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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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a student a part-time user from LA, USA writes:
Wow, is that manual TERRIBLE! Who cares about the format -- the information is just barely there. Written by engineers for other people working on the project.

Other than that: Fun. Effective. Durable. It's a Roland for chrissakes! This thing, if you want a key-tar, will be everything you hope for. I'd say about a 10 hour learning curve though, which is a little much for someone experienced in MIDI.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-07-2000 at 03:23
accelra a professional user from uk writes:
I bought mine for the fact I can stand there in front of a crowd and smash out a bloody evil sub bass line then just kick in with Ring-mod and distortion and bring down the place with pure evil noise.

But then again I do think its a lot more fun to play live when people know your jumping around like a goon with it. Me and 2 friends produce stuff close to U-ziq/ Aphex Twin and so it's cool to let them handle effects/sequencing and keyboards while I jump around and feel like I was in Duran Duran with my red keyboard. Nice Roland, good Roland, make me a gold ax-1 please.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-11-2000 at 17:12
Clive Raymond a professional user from Wales writes:
I've had the AX-1 for about two years now. Great instrument to play but every time I've tried to program it things have gone strange. I've ended up shifting the programs around in my module to suit the program changes that the thing sends out.

One tip on batteries. I find using the Duracell ProCell 9V (PP3) batteries is far more reliable than using the AA ones. You just disconnect the battery pack and the connector is there. On top of that you can then store two spares in the battery compartment as well in case the unthinkable happens mid gig. Much prefer that to the possibility of using a power supply.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-17-2000 at 18:57
Chuck a professional user from North Florida, USA writes:
I agree with Doug from Las Vegas. Wonderful addition to your lineup. I also have 2 (both black). In addition, I have a Lync (Jan Hammer edition). I find that the Rolands are much more user friendly, and easier to program.

On stage, my gear consists of 2 XP-50's, an XP-80, JV-80, D-50, U-110, several older analog synths, and a B-3. I have all the Roland gear connected with your basic midi cables, and have each assigned to receive on a different channel. (AX hooks to the XP-80, thru to XP-50, thru to XP-50, thru to JV, etc, etc).

Unlike Bazz (see other post), most performers enjoy, and want to interact with the other member of the show and with the audience. The AX with the wireless setup allows me to leave the stage and work the crowd for interaction, making them feel as if they are part of the show, and they leave at the end of the night with the feeling that they have been well entertained.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-16-2000 at 12:40
Karl Seidl a part-time user from USA writes:
Got my AX-1 last week. All I wanted to do was to program my 12 favorite sounds from my EX-10 into the first 12 patches on the AX-1

Forget the book. In order to save the rest of you the frustration, here is how you change the preset patches on the AX-1 to have the sounds you want.

Press PATCH to turn off the patch mode Press PROGRAM CHANGE Enter the number of the sound you want (i.e. 63 check the documentation of synth your using to control the AX-1 to determine the Program Change number of the sound you want) Press ENTER The AX-1 will now be playing this sound. To put it into a preset patch number, Press and hold the WRITE button and press the Patch number you want this sound in. If you wnt/don't want Reverb and/or Chorus after you have done this turn them on or off and then press WRITE adn the Patch number again.

These are the basics. The Roland EX-10 that I am using to control my AX-1 has many variations of each preset sound. I haven't figured out how to get those variations into the AX-1 yet. But when I do I'll update this review.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-31-2000 at 09:48
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