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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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david g. a hobbyist user from swizerland writes:
i dont agree at all with this scent guy, sorry, you are only spreading misinformation. i have a bought a new xbase (not to be confounded with the xbox lol) and i think its a godsend. why did you keep it for 4 years?????? either its faulty or you cant program it proper (i suggest u use a rompler or download some 909 samples....) . or maybe you dont even have one.

this little beast punches so hard that i sometimes dont even need to compress it. the kick is soo pure and punchy. and its steady as hell, there are no volume variations between one kick or another, observe the waveforms and the peak meters in your computer: there are only very slight variations in volume (analogue funkyness).

i also dont agree with those saying the knobs are there for show: hey did you just look at them without turning them???? u need to learn basic terms like "decay", "pulse", "attack", then youll understand how they interact with each other. this could be useful when programming your other synths as well....

the kick is there, definitely, and its not only the x0x kick you hear on every record this side of mars. the snare is a bit more tricky at first, the xsnap can be very loud, but its only a question of how much work you put into it. u can definitely get the 909 one, if its what you want.

believe me: the xbase seems only a drummachine, a simple tool for a simple task, but its an incredibly expressive synth, and it wants you to work with it. try playing around with only the xbase, learn the sequencer (did i mention how cool it is?) tricks, twist those funky knobs, dont simply listen to its sound: FEEL ITS PURITY AND POWER INSIDE YOUR BELLY. this machine is as complex as my prophecy or my microq: ITS A SYNTH, not just a drumbox.

i have decided to found a new religion: THE CULT OF THE XBASE. WORSHIP THE XBASE OR ROT IN SAMPLELAND.

i worship it for sure.

david

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-26-2002 at 05:32
a-J=scent a professional user from England writes:
I have owned a jo mox for 4 years now,I mistakedly thought I was buying a 909 clone..wrong.At first I was anoyed as it really is a poor 909 clone,and i defie anyone to get a normally sound out of the machine,really harsh snappy snares a way too upfrount hat but.....the BASS!!!If you detune the kick it folds into sonics and lows which become one of the strongest bass lines I've ever heard.I used this machine on Love Bytes (End recordings 42b side)and it does create a dark groovy bass.U DEFINATELY NEED TO BACK IT UP WITH A KIK FROM AN ULTERNATIVE SOURCE! no question bout that,I only use it because I can't be bothered to sell it,I love the bass ,nothing at all sounds like it,but whatever u do dont buy it to have a solid drumkit,remember its only 3 note poly,go for a drumstation if u want 909 clone,or if youve got the money get a 909 its only 700 squid ,nothing comes close......

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-29-2001 at 18:56
Klaus Paulsen a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
Banging box! Best buy!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-01-2001 at 10:12
sjmojo a professional user writes:
EXCELLENT KICKS!not too snappy snare tho. i got unstable power supply but later changed another one,totally no problems. i play it along with a tr808,i got both worlds. jomox tech staff is very nice,quick response,kindly,helpful,the best support in the synthworld,forget those emu tech. just can't wait for the new sunsyn. ps.does the new v2.09 os for xbase can be downd from their site? thanks

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-24-2001 at 03:55
oxtragon a hobbyist user writes:
I don´t agree with Rob really. I think the knobs on the XBase has quite an impact on it´s sound. And with the LFO routing possibilities you can extend the sound possibilities far beyond most drummachines. The sequencer is great fun and highly advanced without beeing difficult to manuver. I´ve had a Drumstation and Electribe ER-1 before but this is they way I wan´t it. Much much better bottom, low end and punchy sounds. Won´t replace the 808 in your rig but it´s a great supplement for any experimental electronic musicician out there.

As far as I can tell by the manual the difference between version 1.x and 2.x is that they added three additional sequencer tracks. These have seperate outputs (sends on different MIDI ports) to control three other soundsources. Not bad :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-19-2001 at 11:41
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