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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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eric a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
You can't judge this synth by just its presets which are good anyway. You gotta go deeper and learn to use its synth engine.By only mucking about with the waveform edit you can come up with some really cool sounds. It's no high end synth but it does the job really well.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-07-1999 at 07:47
tim a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
I've owned a jx-305 for 2 months but I haven't got far in learning its sound shaping capabilities. I don't know whether I can recommend this synth to those who are looking for original sounds.It's a matter of taste, but to me the patches sound too safe and cliched. This is not necesarily a bad thing but it becomes difficult not to sound like everybody else. I'm sure that its sounds can be shaped to sound phat and analogue-like, but I really have not tried that much yet. Don't get me wrong.The sounds are in general usable, just that you may have heard them before. The sequencer is great and the drum sets are ok, each drum sound can be modified.

As I learn more of the 305's abilities, I'll submit another review, but for now it's mixed emotions. 3/5

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-23-1999 at 08:16
Javier a hobbyist user from Spain writes:
Ohh man!! I just bought mine since they are so cheap and is awesome. I have it in my studio with a CS1x, my old DR660 and cakewalk -also I record my guitars and bass making loops-, and sorry for those that don't like this synth, but is a powerful tool, with impressive editing capabilities as far as arpegiator (fun! with 43 styles, each of one can be heavily modified, plus 10 user styles that you can program from scratch); effects (yes only 24, but tons!! of parameters to mix in every effect); patches composed by up to four waveforms -how curious like in the Cs1x-CX2x, but with this Roland quality ( JV 1080 ), that every one admire-, control of envelopes for filter, amp and pitch, LFO, portamento.. Much more stuff and much more complex than my CS1x ; nice sequencer and come on, more than enough for on the fly recording, that helps your creativity, and then finish things together with your computer and nice software. Of course you are going to need time to learn how to use it, so don’t believe, future buyer those that say is not good, because they don't have a clue of how to use is. This is a serious synth, has a MC 505 built in, and you can use all those sounds from the loops in the patterns as individual sounds and edit them, plus has channel aftertouch, you can control a lot the sound in real-time ( 9 knobs with quick sub-menus) in addition, the arpegiator, pattern and knobs transmit MIDI. Is fun to control the CX1x with the JX. And don't forget that you have up to 60 RPS sets: 60 sets of 16 pre-recorded musical phrases that you can create, assigned to 16 keys for instant recall of rhythm, bass lines.... No floppy disk but Smartmedia cards - 2 or 4 MB - which are nice enough (no onboard storage device or sequencer in CS1-2x) My review is totally positive, buy it, is a nice Roland machine. For those who talk without knowledge, just one thing: you need to read the manuals, if you are into MIDI and in the Y 2000, you need to know how to use your gear, and be open to every possibility, in sound and in gear. At 599$ there is no other synth out there that beats this babe. Sorry about the grammar I'm still learning. Because I'm open minded, not like others.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-09-1999 at 01:30
random a professional user from canada writes:
basic synth aimed at the hobbyist. Being a professional (and no I didn't click that "professional" box just to look cool) I can say that this synth is utterly *useless* in an esabished studio. If you want to use preset/PCM-based stuff, the best option is to get a sampler and sample the sounds *you* want and twiddle them.

But, for the home-user... or for the uninitiated. For somebody who wants to learn about e-music and stuff, it may be an affordable solution. Alhough I *guarantee* you will sell it afterwards once you get some professional gear.

The whole Groove series from Roland is aimed at hobbyist technoist who don't wanna be original (i mean.. sound-texture-wise) and do some music FAST. Mainly DJ type persons who don't really wanna learn all there is to electronic music to actually composing some. Every groove products has proven to be a joke so far. Roland has stepped down from its pedestral and now sits almost dead last in the synth-making industries. Korg, Kurzweil, Yamaha, Waldorf... these are the names. These are the synths.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-21-1999 at 01:02
JetSet a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I recently set up a small home recording studio using a DJ-X and my PC running Cubase. Whilst the DJ-X was a great little keyboard to sketch ideas and develop an understanding of MIDI with, I quickly got bored of the sounds: very samey.

So, three months after, I bought a JX305 and I totally love it.

I've been working with it for three weeks now and I've been able to achieve almost everything I set out to. More by luck than application of knowledge, I'll admit, but it shows you how easy it is to use.

For a newbie, I find the main manual a little daunting, but I'll get there in the end. The Quick Start manual is a god-send.

One or two functions don't operate quite as the manual explains - mainly applying mutli-effects and the like which I find I can only do with MIDI set to 'Both' on the keyboard. (Anyone any ideas why this is?)

The voices are superb - I love the Rhodes patches, warm, gentle and full. Yet there are some kick-ass floor-shaking basses and some ripping drumkits on board. Selecting patches is a doddle, as is modifying them and saving the new sound as your own. Some of the preset patterns are a bit naff. In fact, if you listen to the presets on the DJ-X and compare them to the JX305, the DJ-X wins hands down in terms of being in tune with what's happening on the dancefloor.

Still, I didn't buy the JX305 to use someone else's patterns, but because it offered me loads of drum kits, patches, easy sound tweaking and because it sounds so damn good! I also got £200 off the shop price, too!

An excellent all-round machine that I'd recommend to anyone looking to make their own electronic music.

4.5 out of 5 (but I'll increase that to 5 when I get to grips with the main manual!)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-02-1999 at 12:36
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