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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Day Lee a hobbyist user from California, US writes:
My neighbor gave me Roland MKB-300 midi keyboard controller (76 keys) with no accessories. I need help. What accessories should I get to play this keyboard? Is it all right to use 117V 11W power supply, DC 9V 500MA? A power supply of 125V 7A is right one? And What output midi cable should I use from connectors of five pins to my speaker? I appreciate for your help.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-03-2008 at 20:40
KolO a part-time user from nyc writes:
I got mine on blowout for about $600 in 1992 or so. It's still working perfectly. Every controller I try is flimsy compared to this. It is heavy to carry around though. With synths these days you have multiiple banks and this only gives you program changes upto 128 which is a bit of a pain. But for my home studio it's great. Outboard gear, tabletop synths, drum machines fit comfortably on the deep top panel. Transpose is fantastic. I wish I could find this with a seperate mod wheel rather than built in to the bend wheel, lighter and with a bank select. Aftertouch I do not miss. Just clutters up the midi stream in my opinion. I doubt you could find one these days. I've considered putting mine up on ebay a few times but always stopped because it would be so hard to pack being so big and heavy. I don't regret it at all. If you need a master controller for your studio and you see one somewhere, It's worth it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-04-2004 at 09:06
John Hobart a professional user from Phoenix, AZ writes:
I'm trying to split the keyboard so I can play bass with my left hand but the way it is set up iit slits at middle C. I've tried holding down the split key like the manual says but it doesn't show me where it is split or let me change the split. Any suggestions? THis is a great keyboard otherwise.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-02-2004 at 15:04
Pete a professional user from Midwest writes:
I own a MKB300 and a MKB1000 (swapped Greg Allman for the 1000) and wouldn't give it up for anything! I run a LARGE collection of S330/S550/S750's with them and it's the ONLY way to access that many sounds at you fingertips! One feature both have that somebody should have realized needed to stay is the TRANSPOSE! A little sliding key right next to the bend lever let's you INSTANTLY transpose while you're playing... VERY cool for playing with a brass section (how many good solo's do you know in B flat??) Also, the slider for DELAYING and adjusting vibrato is genius!!! If you are playing horn parts, well there just is NOTHING else (without spending the rest of your life programming) that will make this kind of realism. (NOBODY can vary the time frame or depth on the fly like these units) Yes, the MKB1000 IS heavy (just ask my road crew), but NOTHING anyone else has EVER made will give you access to so many sounds (in both plastic and wood key "feel") and will play as realistic as these 2 keyboards. Roland was WAY ahead of their time with these. You can have them when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-17-2001 at 16:02
Christopher J. Priest a part-time user from USA writes:
This is my main ax. I have a road case with a few modules (chiefly the Korg NS5R) and a mixer. I also use the Alesis QS6.1 which fits perfectly on top of the Roland without the need for a 2-tier stand. The Roland, as stated here, is indeed a nice compromise between the weightless synth feel and my Korg T1, which is too heavy for me to carry alone and too big to fit in my car. The MKB-300 doesn't have a perfect feel, but it is meaty and expressive enough that I can get more out of my performance with it than with the synths. Between the QS6 and the NS5R I have tons of sounds to choose from, with the Alesis doubling as my rehearsal board (so I don't need to drag my entire rig to rehearsal). I've owned the Korg for almost 10 years, dragged it across the country and back. A great board. The only problem: according to my tech at Pro Sound in Denver, the key bed for this board is no longer being made. If you have broken keys they must be replaced individually (instead of buying the 76-key bed as a single part). The quote to replace all 76 was $728, much more than the board is worth now. I'm having 2 broken keys and 15 that have minor cracks at the hinges (meaning they are about to break) repaired for a whopping $300. But it's worth it to me. I don't know of any other board that feels this good and that is this easy to transport. I believe the QS7 may be semi-weighted (about $799 street), but the QS8 is fully weighted ($1699), expensive and heavy. The Triton is even heavier and, price-wise, impractical. If you can find this puppy for around five bills, and if you have a killer module, you'll be very pleased with the board. Just be careful not to break the keys!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-30-1999 at 16:18
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