Sonic State Studio / Effects Units / ROLAND SRV3030

Average rating: 7.3/10 out of 10

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francesco a part-timer user from Germany writes:
Got my D-model for 299€. Great deal. I'm very satisfied by the reverb quality.

@George: You can do a global 'dry signal off' in the system menue. There is no need to adjust the 'dry level' in every patch.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Friday, 13-Sep-02 at 4:26
Ron a part-timer user from USA writes:
What a killer deal on blowout !! The seperator "thang" is very cool for adding new dimension to your sound and the smartmedia card slot is great too, but be sure to get 5Volt or it wont work. You can usually find them on ebay, just do a search under 4mb-5v. I love Roland reverb!!...but the "Rolandese" manual does suck bad as usual...but who needs the manual.....its a reverb :00

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Sunday, 28-Apr-02 at 22:28
George Carneys a Professional user from USA writes:
I recently picked up a Roland SRV-3030D for $299 brand new (with no tax and free shipping) at The price has dropped to $269.95

The preset sounds are very good, but many of them are not useful. With some tweaking, you can get very good sounds out of it. I could not figure out how to get my SoundDiver software to properly communicate with the unit and to edit the patches.

I like to use the SRV-3030D with Emagic Logic Audio software for recording, and I typed up the presets of the unit to import into banks in the environment. Here is a link to the typed up preset names (for the SRV-3030D or SRV-3030), in case anyone would like to use them:

By using my previously typed up presets listed on the web page (just copy and paste) you won’t have to retype them for whatever software you are using. In other words, you could create a new bank or environment in your digital recording software to change the reverb patches via MIDI for each song you are creating.

The sound quality is excellent, especially since I only use the SPDIF digital input and output. I route the SRV-3030D directly into Logic Audio recording software (by using an audio input), through a MOTU 828 firewire unit (with the SPDIF digital input and output). This configuration works great! I am running the unit at 44.1 Khz very successfully with the digital input and output. One big pitfall to watch out for: Each patch on the SRV-3030D defaults to 50% reverb and 50% dry. You need to adjust the REVERB LEVEL knob on each preset to 100% in order to get the proper sound...

I had one problem with the unit changing patches glacially slowly when controlled through MIDI. I reinitialized the unit and let it rest for a day or so, and it worked just fine after that. The SRV-3030D runs hot, so give it room to breathe in your rack! It feels very dependable, and I just leave it in my home studio in a rack.

I record world music, folk, ethnic and pop. SRV-3030D works great for all these styles - it has a real smooth and silky reverb tail. The value for $299 (or $269) for a brand new unit is incredible.

Enjoy my typed up presets, if you can use them. Best Regards.

Rating: 9 out of 10 posted Monday, 11-Mar-02 at 21:49
goofball a part-timer user from USA writes:
here's a follow-up to my last review of the srv3030, mine just died! I was changing patches on it when it locked up, after waiting several minutes I turned it off and on again and now its OS is gone, replaced by a blank screen upon power-up. [speculation: When a patch is changed it "loads" the new one into memory, it seems the OS is stored on the same chip that the pacthes are saved to! and we all know how fragile flash can be..] Now I know why the price is so low, I'm going to send it back and get a Yamaha or a TC M-One if possible, they may cost a bit more but I will not be dealing with this BS again! My digitech DSP256XL hasn't had a single problem in almost 10 years of use and abuse and this piece of schmitt dies after two months! I want no part of it- a word of warning to any srv users, if the power fails when you are changing patches or it locks up like mine did you will be fu#ked.

Rating: 2 out of 10 posted Friday, 25-May-01 at 1:9
Midi a Professional user from USA writes:
Zzounds has 'B' stock of these for only $169!! With Free shipping!!

Rating: 5 out of 10 posted Wednesday, 25-Apr-01 at 5:50
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