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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Mr Fish a part-timer user from Oz writes:
A great GREAT module. One could only imagine how much more popular it would be if it had patch memory and a PG programmer ala all the other MKS synths that roland made. Basically its a multitimbral rackmount juno-106, with the guts of a TR707 thrown in for good measure. Of course as roland seems to like doing with the MKS series, the module is slightly different to the keyboard version, with added velocity sensitivity but with slight differences to the noise generator and chorus. Compared to my alpha juno this thing is a big fat monster that growls and misbehaves no matter how carefully i program it.....it makes a great contrast to the smoothness of the alpha.

Its a preset only synth, but it can still have patches downloaded into it (it just fergets them when you turn it off). So with the right patch editor/librarian (i wrote one myself), i would consider it to be a fully functional rackmount j-106. Any patches i need to be used in a song i just load into cakewalks auto sysex sender thingy, which sends them down whenever i open the song....making the whole preset synth problem a mute point.

So yes, i consider it a great synth if you want big fat resonating squealing freaky bass type sounds. I would give it a 5 but im deducting one point for the time i had to spend writing a patch librarian :)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-28-1999 at 03:34
Sucrose a hobbyist user from United States writes:
Very nice synth box... it can be a REAL hassle to program, and if you program it straight froma Juno 106, you're going to have some problems. It interprets Juno-106 SYSEX very well, but you need to turn down the VCA. Learn to use the engeneering mode and that'll be VERY easy. Put it in Combined mode so it's a sepereate Juno, get yourself a Juno-106, and you've got a crazy techno studio. It's VERY nice to make a sort of fake second oscilator for the Juno-106,l and byu itself, WITH a librarian it's very usefull. It's velocity sensitive on teh internal patches, and the buolt in bass pathces are VERY cool... i've made some kick-ass 303-like patterns with it, and sinec the bass's cutoff responds to velocity, you don't need to grab knobs to make the basslien sound very cool... so you can concentrate elsewhere. A nice synth, VERY heavy, not my idea of a lead instruemtn, but it CAN be usefull as a lead if you want. You NEED a Juno-106 or a Juno librarian for the ocmputer... and rememebr to turn down the VCA level.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-05-1999 at 00:00
digital writes:
One more time. To save anyone looking into this some money and some heartache, the drum section of this module is NOT analog, it is DIGITAL SAMPLE PLAYBACK and identical to a TR707 DIGITAL DRUM MACHINE. I would truly hate to see someone get ripped off by thinking this unit has analog drums. If it had analog drum it would be a much much more popular instrument.

posted Friday-Oct-30-1998 at 06:56
blitz a part time user from usa writes:
The Roland TR707 IS NOT ANALOG! I've sifted through about 20 posts across the net that keep saying that. The TR707 is a 12bit digital sample playback drum machine, NOT ANALOG AT ALL! I know I sound cranky, but some people are claiming this misinformation in their ads and the result is they are RIPPING PEOPLE OFF! Get your facts straight people.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:08
DaTripper a professional user from NYC writes:
This is a phunk phat lightweight analog alternative to my Juno and Cr drum machine. I love this I will nevr sell it. This think can phunk da floor!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:08
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