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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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supernubey a professional user from usa writes:
You must have the V1 drum station, as my Orange faced one with the improved power supply sounds pretty damn close to both my TR808/TR909. I'd say about 98% accurate. I've A/B'ed them and frankly I'd be hard pressed to tell the difference. The actual 808 is a minutely fatter sounding (which generally hogs/clouds a mix anyway) but the 909 is spot on.

-Nubey

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 12:28
sjmojo a professional user writes:
i bought this for $200 in 98.great 909 kick w/ distortion,okay snare but not enough snappy,okay hihats but not enough metallic feel but has the good point to tweak it realtime and record it thru midi both(only better point than the real things i think) but this is still a good rack,808 kits doesn't come close to the real 808 touch and feel and punch,no matter the kick,snare,cowbell,claps...sorry to say the fact. but for $200,for only the 909 kick is good. weng weng: if u can get one at $200 buy it,otherwise,the jomox xbase is more better,it'll kiss your headphones,'coz i killed mine.damn.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 12:08
Rob a professional user writes:
Modulator, try again.. ALL the 808/909 sounds are available at the same time, just not tweekable from the front panel. octave up and down with your midi keyboard and you will find them.

Reading the manual helps too, unless you have an older manual.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-22-2001 at 12:03
Daladidoo a hobbyist user from France writes:
I don't own one yet but I need some advice first. Actually I need a REAL drum machine with an internal sequencer. My idea was to use the drumstation with my MC505. That way, I could trigger the drumstation via the 505 chicklets and program patterns. Did anybody try that?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-11-2001 at 03:18
James Meeker a part-time user from Toledo, Ohio writes:
I rate the Drumstation HIGHER than I would a real 909/808 because it is more space efficient, more reliable (face it, the 909's and 808's are getting old and some of the IC's are dying in them due to age), automatically MIDI'd, the ability to save 40 custom kits and sounds so close that it is pretty much the same beast. Plus, it's not nearly as expensive.

If you like analog drums this is the second best rack unit you could get--the number one analog beat machine, in my opinon, is the Jomox Airbase--but you'll pay dearly for the Jomox. Myself, I'm going to have both.

I like this unit so much, I'm contemplating selling my 808/909 cards for my R8! I haven't touched them since I got the Drumstation.

If you are into MIDI, the 40 kit presets are a godsend--why tweak when you can simply send a patch change to add the distorted kick drum? Excellent!

My biggest gripe is the crappy power supply they give you (replace it) and the lack of an "on-off" switch. What's with manufacturers nowadays being so darn cheap? How much can a simple switch cost... jesus, I'll pay the extra buck for it, just gimme' the friggin' on-off switch you cheap bastards!

In short, this is a good unit to have around the house. Make sure to fill out your warranty card because Novation isn't necessarily known to be the most reliable of manufacturers. However, when it works (and mine does), it is simply excellent!

JKM

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-09-2001 at 02:29
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