We like Dave Smith Instruments. A lot.
The arrival of the Tetra to their already fairly expansive range of synths has only cemented our opinion that this company (and, specifically, the man at the helm) make some of the most exciting and down-right affordable synthesisers around right now. The Tetra offers four voice polyphony and is, in the words of the big-man himself, a "mini-Prophet '08", which is outstanding considering the price. The sound is predictably rich, deep and full of the character you'd expect from a fully analogue DSI synth. However, the best thing about this synth (in our humble opinion) is its' astonishing versatility and expandability. Thanks to the different 'modes' on offer the Tetra can be used as a powerful polysynth, a four output, multi-timbral monosynth, a 'modular style' poly, an absolutely colossal unsion voice polysynth or by chaining it with other Tetras, a Mopho or Prophet '08 you can use it as an expander to create up to a whopping 16-voice poly! Seriously, take our advice and get your hands on a Tetra!