Mininova Exceeded all Expectations
By: Ed Merkel from Rochester NY USA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
While lightweight, it has a very solid feel, is stable on tier two of my keyboard stand and gives the impression it would travel well. At this price point I don't think I'd find better.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
The Arpeggiator is Killer, and the Latch button is a bonus Lay down the Arp line you want, come over it with my other keyboard or with the guitar. Pre-programmed sounds are excellent, and there are enough so I don't have to spend time programming new ones if I don't want to. That's a big benefit. This is my first foray into synth, and I'm very pleased.
Ease of Use
How easy is this product to use? How easy is the product to use with other products? Did it take long for you to learn to use this product? Was the manual helpful? How playable do you consider this product to be?
Set it up on the stand, plugged in the power cord, connected headphones (also works into a small Roland Cube amp until I figure out what kbd amp or PA I want to add), turned it on, and out of the box it's intuitive and unintimidating. That's important for us old-timers out here. I'm recommending it as 'The' toy to add to the collection to all my home musician friends.
How is the tone?
Connected to quality headphones the sound is what I would expect. Crystal clear, well differentiated voicings. If electronics can be said to be 'musical', then the Mininova is musical indeed. Through a small Roland Cube guitar amp connected to the headphone out, it's way more than anticipated. I'll do a follow up once I have a small PA or stereo keyboard amp up in the office/studio room.
Your general opinion of this product.
I'm completely pleased. It arrived well packaged, sooner than anticipated, easy to set up. Clear instructions in the manual. I still have to get on line and register.
Was this item an overall good value?
As a new owner and user of a little over a week, I can't imagine a better value for the money. And part of it, really, is the 'cool' factor with the blue color and the backlit pads. And the free Tee shirt is pure frosting.