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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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em bodwick a professional user from seattle writes:
quite honestly i couldnt believe it only has RCA outputs- how could they-bought one from ebay- my mistake not to check the specs-also my headphone jack sounds dirty and cuts out occasionally- it does some cool things but is very cheaply built-plastic and cant really be used in serious recording with rca outputs- with a mono or stereo outs this could have been very cool! Mostly a waste for professional recording-maybe fun for a dj or coming up with ideas. some sounds are useful but will never go hot in the mix thru RCAS!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-26-2004 at 19:44
theo a hobbyist user from usa writes:
The D2 was the first synth/sequencer I purchased. I've always been happy with rolands products but after having it for 3 years I am rather dissapointed with its overall performance. When I am in the middle of recording it will freeze up out of no where and If I didn't back the song/pattern up it is gone for good.

I also noticed that when I try to record 16th notes, etc. that it will not match up correctly and instead kind of round up to the next beat. I'm not sure if this is a problem with the way I set it up or just a design flaw. I wish I would have purchased an mc303 or something along those lines instead.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-23-2004 at 19:09
Helmut a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
Two weeks ago I received my D-2 groovebox and I like it very much. My interest in electronic music dates back from the early eighties. In 1985 I started out with a Roland jx-8p synth and a tr-505 drummachine. Taking into account the prices of gear then en what you can buy now these days for the same money, things have made a tremendous leap forward.I love hardware and anything lowbudget and this little orange box triggers my creativity enormously. But I´ve got a question about the waveformlist on page 97 of the manual.

Can anybody tell what they refer to? Are they part of the RPS-patterns, are they soundpatches that can be accessed? If yes, how? I appreciate any reply on this matter. To those who are uttering complaints about the D-2 I can only say this; technology nowadays offers unlimited possibilities but I don´t hear that being reflected in electronic music today. At the core the problem is peoples´ creativity or lack of it and that will always remain, no matter what technology arrives on this planet, now or in the future. For 199 euro I´m one very happy owner.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-14-2004 at 12:53
Sinthetik Isolation a professional user from nashua writes:
For the price this is a pretty sweet box, i got mine for 200 beans. As with all grovebox's each parts got its own midi channel , every part in step mode can be edited with grid style sequencing during play back plus adding gate time/changing notes and velocity is easier than and other box ive had ( ive had mc-303 jx305)and thats all i reallly want out of a seq for 200 bucks =P

Sound wise , i never ever used proir grove boxes for sound besides drums .. i use external racks and modules ( virus b/sh-32/nord 2 rack) but ive acually used acouple d2 noises =P mostly pads. You really cant expect the world for 200 bucks if u want better sounds but less seq power get a sh-32. The drums are decent .. as i said ive always used drums and with the pad it takes roland kits to a higher level.

And this pads a suprise ... when i bought this i was thinking to myself "For 200bucks the pad cant be usefull much" was i wrong. Lots of ppl dont like it cause its not as good with the fx as the kaoss pad, but its more for production use. For example one setting in pad can take all u have to do is touch the right section of the pad and all your parts that are playing slowly fade away and then all your muted parts slowly fade back is .. and this works even with external sound sources, not just internal grooves. Theres also pan faders , a turn tablle spin effect which ables u to control the speed and direction of the song ( as is reverse or foward) depending of the direction your spining your fingers and speed or just stop the musik by stoping your finger(this effect sounds alot clearer with a good external sound module)

Like i said for the money its a great sequencer , if your thinking about getting one .. make sure u atleast got a external controler.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-05-2004 at 15:51
Rah a professional user from LoToneUS writes:
I really love this small chunk of hardware. It is so unique and after you get thru the learning curve (which is steeper than MC505/JX305) you can really have some fun. The dField is quite interesting as a controller in itself. As the dude below said, this is a real bargain. Having owned both the MC505 and JX305 in the 90's and being very familiar with them, I can definately agree that this D2 is a charm! It is definately fun to work with.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-09-2004 at 00:41
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