?

The next time you sit down for a meal, choose to sit at the table without any distractions. Also be on your guard while at a social event- lots of conversation while nibbling on treats can lead to overeating as well as making poor diet choices.

For more on unconscious eating, check out the book “Mindless Eating” by Brian Wansink.

Eating too quickly. It takes 20 to 30 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain it’s full. Give the poor organ a chance!

Not drinking enough water. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated. Being dehydrated makes us feel tired and hungry, which is a dangerous combination when it comes to making the right food choices.

Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, as other beverages won’t hydrate you as well if at all- not to mention they’re full of calories.

Rewarding exercise with food. Exercise alone cannot sustain weight loss because it burns only a handful of calories. The next time you finish a good run, don’t reach for a doughnut- there’s a good chance you didn’t burn enough calories to cancel out what you’d be putting in.

Cleaning your plate. If you feel guilty leaving food on your plate, then you need to start taking smaller portions. What’s more, you should be letting your stomach decide when you’re full- not your eyes.

Not sleeping enough. When we don’t get enough sleep, we make it harder for our body to metabolise carbohydrates. This in turn causes our blood sugar levels and insulin to rise. When produced in excess, insulin encourages the body to store more fat.

Being tired also keeps us from making good food choices because we are more likely to reach for something sugary to give us a quick spike of energy.

Not managing stress well. When you’re stressed, your body releases cortisol. Excessive amounts of cortisol stimulate glucose production, and unused glucose becomes fat.

If this is a problem for you, you need to discover how to better manage your stress, or else cut out all of the stress in your life that you reasonably can.

Drinking too much alcohol. On top of the fact that alcohol is loaded with calories, it can also make us hungry because it lowers blood sugar levels. It also dehydrates the body which, as we already mentioned, can make you feel hungry as well.

Eating out a lot. If you find yourself swinging through the drive-thru every time you run errands, start keeping healthy snacks in the car.

Eating at sit-down restaurants on a regular basis can also sabotage your weight loss efforts because portions are usually large and food is typically designed to be more tasty than healthy. After all, who actually chooses what’s on the low-calorie menu?

Choosing convenience over activity. This pertains to how much you get your body moving during the day. Do you park near the entrance of a store or across the lot? Do you wash your car by hand or drive it through an automatic car wash?

Little things like doing the dishes by hand, taking the stairs instead of the escalator, and biking to the post office instead of driving might seem insignificant, but they do add up. Remember that fitness is a lifestyle choice- not a temporary solution.

Other bad habits we’re all familiar with include emotional eating, choosing prepackaged foods over actually cooking our meals, and grazing on snacks throughout the day. We need to start actively thinking about the choices we repeatedly make on a day basis and work to replace them with better ones.

If you can’t seem to drag yourself to the gym early in the morning, see if you can’t rearrange your schedule to accommodate that gym time later in the day. If you absolutely need dessert after dinner, try a healthier but equally delicious alternative like fresh berries dipped in low-calorie vanilla pudding.

To replace a bad habit with a good one, analyse what really matters to you most- losing weight or splurging on sweets- and realise that your long-term goals matter more to your physical and mental well-being than immediate payoffs. Stop making excuses.

Small Steps to Victory

Some people find it easy to make many changes to their lifestyles all at once in order to achieve weight loss. The rest of us need to take baby steps. In Japan, the word “kaizen” refers to the process of continuous improvement.

For most of us, self-improvement is a journey that requires several changes over a long period of time. It’s much easier to make changes in small increments because this way, we’re more likely to make habits out of them (remember how we said it takes 21 days to start a new habit?)

Likewise, if you’ve never jogged a day in your life, you can’t expect to jump on a treadmill and run an entire mile. It’s all about having realistic expectations and planning accordingly. If you love eating sugary foods, you can’t expect to completely omit them from your life.

It’s the same concept as quitting smoking- you need to wean your mind and body off of the habit gradually. As we mentioned in chapter 1, an all-or-nothing attitude is counterproductive to your weight loss efforts.

If you overwork yourself, you risk demotivating yourself and possibly even hurting your body.

Let’s take a look at a few examples of how we can practice the Japanese concept of kaizen in our weight loss efforts.

Goal: Run for 30 minutes every other day.

