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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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George a professional user from Hawaii, USA writes:
I play in a Hawaiian/Samoan band with nothing but a 88-key Fatar MIDI master keyboard and this box. No one ever complained that it doesn't sound good. (And it's not for the lack of more expensive gear...) I used to own quite a few Kurzweils (K-2000, K-1200) and samplers before (Emu E-IIIxs, etc...) OK, this box doesn't sound *quite* as good, but it the <$200 category I haven't hear a better unit. Plus, while those expensive things always broke, this one just keeps ticking. I do use its piano sound extensively on some heavy-duty barrelhouse rock-n-roll tunes we play, and everyone loves it. At a million sounds per minute no one ever said they cannot hear the "twang" in the decay. :-)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-18-2000 at 04:29
Lyle Raymond a professional user from USA writes:
Very well suited for live performance, with a comfortable interface - big buttons, etc. The only real hassle (and it's a big one) is that the display is not backlit. The piano sounds OK at home, but on stage is rather cheesy. I use it primarily for its TR808 sounds and for more "live" drum sounds that I use in backup tracks for my MIDI-based variety band. It's also useful with a sequencer/notator as a composer's scratch pad. I sold my Sound Canvas when I bought my Dr. Synth so I could put the difference towards rent, and I only occassionally miss the SC55. Then I think of the RCA outs on the SC, and I'm glad I have the Boss for use on stage.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-12-2000 at 03:39
Andre Bermudez a professional user from Long Island, NY, USA writes:
Dr. Synth is awesome... I love his wide range of quality sounds and slim casing... his rubber buttons really turn me on! He is the main drummer on my band's first cd, although he has since been fired for Mr. Rebirth. My story with the doctor begins in 1997... I was a young lad looking to get into MIDI composition... I had recently acquired a PC with Vision 2.5 and was looking to hone my skills with a versatile general midi synthesizer. I bought him from the keyboardist of my old band for 75 bucks... but he is worth far more.. perhaps even 100 bucks... I have created all types of music with him.. synth rock, techno, experimental, post industrial-super grunge hypo rockin death disco...

Dr Synth is the boss, and I will never sell him for 75 bucks like my friend did.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-25-2000 at 10:49
Dennis Peck a hobbyist user from United states writes:
The DS-330 module has been one of my favorite toys since I bought my first one back about 1994 brand new,(mail order) for $279.00. Recently I picked up a second one, a leftover demo unit for $189.00. I must say it is a whole lot of fun to use two of these together.One can be used in multi mode for general multi-timbral sounds in a sequence, while the second one can be used in single mode and you can tweak the selected patch a lot more extensively in single mode. Or they can both be used in single mode for the editing possibilites.Also both can be used in multi and the second one can be processed while the first one is left alone so you can mix the amount of effects going to your mix in a very controlled manner. As far as the sounds go, a lot of them are quite pleasing, the guitar sounds are not as bad as some have stated, the nylon string guitar is very nice as is the guitar harmonics.One thing that really is much,much fun is to use an arpeggiator with this unit, it can help make a lot of the patches much more realistic. The downside to this unit is that it is almost impossible to figure out the midi implementation even with the owners manual. There appears to be much more tweaking that can be done to the sounds, but not from the front of the unit itself.Also it would be nice if the display was backlit Other than that, I would not part with my units, and would consider another one if it was inexpensive enough.My real rating would be 4.75 out of 5

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-05-2000 at 02:27
Darren Stone a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Great little module. I've had mine for years and whenever I feel like it's time to buy a new module, I just fire up any of the Roland Sound Canvas patch editing software out there and brew up a new, goofy sound. The DS-330 is not a full Sound Canvas or GS implementation, but it's 95% of the way there (for my purposes), so software or patches intended for a Sound Canvas will generally work. The piano sounds are decent. Decent enough that I'll replace my keyboard before I replace my DS-330.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-27-1999 at 03:41
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