Synth Site: Roland: AX-1 master keyboard: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Chris Burk a professional user from Houston texas USA writes:
Ive been wanting a Roland AX-1 for years now, and just the other day, i finally got one! I paid $369.00 plus shipping from Musicians Friend, and I love the portability of it, the long battery life, and the just all out use of it. Some people say the manual is the worst, but all you need is just a little MIDI knowledge and its a piece of cake. I recommend anyone needing a light weight portable master controller to buy a ROland AX-1 or AX-7. The AX-7 is avalible 4-15-02 and includes 128 user patches with 5 controllers including d-beam.

Another note: ive read that the AX-1 can be modified with easy. For example.. Someone i met online added a breath controller in place of the volume potentiometer... of corse, that potentiometer is easily programable to all 128 controllers! actually, it says 129 is for the midi clock and whatever, but im scared to mess with that. ANYWAYS! GOOD BUY!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-16-2002 at 19:41
Roy Bertucci a professional user from USA writes:
The new AX7 (white) looks promising at first. The added programs ability along with the 7 segment LED is nice, but they haven't made some very much needed improvements. I was going to but an AX-7 but the whole frame and Inner circuitry needs a retooling. Move the Connectors, install a sustain pedal jack, and give us a more velocity sensitive keyboard action. A joy stick modulator would be nice, and perhaps a totally new connection interface, (proprietary) that includes power, Midi, and sustain, all in one neatly configured connection. I can then simply deal with the connections on the other end accordingly, and it would improve the Look of the keyboard. Another thing, ROLAND! move that power switch somewhere else, I've slid the AX-1 across my knee countless times and accidentally shut it off, MID SOLO! I removed and redesigned the power switch on my red AX-1, which is how I got into redesigning the thing in the first place. (note: I am the warranty for all of MY keyboards!)

I personally love the keyboard with my modifications. I can only assume that since Roland's new keyboard looks like it came from the same "mold" as the AX-1, that the power switch and everything else are in the same precarious places. If you don't already own an AX-1, then by all means, go out and get an AX-7 and let me know what you think of it and if they've moved the connectors around a bit! PLAY ON!!!LOVE YA ROLAND! KEEP REFINING IT! I'm collecting pictures of people who use AX-1's and AX-7's. If you could send me a .jpg / my collection would get bigger in no time! Thanks rbr2c@yahoo.com

posted Monday-Feb-11-2002 at 00:55
KidGoesting a professional user from Amsterdam (Holland) writes:
This little monster will steal the show. It's a pitty I was not able to pick up the new version (Ax-7), caus this one is not yet available in the shops here. But i really like the feel and the looks... Unfortunately there is not yet a special bag for it available...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-26-2002 at 15:20
Lordza del ray a part-time user from Del ray USA writes:
I bought my AX-1 brand new back in 1993, and used it for a few gigs. Then, I put it up. My AX gathered dust for years, while I stopped gigging and concentrated on recording.

I came close to selling it once, even going so far as to take it into Guitar Center to get a price. They only wanted to give me a few bucks, so luckily I decided to keep it.

I've done a few live shows since my last steady gig in the early 1990s, but I never brought the AX along.

However, I'm now back gigging steady again, and I am the lead singer as well as the keyboard player. I've found that my AX is invaluable for keeping the show interesting, by allowing me to be on center stage.

I took my AX to a local artist who airbrushes motorcycles and helmets. I had him airbrush my AX with an abstract flame motif. Now, it looks too cool for school! I should've done that years ago.

I was in Guitar Center a few weeks ago, and I noticed where Roland had re-issued the AX-1. Apparently, they've been beseiged over the years to re-issue the instrument.

I'm so glad I didn't sell my AX. Now that I had it painted, it looks utterly wicked and unique.

posted Sunday-Oct-21-2001 at 12:41
rbr2c a professional user from Louisiana writes:
I love my AX-1 Red, wish I had the AX-1B as well. Did some rewiring to the unit for performance purposes. Installed a 9 volt relay with it's own battery in the keyboard to control sustain circuit. I installed a 1/4" jack on the back for a wired sustain pedal which I run with the MIDI cable and the power supply cable. The wall wart is in the QSR rack which is where the MIDI cable connects, and where the sustain pedal resides. From the Rack, which sits on the floor in front of my microphone stand, I set my momentary contact sustain pedal. Don't need it but for ballads and such. ALso, I moved the power switch, the sustain jack, and the midi jack all the way to the right edge near where the strap connects. This eliminated accidental shut-off with my knee, and ugly midi cable sticking out, as well as ugly power supply connection. Rig looks and performs clean, very pleased. Wish Roland would make all of these changes in production, it just makes more sence! Wouldn't trade my AX-1 Red for anything! In fact, It's all I used now. No more big rigs for me! My audiences love it! I'll never go back to being stuck behind a wall-o-boards!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-06-2001 at 00:53
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