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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Brasco a part-timer user from US writes:
Just to clarify for anyone looking to buy one of these, it rocks! I got mine on a closeout. I got the MKII version, which is a huge improvement over the original. The MKII adds a total of 31-multitimbral parts and 24-voice polyphony. The MKII can also be upgraded to 32MB of RAM, which is awesome. The DJ-70MKII is perfect for me and you have to love the scratch wheel. Editing is a breeze, yet very in depth if need be. I got mine for $750 and if you can get it for that you'd get a great deal if it was only 8-voice polyphonic and not multitimbral. But, it isn't so its a great deal. The list price on this puppy is $2000, but Roland doesn't make them anymore so you can get them cheap used.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-21-1999 at 14:13
Nathan Mann a part-timer user from USA writes:
I got a good deal on the MKII version and immediately added 32MB RAM a SCSI Zip drive. The RAM was a whopping $60. and was reasonably easy to install. I'll I had to do to add the ZIP drive was to plug it in and format a Zip disk.

The manual I got was for the first generation DJ70, and it wasn't as user friendly. No diagrams of any kind, just the occasional screen shot. I consider myself a semi-power user of some of Roland's recording and synth products and I was confused. However, once I discovered a couple key pieces of information, it became a lot easier.

For what it cost me, I'm not surprised by the lack of digital I/O, >2 analog outputs and effects. In it's favor, the display is great. You can't beat on-sceen waveform editing.

All the rear panel controls, such as the input gain knob, contrast,MIDI jacks, analog I/O jacks and power switch are almost impossible to get to if the sampler is stand-mounted beneath another synth. The back of the unit is thick and all the controls are recessed on the very bottom of the panel.

The DJ70 will convert patch disks from most Roland and Akai samplers. After converting ten S-550 factory disks, I had to edit the single-cycle loops in most of the samples to get rid of glitches. Each full floppy took 2-3 minutes to convert, and the results were satisfactory.

Roland US has whittled it's sample library offerings down to a series of $195 CD-Roms, and Roland samplers have far less third party support than Akai and SampleCell. A Roland rep assured me, however, that Roland isn't opposed to users copying discontinued factory floppies.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-04-1999 at 21:11
William Eunice a hobbyist user from United States writes:
Well apparently there is no just review of the machine. The DJ70 was a machine that suffered from the recent drop in sampler technology pricing. Many companies were poised to release samplers that could do a great deal for a much better price. Thus only a few sold. It is a great sampler and from what I have read sounds any bit as good as and S-760 or other comparably high priced Roland unit. I cannot off hand go into some of the high price features (other than the fun yet entirely worthless scratch wheel) that would set it apart. When I first got my hands on it I was lame and used it like a synth by sampling some of my old analogue synths and using the filters on it. The performance, patch and sample setups are really intuitive IMHO and make it a real breeze to accomplish tasks that tend to be tedious on other samplers. The sound and full set of editing features make it a great thing to have if you can get it for a good price. The low limit on sampler memory is a drawback but that just requires you to be creative with how you use your space. Mine is expanded to a whoopin 4 M but I hear a rumor that you can expand it to 16 M.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
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