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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Mitch Boswell a part-time user from USA writes:
About a year ago I decided to end a 20 year hiatus from the garage-band scene. I had a few toys from the mid-90's (sound canvas, JD-990, and an EMU vintage keys+). My wife bought me an XP-10 for my birthday (w/a PHATBOY) and an XP-30 for Christmas. I have been looking at a myriad of analog-hybrids trying to find the right one to finish off my little live set-up. I found an "open-box" deal last week ($520 w/out manual). I play dinosaur rock and I've got to say this is the best $520 I've ever spent. OK, so I had to spend $16.50 for the manual from ROLAND... I like most of the sounds and I love the knobs. I bought this for live use and it's proving so far to be a fitting replacement for my ARP Odyssey and my Micro-moog of days gone by. I plan to use this synth for playing "leads" on... it took my about 2 minutes to figure out how play the end synthesizer solo from Frankenstein on it... definately a happy boy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-21-2000 at 17:53
jujuman a hobbyist user from U.K writes:
I bought my jx about 2 years ago. it's my only peice of kit so far & has some great features. unfortunatly it was far more expensive in england than the states. the sequencer is great in pattern mode, but it's in song mode where it falls down. sounds are all you need for techno/ trance, drum n bass is a bit more painstaking but it can be done. 1 problem i have is that you can't save changes to the main acid/bass sounds. when used with a computer for sequencing & a sampler you can make it sing.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-10-2000 at 08:32
george a professional user from usa writes:
As a producer of R&B, Hip-Hop,Funk and Pop, I can honestly say that you don't want this keyboard for anything other than the sounds. You get what you pay for! If you want to sequence, get an MPC 2000. But for what its worth, you won't get better sounds for the money. And if you don't get one, you'll wish you did later down the line. I got mine for $560 brand new, and its a great supplement to all my other gear! I rate this a 5 out of 5 based on the sounds alone! all the other stuff in it is mickey mouse.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-30-2000 at 14:51
Jack Sack from USA writes:
I sold the JX305 a year ago. It was an inspiring and handy tool with a great sequencer, presets, and morphing abilities, but I was ashamed of the built in patterns and cheesy "making your own music is easy" advertising for it. Good for a midi controller and an extra tool to have around for layers and drum sounds but save the extra money and buy a Quasimidi Sirius if you're a beginner and don't want to grow out of your keyboard.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-20-2000 at 15:20
Justin McMurray a professional user from USA writes:
I decided to post a review because I use this site periodically as I think of all the things I would like to buy. I bought this synth back in July 99-- I bought it for mostly practical reasons. I wanted a sequencer and a synth, and not for a tremendous amount of money. At the list price, I would tell you NO WAY to get this; but they are now like $649 [I got mine for $699 back in July--a great deal then], and for many practical purposes, this is a good thing to have depending on what you're looking for.

The sequencer, while only 8 parts, really gives you seven "melody" parts and one "rhythm" part broken up into eight percussion parts [bass, snare, hihat, clap, cymbal, tom/percussion, hit, others]. This is good and bad-- on the one hand, you have 16 parts to play with/mute and un-mute, etc. On the other hand, it is apparently impossible to save volume levels, etc for each drum part--only for the rhythm track as a whole. Annoying, but I have learned to live with it and create around it [I am also buying another sequencer with 16 parts!]. You WILL eventually grow tired and cramped on this sequencer, but I have been able to work the hell out of it in a live set up, as muting and unmuting and the part-mixer and effects work nicely. I have been able to compensate for the low number of parts with my sampler. Also, 110,000 note *internal-memory* is not too shabby. Using a smart media card, you can get 400,000 note capacity.

Overall, this synth has some pretty good presets, and a few knob turns usually work wonders. I must admit to not having uncovered all the possibilities with this synth yet---I have only just begun playing with the wavetables that you can select for each of the 4 synth engines...the possibilities are staggering actually. Great drum sounds [lots and lots of kits]. YOU DEFINITELY should take the time to make your own drumkits to weed out the crappy sounds and only include the g o o d ones.

If you're on a budget and you want some fairly convincing analog-type sounds, some good percussion sounds, real-time control over certain parameters, a decent sequencer, pretty good, alterable effects, and a midi-controller keyboard, then the jx-305 is your bet. Have fun. Make a record.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-16-2000 at 16:38
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