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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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david a hobbyist user from ultraland writes:
I SOLD MINE BECAUSE I THINK THE SEQUENCER IS CRAP. I AM MORE INTO LINEAR SONGWRITING AND FOR THIS THE ROLAND GROOVEBOXES ARE USELESS. SO I BOUGHT AN RM1X. TH SOUNDS ON THE ROLAND WERE BETTER. VERY NICE DRUMS. BUT THEN, I LIKE SOUNDS THAT COME OUT OF A VA OR AN ANALOG OR SAMPLED SOUDS BETTER THAN PRESETS IN A ROMPLER.

lol

GOOOOOD PIECE OF GEAR TOUGH, REALLY GOT ME STARTED MAKING MUSIC...ok thats enough...but i think that, even marketed as a "groovebox", this can be a pro piece of gear.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-07-2002 at 09:46
Melt Styles a professional user from United States Of America writes:
I STARTED PLAYING ON A CONCERTMATE WHEN I WAS LIKE 15 YEARS OLD, AND I LOVED IT JUST BECAUSE I'M VERY MUSICALLY BALINCED. AFTER JUST MESSING AROUND ON THAT THING FOR LIKE YEARS, ONE OF MY OLD SCHOOL BUDDIES COME OVER WHEN I WAS PLAYING THE CONCERTMATE AND HE SAID HE HAD JUST BOUGHT A KEYBOARD. WELL ONLY PLAYING CRAPPY KEYBOARDS, I THOUGHT THAT WAS WHAT HE HAD. WHEN HE SHOWED ME THE KEYBOARD, I FELL IN LOVE. NOW AFTER ALMOST 4 YEARS I HAVE MADE 6 FULL LENGTH CD'S, A BUNCH OF TAPES AND I'M STILL COMING UP WITH FRESH A** SONGS. I THINK THE JX-305 IS ONE OF THE BEST KEYBOARDS MADE FOR IT'S TIME, BEING CHEAP BUT TO THE POINT. AND NOW YOU CAN'T FIND IT ANYWHERE. MINE STILL LOOKS BRAND NEW. AND IT SURE "BEATS" THE CONCERTMATE WHICH I STILL HAVE.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-07-2002 at 06:16
zman writes:
Everyone has opinions. And , here's mine...

I've owned and played about 30 synths, analog and digital over the past 15 years. Dance and techno are what I generally like to play.

The JX-305 is an odd one. On one hand it does have a basically good sound engine. On the other hand it is cheaply made and tries to give that 'touch of a button, ease of use, automatic groove, fun to use ' impression to those who like that kind of thing (i.e. Deejays).

It is basically an elongated groovebox. It needs better midi implementation , better construction, more outs, and less emphasis on one-touch grooves to be considered a serious synth.

A Korg Z-1. Now there's a synth.

Again, that's my humble opinion.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-28-2002 at 17:10
jef diamond a part-time user from OKC , OK USA writes:
FIRST OFF:Regardless of the negative things said about this synth...I bought one off ebay for $580 (total after shipping) and it was worth it. There are a lot of synths that are better...but so much more expensive! I needed a synth for live remixing purposes so that I could add to my deejay sets. I'm not an experienced keyboard guru but found this synth perfect for my needs.

SOUNDS:A lot of people complain about the cheesy sounds but hey you can edit your patches. Presets are presets...pretty much any preset on any board suck. I actually downloaded a patch editor for the MC505 and it does wonders for my JX305. For a deejay, my main concern was making beats...the drum kits rock (better than say a Dr. Rhythm). Do not under estimate the FX on this board. Besides if you really hate all the sounds that this board has...it runs midi, so hookup a sampler to it with your own sounds!

MC505 VS. JX305:I enjoy the drum kits especially (actually the main reason I wanted this synth versus others). The MC505 as a drum machine is actually better only because of its six outputs versus the JX305's one pair, but you still get the same kits and patches (usually for a lot cheaper). The advantages the JX305 has over the MC505 is that it's velocity sensitive and it has 61 keys.

ADD-ONS:I personally have two footswitches hooked up...one for use as a sustain pedal and the other as a controller for "tapping" tempo. I also use it to control my SP808 sampler (added sounds).

EXTRAS:The "part mute" is cool as hell. I utlize it a lot while playing live. Also, since keeping the beats in sync is of vital importance for a deejay...setting the control pedal to "tap tempo" mode is incredible (the board has a "turntable" mode that allows you to adjust pitch via the modulation lever...but its nowhere near the control you have on the turntables).

BOTTOM LINE:This is markted as a introductory synth for those who aren't expert keyboardists (i.e. the "groovesynth" monicker). If you're a deejay that actually can play the keys and need some remixing done...this is the keyboard for you! If you are a big-time studio musician this board can be useful, but like all midi capable synths...if you don't 100% like what it does...hook up the midi to something you do like!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-27-2002 at 23:02
Joe Darington a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Meh... I bought this thing about a year and a half ago and I'm seriously considering selling it. While it does have a very wide variety of sounds, and good drums, I find it lacking somehow. It's probably because in the end it is only a PCM synth. I do enjoy knob-tweaking on this thing, but it's not all its cracked up to be - if you just jump in and start twisting, very little will happen; it takes some setup.

And I hate it for being called the 'GrooveSynth'. What a load of stupid shit. Roland needs to stop putting out these low quality, over-targeted 'groove' products.

Anyway, all I can say is that unless you just want an introductory synth and something to screw around with, don't buy it. I'm sorry I did.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-05-2002 at 21:38
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