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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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smallfry a part-timer user from US writes:
Hey I really love this synth.It is a true all in one dance workstation.The sounds are cool and also nice and fat and also the drums are good with a very good selection.Making patterns is very easy even for a beginner as is the patch editing.Making your own sounds couldnt be simpler.It also has 8 track sequencer and all knob data is transfered via MIDI so it makes a cool master keyboard.For anyone looking to start out on the big road to makin music this synth couldnt be any better.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-28-1999 at 17:49
Frank Emanuel a part-timer user from Canada writes:
Hey I am really enjoying this synth. I am primarily a guitarist who is moving into keys. This is actually my second synth - I have a Roland D-70 and control a Korg X5DR from there. These really give me all the traditional sounds I need and use. The JX kinda sounds wimpy on it's traditional instruments. But it has ample weird noises which I am really enjoying. Also the trippy EPs are great to play when the music is simply looking for atmosphere. Like I said I'm a pretty basic keys player. Also the ease with which you can control parts in a pattern is great. I have been sequencing some drums for songs and bringing in and out parts (even swapping kits during play) and still playing synth parts.

Anyways, I am really enjoying this synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-25-1999 at 03:15
J.Sin a professional user from U.S. writes:
O.K. I've had my 305 for a couple of months now and here's the rundown

Good: 1) _HUGE_ variety of sounds 2) Great custom patch editing capabilities (including FM synthesis- the Sine Rhodes patch sounds better than our DX-7's rhodes piano patch ;) 3) Knobs :) (I even use them to control Rebirth via MIDI) 4) Internal sequencer- very easy to use 5) Manual *shock*! Yes the manual is actually easy to read for once! Roland got it right this time :) 6) Ability to set the MIDI out to function as a second MIDI thru 7) VERY resonant filters (don't raise the reso limit unless you know what you're doing!!!) 8) Nice keyboard action 9) The built in effects... limited, yes, but they sound a hell of a lot better than the effects on vintage synths... 10) Appearance. Yeah, I know It's a cheesy thing to put here, and it's not why I bought it, but I still think it's the coolest looking synth I've ever seen... except for the Clavia Nord Modular :) That baby still kicks!

Bad: 1) The presets. I really wish Roland had at least given the option to overwrite these to get more room for user patterns... there ain't enough room in the onboard for holding everything I am sequencing with this!! 2) The memory cards. Yep. Nowhere within 100 miles of where I live has anything less than 8MB & 16MB smartmedia cards. A had to special order two of 'em from a local camera shop (I'm still waiting). I personally wouldn't mind using an 8 of 16 meg card:) but nope. Roland sticks us with the 2 & 4 MB... 3) The modulation lever. I'm afraid to use the damn thing 'cause I have to push it up so hard it feels like it's gonna snap off in my hand! 4) The user arpeggios aren't as customizable as they make you think. 5) It has the word _groove_ associated with it. 6) Only 1 pair of stereo outs. It would've cost Roland about $20US to add 6 more outs to this thing. I wouldn't have minded paying a bit more for this.... :( 7) Sequencer has only 8 parts. Plenty if you're just using the 305 by itself, but I've got a D-110 module (which is 8 part multitimbral itself) and a DX-7 _AND_ a TR-707 all being sequenced off of my JX... it can get tricky running all that off a sequencer with only 8 parts :( 8) The knobs. I'm still looking for a hardshell case that will hold my 305 without damaging the knobs... 9) The wall wart power supply. The actual electronics are essentially the same as the MC-505, and that has an internal power transformer in a much smaller case... The PS on the 305 is an obvious cost cutter :( 10) The very resonant filter previously mentioned... I've damn near deafened myself just from having the reso up too high on some of the sine based patches and tweaking the filter cutoff while playing it through an 80 watt bass amp... I hope I didn't tweak off the neighbors too much (oops!)

Overall though a great peice of equipment. I plan on keeping mine for a long time :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-14-1999 at 13:33
Steve a professional user from USA writes:
This is great for what it is. I would recommend it to the beginner. If you've got your Juno 106, Cakewalk 7 pro and a sampler then this box probably won't do you any good. However if you are looking to broaden you capabilities this is it. The guy who called it a junk box obviously has never looked past the promotional crap in the broucher!! You can creeate totally original sounds with this unit. each sound can be made up of 4 tones or wave forms, my Jupiter 8 only has 2. Each wave form has it's own ADSR envolopes, Amplification perameters, filter perameters, envolopes for the filters. etc. So as you can tell this is the ultimate in versitilty. If you buy anything buy versitility! The sequencer is great for taking it to the road. I personnally can not afford a $3500 laptop to hall my cake walk around!

Remember all box's have there limitations, nothing does everything, everything sucks at something and it's the imperfections in sound that make boxes classic. DX-7, D-50, M1 were not perfect but it was that sound that people learned to love.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-12-1998 at 21:32
Josh Whiting a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I got my JX-305 a few weeks ago and its good, not bad. It is based on the MC-505 and it has all the 505's phat drum sounds (which i really love). The presets however are very poor, especially the patterns (blagh!). I can definately see why some people despise it - its because its laid out as a dance synth with crappy dance presets. BUT if you can get past its gimmicks it is one of the better synths available in its range. I REALLY like all the realtime control, esp the filter/resonance control. The best points of the synth are that it is easy, its got phat sounds, a good appregiator and sequencer and a lot of flexibility. the bad parts are that you can only load one drum kit at a time, the sequencer is only 8 part (i really wanted 16... but i can get by fine using patch changes), it has some bad points in the way it loads patterns which is too complicated to go into here, and it is gimmicky. Do not buy this synth for its built in presets and patterns or because you think it looks flashy. Dig into what it can do, and look at the Alesis QS6 or 7. I sold my QS7 to buy this thing because of its drum sounds and its filters, which the QS7 really lacked. My biggest sacrifice was giving up the expandibility and wider variety of sounds of the QS7. But i'm getting off track. Anyway its a good synth for techno, *not* for jazz or more acoustical genres, and don't let the critics plant their negativity into your head.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-04-1998 at 18:45
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