1) If you don’t usually run during your workout routine, you’ll need to start with walking. Walking is an efficient form of exercise provided you can keep your heart rate up, so don’t think that walking is any less of a workout than running (especially if that’s all you can do). Go for a 30-minute walk at the same time you plan to eventually start running.

2) Once you’ve become comfortable with walking for 30 minutes at a time, start jogging a few times during every walk. Start with a slow jog. Eventually, you will be able to jog the entire 30 minutes.

3) Now you can start running. Remember to take it easy when you need to- there’s no need to compete with the person on the treadmill next to you!

Goal: Eat the recommended serving amount of produce.

1) Start replacing your sugary snacks with an apple.

2) Try replacing your morning bowl of cereal with a fruit smoothie. Feel free to sneak a couple of baby carrots in there (you won’t even taste them!)

3) Include a side salad with your main course every night for dinner.

4) Replace the iceburg lettuce on your lunchtime sub with baby spinach. Also consider adding tomato, onions, and/or green peppers. You might even replace the mayo with an avocado spread.

5) Continue to make small and realistic changes to your diet one at a time until you’ve met your goal. Be sure to incorporate healthy foods that you truly enjoy. If you hate vegetables, experiment with seasonings and sauces.

Just remember that a colourful salad with a whole cup of dressing heaped on top won’t do much for your weight loss efforts!

As much as you want to meet your weight loss goal as quickly as possible, you’re going to have to slow down and make small changes to see real progress.

There’s no such thing as quick-fixes in the weight loss industry, no matter what the TV commercials tell you.

This is a reason to celebrate, though- by taking it slow, you learn how to make healthy decisions rather than ones that have hidden costs, and you’ll form habits that will stick with you all of your life.

Living well doesn’t have to be a chore. Just slow down and take the time to make healthy decisions that you truly enjoy.


If you’re struggling with weight loss because you lack willpower, then you probably need an accountability partner. You need a family member, friend or weight loss coach with whom you can share your goals and progress on a regular basis.

It takes a special person to be someone’s accountability partner because his or her duty is to facilitate your weight loss journey. When choosing a weight loss accountability partner, he or she should be:

Someone you can trust. By sharing your successes and failures with someone, you’ll experience motivation and the desire to commit to your goals. However, everyone else knowing about how you ate through a whole plate of brownies on a lonely Saturday night is another story. Choose an accountability partner that isn’t likely to gossip about you.

Someone who truly cares about your mission. You want to find a partner who can empathise with your goals and who wants you to succeed.

This person needs to be an encourager- not someone who will flake out on you, who makes jokes at your expense, who criticises your dreams, or who talks about your goals in a way that suggests that he or she doubts your potential.

Someone who will work out with you. A good workout buddy is hard to find, but having a companion to drag you to the gym every other day will certainly bring you one step closer to losing weight.

Someone with whom you feel comfortable talking about your failures. It won’t do you any good to have an accountability partner if you can’t be honest with him or her. How else will your partner know how to encourage and motivate you?

Someone who won’t sabotage your efforts. It’s fantastic if your best friend has the same weight loss goals as you do, but if he or she pressures you to fall back on your efforts then it might be time to find a new accountability partner. You want someone who will talk you into keeping that 5 AM gym commitment- not someone who would rather hit the snooze button for you.

Someone who will be honest with you. You don’t want a partner who will punish you for every little mistake, but you do want someone who will tell it like it is. This goes hand in hand with the concept of finding someone who cares.

You want a partner who will remind you that you had a few too many brownies last Saturday and although one mistake will not ruin your efforts, making a habit out of it will.

When all else fails and you simply can’t find the accountability partner you’re looking for, consider joining an online support group.

You’ll be able to connect with people who share the same weight loss goals and you will be able to track your progress. Some support groups even offer challenges and prizes for participants who meet their goals on time!

Your progress doesn’t have to nosedive just because your last accountability partner flaked out on you. Just continue looking for that special someone and in the meantime, keep your eyes on the prize!

Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself

( stop black-and-white thinking and trying to be perfect)

When you slip up for the first time while trying a new diet and exercise regimen, are you quick to bounce back or do you get really down on yourself for failing? As human beings, we are so quick to acknowledge our shortcomings but slow to acknowledge when we succeed.

Sometimes it’s so easy to become blind to all of our progress after just one mistake. What’s more, we often intentionally punish ourselves for our lack of willpower by overexercising or eating less.

