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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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kenneth a professional user from holland writes:
the sequencer is not realy user friendly in my eyes, it lacks a bit of overview. but thats not the main feature of this machine. lets talk about sounds. don't let the cheesy preset patches and so called "grooves" paterns fool you. once i figured out how to program my own patches i was blown away what kind of patches you can create with so less edditing features.

since i've had this machine for two days now i don't realy know if its possible to have multiple multi efx on one patch or drum sound. it would be nice if you can distort and compress a nice kick sound at the same time. oh wel back to external efx proccessing then.

as i said above once you start programming your own sounds this thing can do a lot of original things for you, esspecialy if your using this machine in an dance/techno setup with an external sequencer like an MPC for instance.

the drum kits are great 808 & 909 sounds fairly good not as vintage as the real thing but thats a different matter of subject.

the JX-305 is your machine if your looking for a whide range of sounds and drums in your techno/dance production with a clear digital crispy sound. it's not your thing if you are looking for a emulated VA type of synth like a nova or MS2k etc. you can make this type of Vintage sounds but not as good sounding as an VA or a real A synth

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-03-2004 at 10:03
analogfrog from us writes:
sequencer caused so many embarrasing problems live many times. even after data thin and no maxing out of polyphony, notes would stick. Sent it back for new one three times, ans same problems. On the other hand, I found it really expressive for real time modifications. when you turn it on, the sounds are terrible. But trick it out,like you're supposed to amd you can create noises that reflect your individual relationship with the machine/instrument

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-20-2003 at 08:53
a part-time user writes:
My only problem with the jx-305 is that the 5v Smartmedia cards are extinct. You can still get them on ebay it seems, so its not a big deal but hey Roland could have seen that coming and scooped up a ton of 5v cards for their loyal customers before they became commercially unavailable. Instead, Roland his left us holding the bag (or box in this case) Well, at least for now you can still get them over at eBay (until they are all gone for good) but the whole Smartmedia card fiasco ticks me off. The machine is great even without the memory card, but it ticks me off the way that Roland has handled this whole thing. Still gets a big 5 anyway!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-30-2003 at 21:28
nutcracker suite a professional user from England writes:
Ok i'm gonna be really different now and say I think the JX-305 makes a great emulation for classical music. Great strings / classical pads can be made, yes I am being serious, I myself a composer / producer of classical music aswell as modern music find the JX-305 a wonder to work with Classical wise. I'm not talking about less known compositions, maybe more famous one's such as the nut cracker suite, but non the less this synth does it for me. Maybe the JX-305 just fits anything?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-19-2003 at 02:44
Sid a professional user from HI writes:
This machine is a lot of value in one board! I have also owned the MC-505 and its sweet too, but its really nice to have the keys. Thanks to somebody on this review site, I found about the obsolete memory card thing and went directly to ebay to pick some up. now im all set. got 2 ram cards & loaded them up with my own custom patterns. thank God for this site or I would have never known about that whole fiasco with the impossible to find cards. Maybe that's why this machine is selling at bargain prices for what it is. This is one sleek machine. I like my analogs too but you really gotta have both to cover the bases at least for what I do. I love the JX305 and will never sell mine. I couldnt do without.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-13-2003 at 00:05
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