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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Digit62 a hobbyist user from Belgium, Antwerp writes:
over the years i´ve owned a lot of ´classic´gear jp8000, sh101, tb303, tr505, tr808, matrix 6, cz1000, sy99 etc... i dumped all in favor of a PC based setup, 2 months ago i sweeped up a brand new D2 and i´ve fallen in luv again with the groovebox concept. the d-pad is a corcker!!! hook this up to a PC running Ableton Live with Reason slaved and yr in heaven. the thing about this Hare Krishna box is the insant gratification you get. Don´t get fooled about the ´simplistic´interface this thing kicks ass!!! The preset programs sometimes æight look cheesy but when you start muting the different parts thye can quicly become very inspiring. check out pattern 99!! all in all at the price they are dumping these things it brings back memories on what Roland did zith the TB303. the d2 is an MC505 with a revamped performance interface. my advice is that when you see this thing on offer, don´t hesitate to scoop it up. consider it like a wise investment, a good bottle of wine. keep it, toy with it, play with it and it will reveal it´s hidden depths

keep the groove going digit62

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-07-2003 at 18:07
Analog Kid a professional user from USA writes:
There is a lot of hidden power within the orange case. The simple design tends to fool people who haven't fully explored the manual, or simply lack the understanding of how to utilize the D2's features. Luckily enough, as opposed to some Roland gear, the D2 is designed with enough depth to where you can pretty much use it in any way your imagination takes you.

I like to think of the D2 as a mutation of a step sequencer with 8 tracks, 32 steps per measure, and up to 32 measure length. The D2 let's you manipulate and arrange the tracks in realtime in just about any way you wish. Users familar with Yamaha's line of performance sequencers might miss a couple "play fx", but you have to be open to the abilities unique to the D2. You either like the D-field, or you don't. I happen to like it... and once you dig into the manual, you see there's a long, long, list of functions that can be assigned to the pad.

The internal soundsource is very usable. I find it to be perfectly ok for backing parts and such. The sounds are editable including the envelopes. I also have no problem with a single RCA main out. After all the D2 is the cheapest synth workstation on the market.

I really believe Roland did everything right on the D2... I wouldn't change a thing. True the internal synth can't really hang with Roland's "big boys", but it can give them a seriously kick in the ass with it's sequencing power.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-02-2003 at 14:14
Dan 'FaceRaper' Thompson a hobbyist user from south wales writes:
I bought this groovebox for the bargain price of £150 and I was amazed at the capabilities of this thing. The fact that it is a 64-note polyphony sequencer alone should make this product a must-have for any low-budget electronic musician. Programming your own patterns is easy (both in step recording and real-time) and the 600 different preset sounds are amazing. There are a few 'cheesy' sounds but it all depends on what you are doing. I find it hard to believe that anyone could find this to be a difficult piece of equipment to use. The BPM counter is extremely accurate and the vinyl effects (such as double/half speed and backwards drumtracks) really set this sequencer apart from the rest. The d-field allows more options than traditional knobs when using filters, as you can shift from one extreme to another without all the different grades inbetween. I have read a lot of bad reviews on this product with people saying that the preset songs and patterns are crap but even if this were the case (and I can assure you that the D2 has some wicked beats and melodies) nobody who wants to create original, artistic music would use 'presets' in their own work. Even though I have only owned this groovebox for 3 days I have been able to quickly create my own musical compositions that sound extremely proffessional. If you have an imagination you can do anything you want with the D2, but if you are not very imaginative then you cant expect miracles to happen.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-19-2003 at 09:52
Paul Donaldson a hobbyist user from China writes:
The D2 is a lovely little thing and a real bargain. Difficult to use? No. The manual is fine. Patience is all that is needed. Something many reviewers don't seem to have. Is it possible to play a Saxophone first time?

The D-field is fantastic. Its functions are really well thought out. Besides being a great way to control a filter, get rps, mute tracks etc, the assignable D-field cc's means one can do some wicked 2d sound warping to your favourite synths. The sequencer is fine. Aren't we lucky that the vain ponses who don't like to play with 'toys' slagged the D-2 and (seemingly) bought its price down? Poor Roland though. Their SH-32 (which I also think is a fine budget instrument) also got slagged. The thing is, these instruments do what they set out to do, in a unique way too.

Hmmm. Somebody doesn't understand why there is no audio input for an extra 20 bucks. Perhaps this person should understand that a twenty buck audio inputs will introduce alot of noise into the sound chain. I doubt they would couple very easily to the digital sound architecture hidden inside. Better stop bitching and go upmarket.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-14-2003 at 11:46
collin a professional user from dc area USA writes:
hi- i got it from mars music while they were closing down and got it for 130 bucks!it was a demo unit and i even got it mounted on some plastic roland display thing. i think it was definitely well worth the price. i also use an mc 303. while the sounds are good and i really do like the dfield, i do think that in some instances some knobs and buttons would make it easier to edit the sounds. i totally like how in song writing mode you can choose a pattern and mute some parts and not mute others. unlike the 303 where you have to write variation patterns. the d2 just makes much more sense in that realm.

i have absolutely NO clue how to access any effects when making a pattern from scratch. since i got the actual demo unit i didnt get a manual.

i've emailed roland about getting a new manual and they havent replied. i found some site based in the UK that sells the manual but i'm in USA. if you own a d2 and no longer need the manual please email me! i'll accept scans of certain sheets.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-23-2003 at 00:29
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