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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Beej Bishop a professional user from USA writes:
The SD1 is a mainstay for our act. Great sounds and no problems since I upgraded to a new motherboard, a 4.0. and extra memory. It was a little tricky syncing to another sequencer to roll over midis from a computer but toughing it out for a week I learned, ignoring directions somewhat. I recently purchased

another one used that had just had the upgrade for a backup. When I compared it to a new friends roland synth after 7 years it still blows away the competition. You gotta love four outputs, panning bass to a bass amp, Keys stereo, and a hi hat clic to a drummer. For a four eyes like myself a large display is necessary. It is nice when it loads and holds a set and a third easily And how lovely to be able to write a decent variety of pedal steels.

Its probably the best buy used on the market, again, if it has been upgraded.

If not you can get stuck&quot; editing data&quot; till hell freezes over. Also, watch surges,

it can speed up and rewrite tempos. 4.999999999

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Paul Sterbentz a part time user from california writes:
Lots of churches use these. Sequencer is intuitive. I've let sequences fly at

live performances with no glitches. Slight buzz on piano decay but it's still

the best piano for the money!

Lots of programing depth. You'll never get to the end.

Avoid VFX models since they have a split circuit board that

bends in the middle after sitting on stand for awhile with unpredicatable

sonic results and frequent operating system re-initiations.

This unit is a winner at used price of ~$700 American.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
kevin kowal a hobbyist user from anchorage, alaska writes:
I feel the SD-1 is the last of its kind with regard to an all-in-one, very easy

to use, excellent sound quality machine. For someone that just enjoys rich

full stereo instruments and beds, with the simplicity of laying down upto

16 tracks as if you're using a tape machine, nothing comes near the SD-1.

The large, interactive display is what makes this keyboard so fun to use,

and is unlike any other keyboard display past and present. You don't need a

computer with this keyboard--it's already got enough power and capability

on its own. I do agree the you can get lost in the programming parameters,

but for subtle changes to existing patches, it's there if you want it. I have yet

to tap all the creative aspects of this keyboard, and probably never will. As

the heart of my system, I'll never part with this gem until it dies on its own.

You can still get patches from Syntaur, Kid Nepro, and other smaller outfits.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
John J. Byrne a professional user from Phila., PA, USA writes:
The sounds in the SD1 are excellent. The on-board sequencer is great, but takes a little time to master it. I used it mostly for playing out with a band, and then used it as my back-up band while playing a solo act. The drums sound real, the brass is great, and the strings are rich and convincing. I now use it for recording sound tracks for film and video. It is a bit complocated to get it to work with an outside sequencer, and has a &quot;digital hiss.&quot; The hiss can be heard while playing alone, in the headphones or through an amp. When playing out with others it works great, the hiss is too slight to hear. The problem is when a user tries to record with it. It is the worst when recording to DAT, or CD. My opinion is buy it if you're going to play live, and look elsewhere if you're going to record.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
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