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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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djcu a professional user from sydney australia writes:
never had a problem with mine ever , would occasionaly lock up when I first got it but It was due to a loose fitting power supply input , I used sticky tape to secure it into the DS and it has been online for the last 18 months constantly and flawlessly .

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-07-2001 at 21:51
Carl Taylor a part-time user writes:
The 808 & 909 sounds are so good i cant tell the difference + the drums are all maped out to the generall midi standard, so if you use a groovebox to sequence the drums it works a treat since you can use the mute buttons to silence each sound seperatly, it also has on board distortion so it will save you hammering your desk (or maybe not), also its got lots of memories so you can save all your different decay/tunning settings together in one of the programmes.

The only downside is that being made by novation its tends to all go wrong after a while, mine has been back to the factory once, its would freek out at free will and a ring modulated type noise would engulf all the drum sounds (I also know of 2 friends who have had the same problem), also its sometimes decides it only wants to play 1 ASM sound at one time e.g. kick, snare, toms (gotta love it) my new one has not decided to go mad on me yet but give it time, (I own a basstation and thats had it as well) dont now what the reliability is like on the super nova but have have been warned about the drumstation, by all means by one but just dont put a hammer through it when it goes wrong!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-21-2000 at 21:40
Your MUM a part-time user from HER MAJESTYS ENGLAND writes:
Great selection of sounds with good midi contol over the lot. 808,909 new shit it's all here. Unfortunately after having it for well over a year maybe two I can't remember the same Novation problems are popping up, missed notes, scrolling, fucked up shit. Had the same problems with the Bass station rack which has now been rendered.......fucked. It was nice when it lasted................

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-21-2000 at 12:14
PW a professional user from UsA writes:
I really cannot tell the difference in 90% of the sound than the real thing. The bass drums may not be as thick as some of the 808/909's but they can get alot tighter. Who doesnt EQ half the stuff anyway, you can harly tell the difference between the Drumstation snares and the xox snares. Especially when you EQ the shit out of them.

Final Opinion: More portable, sounds good enough. 5/5

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-17-2000 at 13:45
nubey a professional user from usa writes:
Ok here it is folks, I've a/b'ed the drum station vs. a real Roland tr-808 (which I own) and my pals Tr-909.

808: Bass drum is a little thicker sounding but the bass station emulates about %90 accurately, seems just a little drier than the real 808 Most of the other 808 sounds are dead on, some not as immediate as the real 808 but all are almost prefect it's so close you'd be hard pressed to hear the difference, which is really small. Also the drumstation adds tuning to certain sounds that didn't have tuning on the real 808, for example you can tune the cowbell for some whacked out dub sounds.

909: Even closer to the real thing, since the actual 909 used samples for the hats, cymbals, claps etc. only the bass drum/snare/toms were actually analog. Again the real 909 has a thicker sounding bass drum, but the drumstation seems to emulate the 909 bd almost flawlessly better than the 808 bd emulation IMO. You'll lose a little low-end thump but its so minor you probably won't know which is being used, I progammes the same line on my sequencer and my friends 909 for reference started them up in sync and muted them indepedently for a/bing purposes and the drumstation really does sound exactly like a 909 -- it's uncanny and pretty amazing.

In conclusion: I prefer to use the 808 sounds of my real 808, but the drumstation hits the 808 sounds about 90% accurately which is really good considering it's small size, the 909 sounds are so good you be hard pressed to tell them apart from the real thing. All in all a killer rack and definitely anyone making electronic type music with a need for a hard beat this will suit your needs and best of all for 1/4 the price of buying real 808\909's.. I paid about $800 for my 808 and I've seen 909's fetching $1000-1200 on ebay, you can get everything sans the sequencer in a drum station for lesss than $500, you make the call. Not to mention it's all digital and probably won't ever need the regular servicing of am older analog drum machine..

Get one.. 5 marks!


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-17-2000 at 11:26
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