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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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jonathan a professional user from philadelphia, pa,usa writes:
I was asked a question by someone who just bought this sampler, and below was my response, hope it helps others out.. jonathan @ junofish ******************************************** I recently bought one, and I'm thinking about returning it. I like it, but I'm having a problem with it... I can't get it to save my samples. Every time I turn the power off they delete. Do you know what's wrong? Also, do you have any tips or tricks? What is your overall opinion of the procuct? are you happy with it? ************************************* Jonathan's long ass replay--> nothing is wrong, you misunderstand the role the machine is supposed to serve for you..

basics, that you are overlooking, the sampler is just a computer that samples your audio and plays back, if you would like to keep your samples you must save them to a hard drive or such... just like your computer.. if you are typing a word document and half way through typing you just reach and push the power button, you lose everything right? becuase you havent save it to any hard drive or floppy disk.. same rules apply here..

there is a connnector on the back of the js-30 called a scsi connector .scsi is ideal for transfer large size file (like audio) back and forth between machines..

You may need a Zip drive, one that is a scsi type..

ON the back on my js-30 I have three separate drives connected: 1) One Iomega SCSI zip drive 2) One 650 Meg Hard Drive (scsi of course) 3) and finally a SCSI CD-rom drive so i can load and use AKAI and Roland sampling CDs

as you can see you can have alot of drives connected to just that one connector on the is real powerful shit.. once everything is figured out..

I have three samplers Akai S2000, the Roland js30 and a ROland S-550

each one has strengths and weaknesses. So it is only fair to tell you that the js-30 isnt going to do everything for you.. if you are looking to buy a sampler that does everything... prepare to spend 2 or 3 grand easily.

but what the JS-30 (In my opinion) does better than any other sampler I have used recently is this:

Sampling loops on the fly.. two buttons to push, and you can sample anything from the radio to a CD, to your dog farting.

i have two vinyl turntables routed through my js30 so i can mix samples over top a record playing..and i can lift samples fromthe music instantaneously.

There was a problem with the original line of js30... the operating system had a problem recognizing Zip drives when connected to the back, which isn't surprising, since Zip drive didnt even exist when the js30 came out.

there is a operating system upgrade that was available as a chip you installed.. which fixed this problem..i bought mine with the chip already installed .. so mine works with Zips fine..

also, there was a memory upgrade that was available.. if you have the fulll maxed out memory (about 4megs) thenyou can sample up to 45 seconds at high resolution, I dont know how much experience you have with bit rates.. so i will save not saying things you might not understand and just say if you have memory upgrade already, you can sample for 45 seconds in high quality,, and 90 secs in low quality mode.. but i wouldnt use the low quality mode because the sound is really really bad,

if you DONT have the memory upgrade (meaning the stock model) then you can sample I believe 13 seconds in high quality mode and 26 in low mode..

as i said it isnt the sampler that does everything.. but once you discover what it can do... well it is my favorite sampler because it is easily the easiest and fastest smapler to use.. once you use it live in front of a crowd...and you dont have time to screw around with settings, you learn how cool adn powerful this thing is..

what i feel are the strongest points of the sampler: -it can sample drum loops fast and simple requiring minimal adjustments -it is perfect for vocal snippets into music, "lemme see ya, lemma see ya, sha-sha-shake-shake them t-t-tities-tities" and vocal effects like that..

I used to hook it up to my radio, and sample hip hop breaks right from the radio and them use that to build a song from.

i know that i rambled some here.. i just wanted to tell you that i think that this sampler is cool as shit.. if you have a hard time getting into new equipment then it does seem like a pain.. but I found this sampler to be easier to use and setting up than most.

just get yourself or barrrow from a friend a SCSI zip drive.. and check to see if it works first.. because if it DOESNT work than you know that you dont have teh latest operating system which fixes the zip bug..

if it doesnt work then you may want to take it back.. becuase finding that upgrade is probably close to nil...

but if it does work.. than check to see how long your sample time is.. push the button that says 'time remaining' if it says 45 secs..then your memory is maxxed out.. if it is not maxed out.. you can find the memory upgrade.. but it may not be easy..

if those two things i mentioned are fine..then keep it.. becuase the box is sweet.. once you can get used to it..

hope that helps you out


the kids are getting freaky at

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-13-2001 at 23:12
D a part-time user from usa writes:
I picked mine up off of Ebay for about 130$, I couldn't understand why most of the other places I have checked this machine is around 4-600 dollars, anyhow, I disagree that is a toy, that's what I thought when I first messed around with it, but if get into how the box works, you load this thing with real samples and high 16bit waves it will emulate any keyboard that you have a sample for also the sequencer is 4 tracks but with being able to layer 3 sounds you can come up with some phat rhythms and beats the bpm match make it a very powerful tool, I know there are other samplers out there but if you can find this sub 200$ it is a very good deal, also load up the RAM you will need 3 addition 1MG Simms

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-07-2001 at 10:38
Evil Dick from Aachen/Germany writes:
The JS-30 is a very low-qual engine. I hate my for bying it....I thought it would work well 4 the money (just 200$ paid for it), but I was wrong. It´s NOT a sampler, it´s just a toy 4 "Wanna-Be-DJs". Finally I tried 2 sell it again, but there´s noone wanting it. SHIT happens. So I keep it at it´s -hidden- place in my -li´l- studio and go on using my lovely ASR-10, that´s it folks. JUST FORGET THIS STUPID JS-30, trust me....;-)

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-29-2001 at 11:36
grindstaff a part-time user from Eugene Oregon----USA writes:
Hmmm, I used an expensive Kurtzweil and it was pretty cool, but I also used an Emax ll and an Akai s 612,and x 7000----well this JS 30 is pretty straight forward, tremendous punch and clear high frequency response, it is not too hard to use, and it seems to be designed to help, a quick EQ (tiny knob!) is right in front for instant tweak,and also a DJ type slider to mix in the input.A volume knob is also right up front for the mic input..not a ton of memory, but hey, I like to use the thing in a spontanious fashion..The best part is it is very intuitive,no manual work out in the middle of inspiration..Heck I would have gotten it for 1600 list 2 years ago if I knew...Any body got an extra to trade??? or whatever? It sure beats a 32 hz sample frequency like some have,no?Honor the treaty! Come on up...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-13-1999 at 02:06
Tim Forster a part time user from United States writes:
This is a good sampler although the midi implementation is a bit on the limited side, editing is pretty easy however limited and of course no floppy drive. It's pretty easy to learn (only one easier is the MKS100 which however has the drawbacks of low memory)...however, keep in mind that this was designed for DJ's so it's not going to work like your ASR10 or E-Mu or Kurzweil. The best uses I found for this are percussion samples (use it like a drum machine) and breakbeat loops (actually got the P.E. Black Steel loop from Isaac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul using this and was able to edit it to sound almost like the P.E. Loop) and of course sound bytes (sort of like you would do with a phrase sampler except you can store it to a SCSI drive...I got some interesting sound bytes the other day off of Deep Cover and Killing Zoe and was able to normalize it such that just the dialogue played through minimizing background noise) Overall it's a bargain if you can pick it up for $300 or less. Remember also that you will need a SCSI cable, SCSI Terminator, and a drive to store your work.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:06
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