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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Jiggawhat a part-time user from USA writes:
The Drumstation is the best 808/909 emulator for the money. PERIOD. It sounds musically identical (sure you could do an a/b with an oscillascope... but do you listen to music that way?) to the originals.

DO NOT BUY THE V1 DRUMSTATION. You'll have to upgrade it anyhow at an average cost of close to $100... unless of course this plus the asking price is less than what you can get a V2 for.

Anyhow.. it's the best... period.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-05-2001 at 04:36
Rox Wondaz a professional user from Detroit Mi writes:
I don't know how anyone can ever say a bad word about this machine. You can get em used anywhere from 4-600 bux, and you get really good 808/909 sounds in 1 box. I've used the 808, and 909, and I loved them.. when I used the drumstation, it felt like deja vu. Even if you don't like to read the manual, this thing is a breeze to operate. Hook up your midi ports to your sequencer, connect the outputs to the mixer, and your done.. ohh, you have to tweek your drums to how you want them to sound, but other than that, your 'basically' set. The drums punch holes in speakers just the like 808/909 do.. what more can you ask for? And considering it's hard to find the old 808/909 for less than $800.00 each, this is a real bargin, especially if you don't care about having the Roland name on your drum machine. ..Rox Wondaz..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-05-2001 at 00:18
X from Z writes:
Drumstation is great. If you want to emulate subtle changes, alla analogue 808 909, then just tweak the tuning and record the c.c. messages. BTW, this thing is all digital and not analogue'cept the distortion. Analogue modeling is like highly detailed sampling of every character distinction of a sound. Some sounds on the drumstation are just regular samples, other's are modelled, yet ALL are basically just samples. This unit should not be toted as an analogue cuz it just ain't at all. I luv it though.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-08-2000 at 02:23
Core Productions a professional user from USA writes:
Oh yea. I use this along side a REAL TR-909, and most sounds that come from this you cannot tell a difference between the two. Some may lack, but SOME EXCEED. Only if it had an onboard vintage 16 step, then it would be really sexy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-01-2000 at 02:09
Bryan a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Wow, just plugged in my new v2 DrumStation last night, and was pleasantly blown away. Admittedly, there are about a million ways to get a very authentic sounding 909 into your music these days, but the DrumStation is one of the few (alongside the Jomox goodies, of course) that let you recreate the true analog character of that beast.

Why would you want that? Take Daft Punk's positively seminal album, Homework. There are tracks (and perhaps the whole album, really) made almost exclusively on twisting the knobs of a 909, adjusting the decay of the hats and messing with the tone of the kick. And for some strange reason, it works, and it's brilliant.

There aren't many machines that can offer you this flexibility these days. The DrumStation, the Jomoxes, and maybe the ER1 fit the bill (though I found the ER1's sound to be a little too chintzy for my tastes). On price/performance, the DrumStation was an easy choice.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-18-2000 at 20:30
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