We will, however, only entertain serious submissions. That means we expect to see articulate and informed articles based on first hand experience with the instrument you are reviewing. You must be able to write an informative and impartial review and provide as many links & facts about the instrument for us to even consider publishing it to the VSE. We will, of course, do our own due diligence in proof-reading and fact checking all potential submissions before publishing them to the VSE. However, we will give full credit to you as the author of the article on the page if it is added.
You can find the Submission Form here as well as in the Links menu at the top of the forum. Just look for the Add a Review link.
Why are we doing this?
New synthesizers worthy of mention in the VSE seem to be released every day. Combined with all the other synths we would already like to add, we simply can not keep up on our own! Running and maintaining this site can be such a chore that there has been little time to actually add new content to the VSE, creating a huge 'to-do' list. We've made the decision that in order to update and grow the VSE's collection, the time has come to rely on you. If the VSE were a magazine, this is your chance to act as contributing editors and submit your own in-depth reviews and analysis to share with the world.
How will it work?
We've made a simple submission form for you to fill out. Just provide us your written article/review, any tech specs you know about the item, and any links to images, audio, videos, etc. We recommend you write your article and gather your information in a word/text editor of your choice, and when you have it ready, just copy it over to our form and submit it!
Your submissions will be private. They will not be posted in this forum. They will be sent directly to the VSE for review. There is a Submissions Queue where you can see what synths have been submitted to us already. The Queue will also display the status of every submission - whether it has been accepted or rejected by the VSE. So if you plan to send us a review, it's also a good idea to check out the Submission Queue first to make sure somebody else has not already sent us a review of the same item.
Members who get at least 3 of their reviews accepted to the VSE can earn the new special rank of:
What we DO NOT want
Previous experience with submission forms has shown us that they can be more work than help! Form submissions will be immediately rejected if they are used simply to recommend adding an instrument, if information from other sites is copied-pasted in, if they are fairly incomplete or if they do not meet our standards. If you are not able to write a review of a synth and provide some basic specs and links then this is not for you.
However, if you have experience with a synth that is not featured at the VSE and you know you could write a bang up review of it for us then we would be honored to add your review to the VSE collection.
Here is a link to an exemplary instrument review written for us that shows what we are looking for: Example Review
Write a Review • Quick Links:
- Akai Z4, Z8
- Alesis Micron SE
- Cirocco Modular Synthesizers (CMS)
- Club of the Knobs Analog Modular Synths
- Cwejman Modulars
- Korg Wavedrum
- Korg MicroX
- Korg MicroSampler
- Korg T-series
- Korg X50
- MOTM Modular Synthesizer
- Motu MX4
- Motu Mach 5
- NI Kore 2
- NI Maschine
- NI Kontakt 4, Reaktor 5 (updates)
- Novation VStation
- Novation X-Station
- Reason 4 through current update
- Roland AX-Synth
- Roland Fantom series
- Roland RS-5, RS-7, RS-9
- Semtex Modulars
- Spectrasonics Atmosphere, Trilogy and Stylus RMX
- Waldorf Attack
- Waldorf Rack Attack
- Anything else not already in the VSE