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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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EQ a part-time user from Canada writes:
I just got this last weekend, and i must say it got my attention as soon as i bothered to write in my own patterns! It took me all of 5 minutes to learn (without the manual) how to put in fresh killer samples for all 5 sections, and i immediately extended my daisy chain one more step to accomodate it. If nothing else, this machine will make your accompaniement drum tracks come alive, especially if you are a trance producer like myself concetrating more on getting the killer progression. It has already outdone my Korg Electribe (ER-1) on thickness/phatness of drum sounds, as well as synth section. It easily outdoesn my MC505 for navigation of OS, but both boxes have fairly irritating recording modes. At any rate, this box, my electribe, and 505 makes for an ideal rhythm section, while my Korg Triton and I3 field the synth/sample sections perfectly. All i need now is a true analog synth. A likely candidate wold be the Alesis Andromeda coming soon. I have never seen such a beautifully constructed true analog synth since the classics visit my site @ http:seventhsense.xvi.com

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-22-2000 at 00:04
I.L.M.R. a professional user from USA writes:
Here it is, the year 2000 and I still love my 309. 5 separate channels covering kick, snare, HH, percussion, and synth. Add the Audio Expansion unit and you can extend the synth section another channel (double it up) or use the expansion to run an external audio source such as a CD through it and apply the filters to that source (very cool). The kick, snare, HH, and percussion channels have there own independent tone, decay, cutoff, resonance controls while the synth (bass lead) section has the additional glide, ADSR, envolope mode, and accent controls. Each section's sounds can be tweaked using internal parameters and saved - pretty good even tough you can't name these (you have to live with the 309's assigned sound number). Using the 309 as a sound module is fairly easy. Each section gets its own midi channel based on the global channel set in the unit. Say the glocal is channel 1, then the kick, snare, HH, percussion and synth would be channels 1,2,3,4,5 respectively. If the global is set to channel 2, then they would be 2,3,4,5,6. The audio expansion adds another channel.

Programming is easy using the drumgrid. Each section can have it's own number of measures. This is pretty neat. For example, say your snare pattern goes 2 measures before repeating, but your HH only needs 1 measure. The HH pattern will repeat for the length of the snare pattern. If you didn't want the HH to repeat for the 2nd measure, just expand the HH to 2 measures and leave the 2nd measure empty. You can also record parts in real time if you're good enough. Even if you not, there's a quantize feature to smooth things out along with a groove feature to use in either case. In addition there's a master track that records any knob (continuous controller) movements for any part. Simply press the select button for the desired section and turn the knobs, it will combine this with your patterns (overdub). The syhtn section does not require you to hold down its select button, its the default (as it should be). You can do this far all tracks/sections independently.

Built-in effects include reverb, chorus, flanger, and EQ. There's an OverBlast knob to crank it up and push the bass over the edge also. There's 4 audio outs (or 2 stereo) that each part can be assigned to. There's even an jack input for a footswitch!

The 309 will dump sysex, so you can backup your work to a computer. If you set local to off and solo a channel while hooked into a sequencer, you can record that pattern/song into your sequencer. You can also slave or master to your sequencer.

The 309 DOES sound good and could be used for a variety of genre.

I won't review the sounds in picky/purist detail. That's just plain stupid. While I think 309 holds in own in this regard, I firmly believe that anyone with some talent and imagination can make something good regardless of the sound. Hell, there's plenty of good (and affordable) outboard gear to suplement your sound if you need too.

The manual sucks but the unit is intuitive enough to overcome that shortcoming on Quasimidi's part.

I give this unit 5 out of 5 for being a complete package loaded with applaudible features along with solid workmanship and design!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-11-2000 at 01:56
DeadZone from Studio writes:
I have 2nd hand rave with audio+drum -expansion. I have ever owned machine which can handle electronic drum -beats like this. Only touch to drummachines were yeeeears ago when I had TR-707. After that I used samplers for drums and loops. Loops are easy and usually sounds cool but that is not creative/fun. I enjoy to make own drum lines + add some tiny loops. I have searched good drums for many years and I hate to make keygroups, sample, fix, trim and so on. Rave was quite cheap, ~550 bucks, with expansions.

What I don't like? Effects are weak, reverb and chorus are usable if not "over used" but flangers and delays are not usable. Im glad I have audio-expansion. Synth section is better I was thought. It is one of the easiest to use -> don't expect nothing ground breaking stuff. It's necessary to turn that 'overblast' -knob to create things fatter(if needed).

For me, replacing this, would cost much more what I invested to it. What I love? Knobs! It's sweet to add some filter to hihats (good for ambient tracks). This machine is just great for HC/trance, but can handle other genres too. Filters are not the best but OK for the this price machine (no comparison to my Pulse/AN1x).

Remember when you are going to buy some stuff, think which is your music style and what is your need. Don't buy this cause it has monophonic VA synth, but good electronic drums!

Why using this for drums, not sampler? Enough good sound and raw material(drum-expansion), knobs, just great control over the MIDI, knobs, usable effects, fast/easy to use. Anyway Im not going to kick sampler away, nobody won't! Im just going to use it less for drums.

These are only my opinions. If I had money I would buy something else + good effect processor, but I don't. Im sure there is really heaters and lovers but It's just what you need and what you do.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-19-2000 at 10:29
kreole a professional user from USA writes:
The 309 is the best! Best sounds, best controllers, best expansion offerings... it just keeps getting better and better! There's so much you can do with this unit. Buy one of these and you'll be very very happy!!! Like ME!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-28-1999 at 12:26
mabrey a professional user from Germany writes:
Simply the BEST drum machine/beat box ever built! Nothing close is to come because its germany!!! We know...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-17-1999 at 23:52
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