Synth Site: Quasimidi: 309 Raveolution: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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DJ DANO a hobbyist user from San Diego writes:
A very awesome unit. I wish it had more outs, even with the I/O expander. It is still way better than the latest cheezy Roland rave-in-a-box groove line. The sounds are much harder and thicker. And it looks cooler, too.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:04
Transitor 7 a hobbyist user from The Nettherlands writes:
Wow, the 309 really shocked me when I first heard the machine. But now, 1 year after I bought it, I think the effects are not really good, and when you turn the modulation knob totally clock wise, the end of a sound is ugly But that are the only bad things A really good synth after all!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:04
DARREN ASTERIOD a professional user from USA writes:
My first impressions of this unit where of pure awe. This units got sex appeal. What that means to me is that it's inspiring to the point of obsession. After extended periods of hearing it though, I became more aware of it's less desirable traits. This is an instrument that will transport you to worlds that are familiar to most of us. The sounds have been established as the norm for the 90's, so to speak. That's not so bad for now but I wonder how it's synthesizer section is going to hold up after the turn of the century. Unfortunately, this unit doesn't cut it in the bass and lead departments. It's got a motionless, thin quality that becomes disinteresting with time. Don't get me wrong, I love the instrument as a whole, and I give it high marks as a live performance device. The front panel layout invites you to be spontaneous and intuitive. You can really go forever on it. But the synth? Go check out an instrument like the Access Virus. It's a table top unit, like the Rave, but devoted to emulating sound of the well known analog monsters. I don't meen just the Mini, JP8, Prophet, and OB8. We're talking modular patchable systems like the Arps and Roland systems, at a price that's about the same as the 309. The drums on the 309 are excellent. You would be hard pressed to find a better source for electronic type drums than this, with the subjective possibility of perhaps the Jomox XBase-09. To me, the 309 is a great analog drum machine. If you sync it up to some samplers, and an analog style sequencer like the Doepfer Regalwerk driving a more powerful virtual synth, then you have the power to withstand the ever changing musical climates of today. By itself? I'd give it another few years before it starts to sound dated. Not because it's emulating the 303, 808, and 909. But because it doesn't give us anything incredibly new to hear. It's just a blast to play, because it's beautifuly interactive. Have fun with yours.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:04
jonah dempcy (revolution void) a professional user from seattle, washington - usa writes:
i think it's pretty good. i got mine a few months ago and i have to say that i've used it extensively in both recorded performance and live performance. but it really lends itself to live performance. it's easy to use and you can change patterns quickly, and the built-in fx are nice too. kind of like a pre-packaged rave-o-matic. but yeah, i think it's good. so i guess that's it. check out my group's web page, www.speakeasy.org/~jdempcy thanks, -jonah

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:04
sean a hobbyist user from seattle USA writes:
The 309 is THE box for jamming! This box is built to play with - it is totally fun! Comparisons to Roland's MC-303 are obvious, but these two boxes are practically nothing alike. Both are &quot;composer-type&quot; boxes, but I look at the Roland box as more formal and refined, where the 309 just takes sound to the edge - the instrument sounds are LOUD and AGRESSIVE! I actually think that the 309 goes very well alongside the MC-303. The 309 has great drum sounds! Very good bass sounds as well. There are 5 synth sections on the 309 unit - one for kick, one for snare, one for hihat, one for percussion and the largest one for bass. All instruments are fully tweakable live. There are 3 effects banks built-in and you can use all of them at one time. Like most modern boxes, learning to program the 309 can be frustrating, and the manual is sparse with extensive explanations as it is the smallest manual I've ever seen come with a box like this. That should tell you - just play with it!!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:04
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