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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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sjmojo a professional user writes:
i bought mine w/ the pg200 for only $135 in 89.its good sounding but a little bit metallic feel of analog sound,same as jx3p.for me,its not deep enough.sh101 and 106 have more bottom end,but this is good at sweep and bellish effects,some hollow synth strings are nice.not the top quality module but w/ a pg200 u can have your little heaven of analog.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 15:20
WAVEVIOLATOR from UK writes:
The MKS range are a personal favourite. The MKS-30 is the smallest way to own a JX-3P!! Save some studio space and buy one of these. The best way to get a PG-200 is to buy one with a JX-3P then sell the JX-3P for the same price (you then get a PG-200 for free!) That's what I did.....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-25-2001 at 19:33
harry bellafonte a part-time user from USA writes:
Wonderful simple little synth. Easy w/o the PG-200, and even more wonderful with. Or, you could get the ROM upgrade for $110, and have everything acccessible by midi, as well as some other improvements, and then you could use any midi knob box and your sequencer.

Very similar sound to the junos, more akin to those than it is to the jx-8p. Except that it has 2 oscillators and sync and xmod.

You can get great juicy acid sounds as the filter self-oscillates, and the envelope is nice and quick. Excellent for acid trance, not quite as good for acid house as there's no portamento or anything. Of course, you could bend the pitch in your sequencer, so maybe it would be good for all out acid house tweaking.

If you can find one for $300, go for it. It's worth it, and they seem really cheap again these days...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-31-2000 at 19:02
Disease Factory of velvet acid christ a professional user from USA/COLORADO writes:
Got this synth recently with the pg200. Weee. i dig it, cool swells, nice pads, cool plucked type sounds, same filter as the juno 106, but man, it sounds much different, i think it makes better pads and plucked sounds than the 106, but cannot make fat bass, can squelch decently tho. Put some nice reverb, delay, and even flange and paze fx on this pup, and whoa, blows the shit out of most modern synths for pads etc..

Great for a cheap rack synth that is midi. very cool, and you can edit without the pg200, but its annoying.. very cool..

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-11-2000 at 06:38
mike estlick a hobbyist user from boston writes:
I get some really interesting sounds by using the metal osc mod and setting the osc's to perfect 4ths, 5ths, and 6ths. Osc mod is the secret to interesting sounds on the mks 30.

The osc's sound crappy when the filter is wide open (probably 'cause they are DCO's), but with the filter turned down a bit and the res up, it has great analog warmth. And you can't go wrong with a Roland chorus on board.

Set the osc to square, the VCA to Gate, mod the filter with the env, crank the res up, and put it through a guitar amp for instant acid relief.

I made a cool cheat sheet for my mks-30, so that it is easy to program with out the pg-200. It's in word95 format. email me for a copy.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-23-1998 at 15:14
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