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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Charles a part-timer user from USA! writes:
I love this lil' guy. It figures in a number of fave songs of mien, such as the "HAI!" album by Cabaret Voltaire and their song Invocation as well. i am convinced alot of "Soeak & Spell by Depeche Mode was doen on this thing, too.

ANyone have a manual? I'd love to fill in the gaps of my knwoledge on this thing.

Also anyone done any mods to it? Love to find out what else I coudl do.

Bought mine for $95. Worth it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-14-1999 at 14:45
Joseph Lentini a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I love this box. i sure i wouldnt if i would have bought it, but it was a gift. I like the sounds for the cheesyness of them. and all the beats are pretty generic so there really is no nead to make your own. Just lower the cymbals and the tempo and you have a hip-hop beat. I also run mine through an effects system so it ends up sounding pretty phat. I like it alot. its gonna become usefull some time. and i love the sounds. buy one for $5.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-27-1998 at 16:39
Mike a professional user from USA writes:
I agree with Ando...this is what it is...is it an 808 or 909? Nope...but it has a chrachter that is quite its own. As far as programmability goes, true, it is a preset box, but with a little creative effects going, and some fat bass, this thing rocks...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-03-1998 at 13:49
Ando a hobbyist user from Knoxville, TN writes:
Well, its not as bad as the reviewer says... but it is pretty cheezy.

You CAN tweak the sounds - you just have to open it up to do so. There's lots of little pots to twist and turn.

The bass drum on mine is actually a hearty "BUMP" - but then again... when I bought it the bass didn't work, so I opened it up. By randomly shorting stuff I was able find a way to get it going - I think I caused the bass drum oscillator to be routed through the snare drum envelope generator! Because, before I could tweak the snare (white noise, pink noise, attack, decay, etc) but now its always just a strange blast of white noise! (Fine by me!)

Also, contrary to the reviewer's remarks, it will send trigger out on the whole, half, quarter, eighth, or sixteenth note, as well as on the bass drum hit. This can be handy: run it through heavy flange, then trigger the flanger's lfo with the trigger for some wacky fun.

Yes, it swings on the WRONG note! This is also crazy. But if you crank the tempo and the swing, you get this ultra-speed-freak-flam-action, which is also pretty wacky.

No, you can't sync it - so just sample it and go nuts.

To fatten it up, try running it through a resonant filter (Peavey Spectrum will do). Nice wiggy acid sound.

As to what Korg was thinking when they made it: this was one of those 1970's organ-top beat boxes. Think "Rhythm Ace." That should say it all.

P.S. Regardless of its poor quality, this thing IS a collector's item. I've seen people pay upwards of $200 for these things! So if you can get one in good condition for cheap (~$20) consider it an investment. Otherwise, buy it anyway for some ultra-cheesy beats!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-10-1998 at 14:34
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