Synth Site: Roland: MKS-7: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Jonathan a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This thing kicks ass in alot of respects, but above all, the fact that it is analog, and very cheap and has FOUR parts!!! is what makes it BTICHIN. you simply can;t fins very many analog synths with four dedicated MIDI parts. I did some much with this thing when i had it (it wasn;t mine, but i convinced a friend who didn;t hava any means to control it to buy thing.) now i'm jealous hardcore cause he has it. what sucks ii that it can;t save patches and it hard to edit. ut not impossible! You can even edit the patches formt he front panel!!! Just press the aprt you wish to edit, and MIDI chanel simultaneously and a blinking dash willcomeup. there are ceratin functions that you can edit by pucnhining ina number. I forget most but cutoff is "05" and resonance is "06" chorous, "25" and use the dynamic sensitivity slider to edit the parameters. There is a listing on one of the links to this site i think. I think its laods easier to edit than my JX-10, which i hate programming cause you have to do it twice since its two synths. I've even tweaked the MKS-7 live. i want one bad now

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-11-2001 at 01:49
MixMasterCid a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
yay juno sounds for $195 cdn, but for me to edit the sounds with my editor, i have to load the program first then switch the midi cable from my computer to my sequencer/keyboard etc... which gets pretty tedious unless im sequencing it from my computer . Its funny that people call it 3-106's in a box, #1 the bass section doesnt even have the same architecture, NOT 106 at all. #2 the melody section is 106 but doesnt have a noise generator. So its more like a 707, a single osc bass synth, and ALMOST one juno 106. which is nothig to complain about because that is enough to play with for what i paid. BUT the thing i WILL complain about is the lack of patch memory. I give this a 4.5, it sounds great.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-03-2001 at 11:05
Pato a part-time user from Canada writes:
I have an HS-60 (juno106) So when I picked this unit up for $99 CDN, I knew I could load patches from the HS-60 right into it. Well I really like the sounds you can get out of this. my Juno 106 editor I downloaded for free works great with it. It is a big unit. The reason they can be found cheap is the lack of memory. so you must have a way to store patches, like an editor program (Free on the net) or a Juno 106 or HS-60. Funny but I like some of the factory patches. It's like having a Juno 106 + a bass synth + a tr707 drum machine, and they all have their own outs or a mix out.It's a great analog machine.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-19-2001 at 21:41
Ben Lincoln a part-time user from USA writes:
It's not really fair to call this three 106s, since the bass part is a mono synth with a different patch architecture and the other two are basically a regular 106 split into 2+4 fixed polyphony (no noise generator on the 4-voice part =(), but this is still a great module. If it had MIDI out so you could grab the presets and edit them instead of starting from scratch it would be even better.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-16-1999 at 20:13
Timothy Carroll a part-timer user from USA writes:
All I can say is: Bas Ass Motha. Run that bass section through a nice distortion box or guitar amp or guitar fx processor, you can get some SICK sounds. You'll be TB'ing (and beyond) like nobody's business! Plus you got that phat 707 kick (although the rest of the drum sounds are merely okay), and a multitimbral 106. I got this thing at a STEAL for $100. Get it while it's cheap! Junos have gone up (on average) $150 used since I bought mine.. And I'm sure the MKS-7 will too, especially since it's making appearances in popular music magazines as "retro finds"... Who needs patch memory or a programmer when you have a computer and a sequencer like Cakewalk or Cubase, or some kind of patch editor software??? I dont! :-) I made a profile in Cakewalk Studioware that maps midi controllers to sysex patch parameters. So I can use my handy dandy CS2X's assignable knobs to tweak my MKS-7 in real time until I'm blue in the face!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-17-1999 at 22:43
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