This is especially dangerous for all-or-nothing thinkers, who typically give up because they don’t have “perfect” willpower.

So why is it wrong for us to push ourselves even harder after failing? Shouldn’t we work hard for our goals? Yes, we should work hard, but there is a fine line between great work ethic and overdoing it.

The truth of the matter is that pushing yourself and critiquing yourself along the way is only motivating on a short-term basis. Much of the time, the tendency to push oneself comes from the wrong place, whether it be a childhood habit ingrained by parents who pushed for perfect grades, unrealistic expectations, or hurtful comments from other people (who were probably speaking out of insecurity themselves).

Ultimately, even you do succeed at weight loss from pushing yourself, your mental health and self-esteem will continue to suffer and the weight loss probably won’t last.

What’s more, feeling bad about failing to stick to a diet often leads to overeating. This is because a lot of people have the tendency to eat when they are stressed out (there’s a reason mac ‘n cheese is called “comfort food”).

In fact, the whole concept of “dieting” causes about 95% of dieters to experience long-term weight gain because the idea of denying ourselves certain foods makes us want to eat them more. It never occurs to us that giving oneself permission to eat anything leads to less overeating in the long run.

Weight loss is about healthy lifestyle changes, not short-term solutions. Health cannot to be measured by the numbers on your bathroom scale- it is measured by your overall physical and mental well-being.

Fitting into smaller jeans should just be a bonus. If you are trying to lose weight, you cannot expect a generic diet and exercise program to work for you. Everyone needs his or her own personal plan, which is something that cannot be developed by following a schedule made by someone else.

You need to commit to lifestyle changes that are both realistic for you and healthy. If you hate running, then don’t go out at 5 AM for a run every morning. If you love carbohydrates, a low-carbohydrate diet isn’t going to cut it for you.

The reason lifestyle changes work is because they don’t have a set of rules for your rebellious nature to break. With lifestyle changes, you get to maximise the things you truly enjoy doing (and eating).

Let go of the past. Don’t get hung up on negative talk, slip-ups, or what you used to look like- start with the body you have now.

Don’t push yourself to make up for lost time, either. You need to set aside downtime for yourself because your body and mind both require adequate rest for optimum health.

Celebrate your victories and shake off your mistakes. You wouldn’t be this hard on a friend if he or she made a mistake, would you?

Lastly, make a real sign for yourself so that you always remember to treat yourself well. Make a sign that says quite clearly, “Don’t be so hard on yourself!” Write it on your whiteboard, hang it on your fridge, or stick it on your bathroom mirror.

Make your sign attractive and eye-catching. Let this sign be the symbol of your commitment to living a healthier lifestyle and being kind to yourself, because after everything you’ve been through up until now, you deserve it.

How a Weight Loss Coach Can Help You Lose Weight

Having a weight loss coach is a lot easier than flying solo. The weight loss industry provides an overload of information on what works, what doesn’t, and what shortcuts you can take to effectively lose weight.

A weight loss coach can help you sift through all of the mess and find a plan that works for you.

A weight loss coach can be a professional (someone who has been educated), a peer (someone in the same boat as you are), or a mentor (someone who has successfully lost weight).

When searching for a weight loss coach, you need to find someone who is reputable and reliable. You want someone who will be encouraging rather than pushy. You also want someone who emphasises healthy choices for effective results.

Anyone can claim to be a good coach, so do some research before making your decision.

A good weight loss coach will be able to identify the behaviours of individuals who have a normal weight and help you to incorporate those behaviours into your own lifestyle.

He or she will help you to overcome your own misconceptions about diet and exercise and help you to create realistic goals with a personalised plan, not a generic one.

They will have up-to-date information on techniques associated with diet and exercise, not to mention creative and new ideas to help you combat boredom.

A weight loss coach should be able to teach you proper form. He or she will teach you how to identify portions, make food substitutions, and perform exercises properly. Your coach will help keep you accountable and provide reliable feedback on your progress.

The coach will motivate you to stick to your goals and walk you through them step by step.

Ultimately, you want a coach that will facilitate your efforts. This coach will understand the basic principles outlined in this book and help you to make them happen. More importantly, he or she will create a warm and positive environment.

Weight loss shouldn’t be a jail sentence and you shouldn’t feel like a prisoner. Weight loss is a journey- choose a coach that will help you to enjoy the ride.

