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Last edited by nitro2k01 (Dec 25, 2013 11:39 pm)

Dallas, Texas

So is this mostly for commercially available products such as items one could just buy from a users online shop and larger shopping sites, or can it include products like software and/or firmware that are more of a DIY thing? I'm just trying to gauge how broad the term product is when being use in this context.


Well, the idea is to produce a useful resource for the community. Anything that is actually chip-related is a given. Reviews of different performance gear like stage mixers, studio monitors and audio interfaces would probably be appreciated as well.

As for your question of DIY vs non-DIY, sure DIY is ok, as long as it as a product that is actually being produced/sold regularly and not just a one-off. (In other words, if a person has only produced a single or a couple of items, a review might not be that valuable to the greater public.)

Really, though, let's just go with the flow for now and see what works. I think it's a situation of "you know it when you see it".

Dallas, Texas

So I've taken a little time to comprise a list of ways one might categorize a product review. I tried to cover the main points. Just some things you should think about when writing an informative review. Obviously not limited to this format, but should be of some use to those that want an quick and easy template. (In some of these items there's a bit of crossover like 'midi' has more than one facet, so it's in several sections and 'size' could also be a part of 'portability' or 'aesthetics'. Also, I suppose 'Ergonomics' plays a part in the 'Ease of Use')

Ease of Use

How intuitive is the layout, menu system, user manual, workflow, connection configurations, and other things related to ease of use?


Is the product affordable for the average person? Does the price match it's quality?


Is the product available from more that one distributor? Is it still in production, or only available as a vintage or discontinued product (ebay)


How rugged are the enclosure, knobs, buttons, connectors? will they survive a drop to the ground, or hard wear and tear from gigging/studio use?

Sound Quality

How does the sound compare to other gear? Any notable issues with resolution, noise floor, or distortion?


Is the design aesthetically pleasing to look at? Are there alternate color options? Is it intuitive and comfortable to control/use the product?


How large or small is it? Can you easily fit it in and around your other gear?


Does it require a wall socket for power? Is it small enough to easily transport?


(Batteries, Tapes, Etc.)
Will you have to continually buy batteries or other such consumables to use the product?


(MIDI Clock, DIN Sync, Clock Trigger)
Can you sync the clock with other various types of gear?


(USB Device, MIDI Device, OS X/Win, x86/PPC)
Is it a class compliant USB or MIDI device? If not, what Operating System/Architecture will support it?


(CV Control, MIDI Data)
Are there any options for controlling with your analog gear? Can you control with other midi gear?

Ease of Modification

How easy is it to modify? Can items be purchased such as backlights/buttons/sync kits/etc? Can you potentially create custom mods yourself such as adding functionality to the existing circuit (Korg Monotron, Speak&Spell, Gameboy, etc)

Personal Experiences

This can be about anything you find to be good or bad from the product in your experience owning and using it. Maybe it ruined a gig, or maybe it saved one.

Last edited by TylerBarnes (Dec 26, 2013 12:11 pm)