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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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g-zeus writes:
Hold the press!

The axon's sounds arent nearly as good as the roland sounds! In fact the sounds dont even come standard. Its made to trigger other midi modules, and for doing that its better than the gr 33. The gr 33's sound generating capabilities are better than the ax100's But, to me just about any decent sound module or synth whoops all over the gr 33's synth capabilities, so you can guess where I stand:-)(if you cant guess, that would be get an axon and a real synth)

There's a group at yahoo groups(formerly egroups) called "digital guitar" I suggest anybody curious about these technologies seek it out and ask your questions there. I assure you there are many satisfied roland and axon users, and a few disatisfied with each.

posted Wednesday-Sep-19-2001 at 20:35
I've got the VG-88 Roland Synth it's a synth devoted to mainly guitar sounds. For guitar sounds it's a monster. I've got the GR-33 on order and will incorporate that into my set-up. The VG-88 can be used without the GK2 but your unable to access some of the features.

posted Wednesday-Sep-19-2001 at 13:24
Emmett Flores from u.s.a. writes:
For all those experiensing tracking probles, this can be solved by using a Brian Moore guitar. They have developed a much better pickup system which will blow your mind. Good luck.

posted Saturday-Aug-11-2001 at 08:59
Brian McArdle a professional user from United States writes:
My name is Alterboy, I am the lead guitarist for the band RYNGS out of R.I. Iv'e had the Roland GR-33 for about a month now. It's got plenty of instrument sounds to choose from and can all be tweaked to your liking via on board controls. The tracking on the GR-33 is a little bit better than the GR-30, but not by a whole lot. Just make sure to position the synth pickup and tweak the sensitivity from the GR-33 to get the best tracking. You can save up to 4 different guitar setups in case you opt to use more than one guitar with the GR-33. The GR-33 would have been a better value if it had Rolands COSM for guitar effects built in. A VG-88 GR-33 may be in the works by Roland. Maybe they will call it the VR-121. I use the GR-33 with a Fender Mexican Strat and an Aria Les Paul Copy. I plug the guitar direct into a Line 6 Flextone 2 300 watt head and Flextone 4x12 cab. I plug the GR-33 out into an SWR Workinman's 15. Our keyboardist is pretty amazed at the quality of the sounds that the GR-33 can produce. I would highly recommend the Roland GR-33 to any experienced guitarist that likes to experiment and blend sounds. The GR-33 is great for adding little effects during songs and then you swith back to your main guitar sound via the GK-2A on board Synth controller. I played around with the Roland VG-88, but find the GR-33 to have better string and synth sounds. I would highly recommend the GR-33 over the VG-88 until Roland decides to put both the VG-88 and GR-33 in one box. Go to your nearest Guitar Center of music store and try one out. You only get the full effect when you have a complete setup to truley gain the benifits of blending the GR-33 with your Guitar Sound. Go out and get one or wait for the VG-88/GR-33 combo. I'm giving the GR-33 a 5 out of 5, cause it's the only one box all in one synth module on the market that has some of the highest quality sounds ever made.

signed, Alterboy RYNGS

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-24-2001 at 21:36
Offen a professional user from NYC writes:
It still doesn't track as fast as they say it would...even after programming the usual setups of string/pick/etc. Combining Two patches is not my idea of deep synthesis...but for guitarists i guess they assume we are not programmers but want the meat and potatoes patches...A real end up going back to your keyboard practice for the "real stuff" on keys...Go buy a real synth and practice chords/ will sound better.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-11-2001 at 23:14
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