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Are fruit juices as healthy as is claimed?

Fruit juice contains a range of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre.  Orange juice, in particular, has been shown to increase blood antioxidants and decrease inflammation markers so it could be very good for your health.

Fruit juice has a total sugar content of about 8 grams per 100 milliliters, with about a third coming from sucrose. Grapefruit would generally have a lower total sugar content compared with, say, pineapple juice.  However, liquids are slower to trigger the feeling of fullness compared to foods we chew, making it easier to over-consume kilojoules in liquid form.  So, avoid fruit juices with added sugars; these could have up to double the amount of sucrose.

Fruit juices can contribute towards the recommended two fruits per day but can’t replace them.

Tip : I prefer on my program that you stick to 100% freshly squeezed juice only. 

Weekly Healthy Recipe: Barramundi Steamed on Sweet Potato


200g sweet potato, thinly sliced

2 x 200g barramundi fillets, skin removed and trimmed

50g snow peas

Lime dressing

1/4 cup chopped green onions

2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves

1/3 cup limejuice

1-tablespoon sugar

Sea salt and cracked black pepper


  1. For the dressing, place green onions, coriander, lime juice, sugar, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  2. Place a large saucepan half-filled with water over high heat and bring to the boil. Line one large steamer with non-stick baking paper. Place the sweet potato in the steamer, top with barramundi and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Place the steamer on top of the saucepan and steam for 5-6 minutes.
  3. Add the snow peas and steam for a further 2 minutes or until the barramundi is cooked through. Spoon over dressing to serve.

* Sydney Markets – Serves 2

Weekly Motivational Quote

‘Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart… who looks outside, dreams.  Who looks inside, awakens’ – Carl Gustav Jung

Eat well, live well and stay happy

Junk Food advertising

Junk Food advertising is often blamed for increasing childhood obesity and poor diet, but according to a recent study, parents should also take a good look at how they stock their fridge and cupboards.

Scientists surveyed 878 children about behaviour change and diet and found that children ate more fruit and vegetables if their parents always had a good supply in the house and served them at meals. This research shows that children are influenced by what they see. If parents opt for junk food, children can’t be expected to relish regular helpings of fruit and vegetables.

In Australia, more than a third of children aged four to 11 had not eaten fruit, and more than 20 per cent had not eaten any vegetables, on the day prior to the last National Nutrition Survey.

Tip : Be a great role model for your children… encourage your children to eat fruit and vegetables everyday!

Weekly Healthy Recipe: Asian-style fish


6 x 200g swordfish steaks

300g fresh oyster mushrooms

2 tblsps olive oil

1/3 cup of coarsely chopped coriander

salt & pepper to taste

1 bunch choy sum coarsely chopped

1 bunch baby bok choy coarsely chopped

Oyster Sauce:

1/2 cup oyster sauce

1/2 cup water

1 tablespoon sesame oil


  1. Toss fish, oyster mushrooms, olive oil and coriander together in a large bowl.
  2. Cook fish and oyster mushrooms on a heated, oiled grill pan or barbecue hotplate, until tender.  Transfer fish and mushrooms to a plate and cover to keep warm.
  3. Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil. Add the thick ends of the choy sum and boil for 1 minute. Add remaining vegetables and cook for 30 seconds. Drain well.
  4. To make oyster sauce, combine vegetables in a saucepan. Bring to the boil and the remove from heat.  Serve fish on vegetables and drizzle with oyster sauce.

* Sydney Markets – Serves 4

Weekly Motivational Quote

‘Humans and domestic pets are the only creatures on earth who don’t have to move to eat. We just sit there and get fed.’

Dr. John Tickell’s

Eat well, live well and stay happy

Weight Loss Myth

While I was pottering around in the kitchen last night getting dinner ready “Today Tonight” on Channel 7 catches my attention as they present an item on how you can lose weight by putting a patch on your arm.

After watching this drivel, suddenly “I am motivated”, motivated to put pen to paper to tell them just what I think.  That salesman flogging these patches looks down the camera lens with all the sincerity he can muster (that of rat with gold tooth) will tell us how… by putting a patch on our arm we can all lose weight!

My first thought (albeit unkind) was “dear man why do you not try your product yourself, it was obvious to anybody looking, that this man has an unhealthy BMI.

