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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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S. Mocknick from U.S.A. writes:
I use my AX1 on stage just for concert type shows where I have enough room to get out there with the rest of the band and I love it. One question though. . . how do I make it wireless so that I can really get out there with the audience. John Tesh used an AX1 on his Avalon concert wireless, I E-mailed him about 5 times to find out how he did it but as of yet he has still not replied.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-05-2001 at 00:15
Randell Briggs a professional user from Ca. writes:
OK, Here it is...I work as a single act board player. The AX-1 is a great AXE to bring me to the audience. I use it with my Triton sampler on guitar riffs. (This pisses off the Guitar players, but then again, they had a GUIT-ORGAN yrs ago) .The AX-1 is comfy to use with any style of music.Blues & Rock solos feel so good once U have mastered the "neck" Controls. Roland should keep this product in the "world" because the AX-1 has defined itself as a unique AXE for board players.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-14-2001 at 12:05
"Quick" a part-time user from Raleigh NC writes:
All I have to say is I love the AX-1. I had one a few years ago and I got cocky and sold it, now I want anotherone and they don't sell them here anymore. I will buy anyone who has one to sell...."q"

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-26-2001 at 09:19
Cap'n Gadget a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Well, I have to agree with the others that the manual is a little on the "terse" side...newcomers to MIDI would be absolutely bewildered, even with the little "MIDI Guidebook" pamphlet that comes with it. Knowing the concepts of "LSB and MSB" will make a big difference. You can get alot of info (I got about 10 pages worth) from the Roland site if you look in their "Product Information Archive" under AX-1 AND the A-30 keyboard controller which is programmed in exactly the same fashion.

Keyboard action is okay and once you understand how it wants to be programmed its relatively easy to split the keyboard...I wouldn't want to do it in a hurry though (like onstage between songs)! By the way..for those complaining that the MIDI plug falls out, that little plastic dohickey beside the MIDI port is a strain reliever for the MIDI cable (or for an AC supply) - you just wrap it over and under the clampy things..if your cables' too thick it unscrews so you can get the cable under the tines and then clamp it down. At least that's what I hope its for...everything seems to be alright :-) According to the manual it will send key aftertouch messages to those modules which understand them but I haven't tried it yet. The batteries last a long time...my first set went about 25-30 hours. The programming I did continues to stay in memory for the present but I've only had it for about 6 weeks. So far so good. Find it a bit overpriced but priceless in fun value...you can get up and MOVE with it - wanna-be guitarists can find a good patch and rock with it using the mod-bar and the ribbon controller. Watch out tho' your left hands gonna get even more lazy while your right plays those leads and bass lines:-)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-02-2001 at 23:23
U a part-time user from USA...I think writes:
I can't comment on programming the presets because I haven't tried that yet, but I can on other aspects. Firstly, the ax isn't all too durable...just plastic. I may need to buy a backup red for my black one (just some gloating). If it was metal, though, I bet it wouldn't be as light-weight. Secondly, I love the keyboard. The keys are just the right size for me, the action is great, not too springy or stiff. Next, it's difficult to achieve an in-between modulation from the mod lever. It seems to be all or none. I still love it, along with the adjacent pitch ribbon, which allows for quick changes in pitch impossible with a regular wheel. Obviously the portability is a key; throw in some batteries, attach a 20-foot midi cable and you're ready for battle. The ability to split the keyboard is also a definite plus if you run several modules.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-17-2000 at 01:01
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