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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Gebbo a part time user from Australia writes:
The GR30 allows me to supplement the sounds I need, without relying on other musicians. In my usual environment (contemporary church music) the style of soungs rang from rock to atmo background. The GR30 provides sounds that exceed that ever thought possible, and at the skill level and proficiency of my guitar style. It would take me years to develop my keyboard skills to match my guitar technique, but with the GR30, I can play piano and sound like a 20 year veterna player. I love IT!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
Paul Angle a part time user from USA writes:
Trouble with gliching on 3rd and 4th strings tried changing guitars to get

closer distance to bridge saddles. Currently on a Carvin Bolt-on Neck with

fixed bridge. Still getting some glitching, Roland thinks it may be a bad

pickup. All in all, great sounds! Try creating a Grand Piano with one tone

set down 1 8va with the first one brighter +15 awesome! String Ensembles sound

great as well. The factory presets all need work, no effects are on. Infinite

touches to panning, reverb, effects. Fantasic Violins, Misc. Horns, and Sitar

with some mod's. If I could solve the glitching problem I could use it with

the band. I can do a great orchestrated version of Kashmir!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
Greg Scott a hobbyist user from U.S. writes:
Having never used a synth before I was very impressed with its abilities. A massive amount of sounds available. Some very usable, some not so usable. Roland kept in mind all the different types of music that are out there. Having paid $1000 for it,[pickup included]. I did expect it to live up to its dollar amount. However, I would of gladly paid $500 to $800 more for a all in one unit that had a signal processer built into it. I am sure that with all the technology out there its is possible. Who knows maybe this idea is already on the drawing table. At any rate I currently hook up my Digitech though it and am able to produce an awsome full sounding layering effect. At the flick of a switch I am able to blend sounds or isolate sounds from the guitar alone or the synth alone. The two units hooked together give me the ability to play all different kinds of music with a great sound. For all those that have had problems with this unit. My suggestion to you is to back up and READ YOUR OWNERS MANUAL from the begining [specifically the setup]. I think this is the root of alot of those problems.Roland does good job in explaining just how to do this. The only real problem I've had was a bad cord from the unit to the pickup. This caused severe problems. There are 15 almost microscopic wires with in that cord. If one frays or severes it can screw a multitude of things up. With the play feel and pick up sensativity adjustment all the different playing styles out there should be accounted for. So set it up right and tweak man tweak. Hey I could go on and on but the bottom line is I love this unit. It may not be for everyone, but it certainly is for me. I like it, I love it, I want to marry it. GO ROLAND. Anyone that wants to trade shop talk feel free to E-mail me, that would be great. Oh and before I forget those of you who havent found Gord Brauns page yet your missing something. This guy is the GR-30 MAN. Lots of great stuff for GR-30 people there. Thanks Gord for your time and effort. He is on this page look it up, you wont regret it. I'll shut up now.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
Mark Rowley a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I'm having a problem with the GR-30 playing weired harmonics on sustained notes. I've tried adjusting the pick up and setting the pickup sens. I've mounted the GK-2A on a Fender Strat. I would like any suggestion that might help. The sounds of the GR-30 are great, it tracks just fine. The Argeggio is great and very easy to use. I've hooked up to my EPS and the midi tracking is just what I needed.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
ESimms86 a 0 user from 0 writes:
Call me impulsive. I just traded in my GR-1 for a GR30. Having played both I

can honestly say that the GR30 tracks worlds faster than its predecessor. This

is particularly noticeable on the acoustic piano patch which is now actually

usable. The bass guitar patches are sonically equivalent to those in the GR-1

except there is greater variety in bass patches, plus they are organized in a

much more reasonable fashion. The arpeggiator will take a little time in the

woodshed to get the most out of it. Haven't tried the harmonist yet but I

doubt that I will use it much since (1)it's tied to major and minor keys only,

and (2)it, by definition, removes the opportunity to play &quot;outside.&quot; The GR30

could be a lot sturdier than it is(in fact, the plastic casing seems pretty

flimsy for road work) but it should work fine for playing and recording at

home or in most any studio situation. At first glance, I like the GR-1's

percussion tones a little better though I don't want to judge too early.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
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