|Synth Site: Roland: AX-1 master keyboard: User reviews Add review|
|Average rating: 4.4 out of 5|
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|M.bailey a part-time user from usa writes:|
I dig the thing. I got tired of being "in the back ground" and picked an AX-1 up to be out front. As a result, I've picked up more gigs - being out front helps; people see who you are. It's fairly easy to use too. Now when I get to get my groove on, I can be center stage - you can't fake the funk with this thing. Who ever is, is fooling themselves.
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-22-2000 at 12:04|
|dougieb a professional user from Las Vegas, NV writes:|
At 3.5 pounds and with bank select, the AX-1 is easily the most functional and usable strap-on controller ever made.
I have 2 (black and red). Both are fully wireless with custom internal transmitters (no belt packs) and they are the only axe I've really played on stage for the last 5 years.
If you can find one, they are a jewel! However if you are like "Bazz" (see other post) and are mainly miming to sequences, it's probably a good way to get exposed as a fraud... on the same token if you are a player to be dealt with, this will also make itself apparent!
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-27-2000 at 02:17|
|Noel Melanio a professional user from United States writes:|
To all who are waiting for and looking for their own AX-1's. . . HA HA HA:) I have one and you don't! It's an awesome piece of gear, despite the manual (it's really not that bad.)
|Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-16-2000 at 01:36|
|Jon Kubis a professional user from Southern California, USA writes:|
What a killer axe! Here's what you need to know about getting one:
The manual sucks. It's arranged in the 6-languages per page style (each in a different column). I got so upset that I xeroxed only the English columns into 1 English manual.
When you start programming it, yes, it is as difficult as it sounds, although you get used to it after the first hour. There's no display, just lots of little lights, so if you goof up, you don't know your mistake until you play it.
If you are seriously going to use it with your live rig, if your live rig already has a controller keyboard and sound modules, chances are you're going to need a midi merge box. I did. Midi Solutions makes them.
All that aside, this is my favorite keyboard controller. It's zone split flexibility is wonderful, and you just gotta love the control ribbon.
I use it in my rig with a breath controller, a custom made cable which carries the MIDI and the power signal to the AX-1 (no batteries!) and I have a MIDI event processor in my rack which handles all the splitting, etc, that the AX-1 doesn't (which is not very much... the AX-1 is incredibly flexible).
If you want freedom from that double tiered keyboard rig, or want to be able to hang out on the dance floor like the guitar player..the AX-1 is for you... now if Roland only had a cheap wireless MIDI solution..... =)
|Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-13-1999 at 17:47|
|jeff a professional user from usa writes:|
i bought my ax-1 new in 1993. it has basically given me the freedom to front a band and play keyboards without hiding behind a rack. i am completely free to roam as far as my midi cable lets me. the manual takes a little getting used to, but eventually is a breeze (alot of number codes and stuff...) i own two and can tell you that it is a bit difficult to fix these guys so, if beer gets spilled on your ax-1 6-7 nights a week like mine, have it cleaned regularly and you should be happy.
|Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-19-1998 at 03:49|
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