If I could speak to this man flogging his patches, I would say to him weight loss is not just about money.  In fact, you cannot buy weight loss, if it were that simple 60% of the Australian population would not be obese.

The truth is, you could put a patch on your arm, you could put the Queen’s Coronation Crown on your head, you could swallow a pill, drink a potion, but you will not lose weight unless you’re prepared to change your lifestyle.

Indeed you could put a diamond-coated patch on your arm and the crown of England on your head and it will not help you if you eat like a pig and do not exercise.

I find it frustrating that TV topical current affairs programs night after night propagate the myth of easy do nothing weight loss programs by giving airtime to such money-grabbing individuals that are prepared to exploit the lives of some people.

The ironical thing about losing weight is that probably 90% of the population know what is required; we just don’t practice what we know very well.

Weight loss is as simple as looking at the cause, looking at the cure, and changing our priorities.  Even though most people know what to do, the reason we “You are what you eat” have a business is that many people need just a little help, patience, guidance, understanding, motivation and empathy.

Weekly Motivational Quote

‘Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared.’  

– Buddha quotes

Yours in health

DSI Mono Evolver Desktop Review

Dave Smith Instruments Mono Evolver Desktop

This was my first proper hardware synth.

Here is a little soundscape I made with the Evolver back in the day

I bought it second hand off Ebay and have since sold it. It was like my first car, I was so excited to finally receive it. Loved the colour the form factor and the sound of it. Most people do not like the filter sound of it or the matrix layout of its interface but none of that bothered me at the time.

The biggest problem I had with it was the buttons. Some of them were a bit hit and miss. I sent a support ticket into Dave Smith Instruments. I have got to say everytime I have delt with them I have been highly impressed by how quick they reply. This is what they wrote back to me.

“Congratulations on your Evolver desktop acquisition. I’m sorry to hear you’re having a problem with it. For the buttons sticking, they are self cleaning buttons and can usually be cleared up by pressing them 50-100 times with a fair amount of force. You can also visually check out the buttons to see if there is anything out of the ordinary. Try this and let me know how it goes.”

I got to say that surprisingly this did work for a while but they were never 100%.

Before getting the synth I was looking forward to the inbuilt sequencer however after messing around with it for a little while and getting use to it I got tired of it and ended up plugging in my Midi Controller keyboard and using it like a sound module.

The best Youtube video out there in my opinion on the Evolver is this one here which shows great use of the inbuilt sequencer.

The sequencer can be used as a modulation source as well. A well written Guide to read is the following


The Evolver comes with 4 oscillators 2 analog 2 digital which some call a hybrid synth. I first was all about the analog side however as time went on I seemed to enjoy the digital side of the synth. You can get some real wicked sounds with the feedback knobs or distortion.

It was lots of fun to get experimental with this synth however I could get some sweet sounding leads going with it especially if you add some external delay and reverb. At the time I couldn’t get real good bass out of it I don’t know if that was just my inexperience with synths at the time or if it really isn’t built for bass anyway.

A great thing with the Evolver is that you can run external sounds through its analog filters as it has stereo inputs. If you can find a reasonable priced desktop unit this could be a cheap way to get an external analog filter box to warm up all your digital sounds. Some external filter boxes are more expensive than it plus you get a great sounding synth to go with it.

Unfortunately it does not come with headphone input as it would have been nice to jam out with it on the lounge.

Most of the presets included with the synth are pretty out there and I found most of them unusable. The clipping was pretty bad on most of the presets that seemed to run too hot for me.

Overall I would definitely recommend this synth if you can find one at a good price. As a first hardware like it was mine I am not so sure as it took a while to get my head around the sequencer.

The Real Lowdown

I find buying older synths hit and miss. If my Evolver was bought brand new I would of kept it if all the buttons were working 100%. I liked the form factor, it didn’t take up too much space. It was fun getting experimental with it for a while and sounded awesome as a straight up lead sound with external delay and reverb.

Using it as an external filter sounds like a good idea but in reality I didn’t have much gear to hook up at the time and I am a lazy one and hate dealing with cables at the best of time. I suppose I could of ran my software synths out through the audio interface through the Evolvers filters and back into the DAW to record however my interface did not seem to be set up for that at the time.

The Dave Smith Instruments presets included with this synth are really horrible in my opinion