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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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D. Jones a professional user from Savannah, GA writes:
Have gigged with an a-30 for about five years. Great key action, lightweight, dependable- what more can you ask? I use many different sounds and being able to hit one button for each setup is soooo much easier than trying to scroll down a display. If it dies I would buy it or the updated A-33 tomorrow.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-19-2000 at 01:12
poyo a part-time user from Argentina writes:
I`ve bought an A-30 soon after realeased on early nineties and it`s still my master keyboard. On one side it´s semi weighted keys are hard enough for a piano feel and flexible for furious synth soloing. On the other side its form and weight are much like a synth rather than an 88 heavy weight controller, so you can hang ir from your shoulder and take it on the metro twice a week. I wont sell it, the price I`d get paid for it would only be about 15% of the value of a complex controller like an a80 or a90. Worth the money

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-23-1999 at 16:12
Ambiguous Desire a professional user from US writes:
For a home studio-type controller, it does it's job perfectly. It lends itself to GM nicely (too bad I don't use GM to take advantage of that). I don't really have a need to use the split/zone function, since I use an AKAI S2000 and a YAMAHA AN1X for my live sounds. The A-30 is a sturdy piece of gear that will not die out on you. The action of the keys is semi-weighted, so if you are used to older synths, this is perfect. The only thing I would change is the old wall-wart. Other than that, it's a good buy the price.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-31-1999 at 08:26
Alex Craxton a hobbyist user from UK writes:
The Roland A30 (now surpassed a bit by the A33) has got to be one of the best

home studio keyboards for its money. The key weighting is perfect for both

synth and piano (nice and light not really heavy like most epianos). Personally

I would use a sequencer to do all the splits and patching but thats there if

you need it. The little joystick mod/pitch thing I find much nicer than a

seperate mod and pitch wheel. What you basically have is a solid reliable

midi master keyboard that you will never want to get rid of.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:04
John Maz. a part time user from USA writes:
I've been using the A30 for a year now on gigs.


-nice &amp; velocity sensitive if weighted keys don't matter.

-display is made cheaply (LEDs) but you CAN see them in the sun.

-it keeps chugging along during times when two others have broken down.

-run it with batteries; they last a good long time and you can check them.


-it seems that everyone tries to pack functionality in by being cryptic;

I'd like different button sizes for different functions,

and different size or color LEDs for different indicators.

-I'm using it with a MGS64;sometimes we go to lala-land and I'm not sure why.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:04
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