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Average rating: 4.9 out of 5
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Oliver a professional user from Australia writes:
i have one of these for about 2 years now and i still use it. it sounds good as 303 clone but i use it for normal bass sounds too. nice percussive bass psy sounds are possible with it. i use the filter a lot, it sounds smoother then vst's. i got it for AU$130 and i am very happy with it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-07-2008 at 06:47
Nick Vizcaino a part-time user from United States writes:
I have to say that this is one hell of a synth for a cheap price. The 383 can make low,percussive and chirpy bass, though not as chirpy as a real 303(who cares because I got it for $150). But its sound still stands up to my modified future retro-777. And it also sounds real nice sequenced from my 777 sending it all the glides and accents. If you own a 777 or revolution I suggest grabbing one of these as the revolution and 777 sequencers will really bring this low price wonder to life. If you find a 383 on ebay or elsewhere buy it without hesitation you wont regret it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-31-2006 at 18:25
David a part-time user from UK writes:
A lot of 303 clones came out in the late 90s. I had a Novation Basstation, which was later sold. I saw the Freebass 383 in a second hand store and picked it up for £80. As far as I can remember the Novation, this seems to have far more gurgle and squelch and much closer to the 303 than anything else I've heard. What's more, rebirth (which sadly doesn't run on Mac OS X) sounds positively flat next to this.

Like many, I've shed a lot of synths in favour of computer power and software tools. The FreeBass is unique hardware that's really worth having in your rack arsenal. They seem to be going for £80 now, but I can see these getting collectable in their own right when word gets out.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-15-2006 at 12:37
manoid a part-time user from scotland writes:
just got one of these of ebay cheap

what can i say! amazing, just gotta hit it with the right type of pattern and youve got a tb right there

fire it thru some distortion and nobody on the dance floor could tell if its real or not, theyll be too busy bumpin an grindin to the fat(free)bass

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-02-2004 at 10:48
LoHr a part-time user from usa writes:
just grabbed 1 of these in near mint condition on ebay for $150. i got the english F.A.T. Freebass FB-383 model (VERY rare in the states), not the american Next! Space Bass version or the german M.A.M. MB-33 version (both being much more common in the usa). i just needed a decent TB-303 cloner and this coppies it enuff 2 keep me happy. the 4 midi dip switches on the back for setting the 16 midi channels can b a real headache without the owners manual tho. but alot of trial and error testing combinations i figured out the channels. also i was impressed with the little auto-slide dealio it has if you have one key onna controller pressed down while pressing another key. pretty cool, makes it sound even more like a real 303.... everybody talks about how alot of modern synths have 303-ish sounds, but the closest to the real thing without actually getting the real thing is a dedicated 303 clone like this (i had a syntecno teebee also and in coparison to that i think the syntechno is a little bit closer 2 a TB, but syntecno's are about $200 more..). so a very reasonable 303 coppy for $150 (rather than $800+ for an original) imma happy camper! =)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-28-2003 at 17:52
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