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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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DJ Oishi a professional user writes:
I almost forgot. The D-field allows one to hear and process synth changes, and effects in real time. The Point? Imagine how much easier synth programming becomes when you can hear the the changes in real time and control the LFO and wave forms with the slide of a finger. I have made some freaky sounds with this thing and I have a very distinct sound in my music. This isn't the best piece of kit around, but for its price, you would have to be a complete idiot not to buy it. I will admit that this isn't good for rock (I don't think), but for techno/trance/house....fuckin rocks!!!!! The drums are excellent and a typical Roland Quality, but I must admit, Roland really improved on their low end basses. HiFi and kick ass. The midi syncs solid with ever controller keyboard I've used and the strings are so amazing when layered with choir vocal and the reverb cut low. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! Learn synth programming guys, or you'll never be satisfied with anything for too long. I've learned my lesson. Again, for its price, there is nothing better. I'll take the Pepsi challenge with anyone. Groovy.........

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-27-2002 at 14:59
Bob a professional user from CA writes:
DJ OISHI, that was an excellent review. Thankyou!! Its great to hear some intelligent remarks about this D2. I also love it and will never sell it. I think its hilarious that I got it for only $200 becuase of the blowouts. Its easily worth triple that. I got rid of my MC-505 and replaced it with this......Waaaay more fun!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-26-2002 at 17:25
DJ OISHI a professional user from USA/Japan writes:
First let me start off by saying that I have studied and used this kit quite a bit. I feel that I can give a honest review of the D2. With that out of the way, let me say that this piece of gear is so freakin' fun, it should be regulated. Those of you who complain are just bitchin' about nothing. "the effects suck" "the controls are terrible"....shut the fu*$ up. First of all. the controls are awesome. I've used it live by itself and rocked 345 screaming japanese till 6:00am. I didn'ty hear them complaining about the color or the effects???? If you want be control over note imput. Buy a cheap controller. If you want better effects, buy a cheap nanocompressor by Alesis. $80 max. Anyone who relies on groovebox or synth effects is a moron. Ask MPC users, if they rely on onboard effects during a mixdown. And they'll tell you "hell no". I know because I own the MPC4000. Any piece of gear can be shaped into yourself if you study it and master it. I have mastered my D2. I have 250 of my own sounds. My own patterns and songs, and 3 songs are on my CD I just completed. ALL done with the D2 (alone)! The cd is mostly trance and UK hard House. And my fans in Japan are waiting eagerly. The power of this unit for its money is astounding. What was Roland thinking??? MC505 sound set is great, but even greater when you start making your own. Then you'll fully realize its power. The sequencer is dead on and it even provides realtime quantizing. The D-Field is amazing. Study it good, and you won't be disappointed. I wish it had more outs as well but this can be worked around as you all know, so its not much of a complaint once the price is considered and even if it wasn't. I love this box, and you should love it too. 64 poly/SEQ/505 patches/effects/Arp/D-FIELD/SYNTH.....nuff said. Go by this fucker now. right now! This will be a cult classic when they sell out. trust me!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-26-2002 at 17:02
cool unit--very different control surface--I like it

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-21-2002 at 06:12
Dj Frod a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I just got my D2 a week ago and I learned how to use most of its features in days. So for beginners like me, this is a good machine to learn on. The interface is not like others i have seen but its my first box, so i dont know what to compare it to. The d field is kool. I dont know how it compares to using knobs, but i feel i can do anything with it.

I've heard the preset patterns and now I dont even touch them. The amount of sounds this machine has is incredible. I like the step recording, its pretty cool. I never tried the real-time recording yet. The effects are cool and plentiful. So many effects to play around with that i havent tried them all yet.

As for creating tracks with this machine alone, i find it hard to believe that this machine can handle it. It seems to slow down at times when too many voices are playing at a time, particularly caused by heavy basslines. But i think this machine is great for rhythm. I plan to get either a SH32 or a Korg EA1 to handle crazy basslines.

I recommend this machine for beginners(for its all-around features) and for rhythm lovers(all the sounds in the world for cheap). I give it a 4 because the slight slowdown keeps this machine from being perfect.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-23-2002 at 15:48
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