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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Dr.A. Bernard a part-time user from USA writes:
The JW-50 is a powerful keyboard.It is very easy to use. The sounds are pretty good. Only problem is after using for 4 years the knobs start sticking into the keyboard.But it is a great key- board to work with!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-07-2002 at 02:14
the musician a professional user from USA writes:
easy sequencer,super cool looking construstion for a workstation but semi pro sound department(sound canvas).not a live machine though it has some backing patterns to work with.I had a choice between and JW and Korg X3,and I picked Korg for better sound and performance though sequencer was not as easy as JW.2 years later I swapped some gear with JW and used for 6 months and sold it again.If Roland had used JV-1000's sound set'it would have been a hit.Good for starters who hate computers.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-06-2002 at 06:05
Dale Harman a part-time user from Canada writes:
Early JW50s had a habit of having stuck notes (very annoying). I bought one of the first models shipped to Canada. Roland has an eprom upgrade for this problem, a simple fix.

The keyboard is built around an easy to use sequencer. The sounds are good. For home recording it works well.

The keyboard uses a double density disk drive. It looks like it could be easily swapped for a high density 3 1/2" drive but I haven't tried it. My guess is that you would still get 720k per disk.

Downside: you can't split the keyboard or layer sounds live (one sound at a time) by design however:

If you route a midi cable from out to in and select the transmit channel to another channel number you can layer two sounds live.

The keyboard is aftertouch sensative. Pressing any key down harder alters the sound for the whole keyboard (not individual key aftertouch).

I find it good for performing live, good sounds but not easy to find. There is a factory sound set and a user definable sound set (pick up to 128 sounds, edit them and store them for easy recall if you can remember the number. I prefer to have sounds devided by groups on a keyboard eg. press strings then select the string sound you want instead of dialing through 128 sounds to find the one you want.

Overall I give it a 4 out of 5. Good keyboard, controller, sequencer.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-27-2001 at 23:25
chris bridge a hobbyist user from usa - florida writes:
a VERY easy keyboard to lay down 16 tracks without computer mumbojumbo defeating your musical ideas. Very good digital sounds, and a play a long band built in to learn about different styles of music and different parts. Downside is no split keyboard or plug-in samples, etc.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:07
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