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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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hexfix93 a professional user writes:
Well, the 70 is more of a pad machine, the shape of its env is not so much for bass. The mks50 can do good bass, its not 106, but its good. it has a betterr env that can be really slow, i like the pwm, and the waveforms more. but the 70 can layer tons more soudns . i prefer the 50 for acid noises, buzzes and bass and leads. But the 70 can do fm type bell things, some ok bass, killer fat layered pad/strings sounds that are phenom. 2 mks 50s could pull off the pads but not he fm or osc sync that the 70 can do. its a toss up, i like pwm too much to live without..

to be honest. buy them both. use sound diver, dont get the pgs.. mks 50 and mks70 together would cost about the same as a mks70 and its pg.. so.. get both!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-20-2002 at 09:04
neven a professional user from berlin, germany writes:
hook up your mks/jx with an oberheim matrix 1000 via midi (they are sonically similar) and - hey presto! - you got yourself amazingly fat, beautifully shimmering, rich pads à la Matrix-12 or Jupiter-8...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-31-2002 at 14:56
neven a professional user from berlin writes:
The Super JX can sound just as big as a Jupiter-8, might be even a little weirder, yet is silkier in tone and lacks that slightly annoying metallic and nasal 80´s quality that both jupiters 8 and (more so) 6 exhibit. I think the hype surrounding Jupiters sucks, and i believe the JX sounds less "period" or dated. Sold my JP-6 to get an MKS-70 with programmer, and, boy, the programmer ist WAY better suited to sublte fingering than the big clumsy sliders on the jupiter keyboards. interested in hearing your opinions...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-27-2002 at 11:20
Carl Bessette a part-time user from Glendale, RI USA writes:
Bought mine for 350.00 as a rack mount replacement for my jupiter 6 I had sold a few years earlier. It is heavey and like most of the MKS series will stick out the back of all but the deepest racks. The sound is excelent!! The long flouresent display is one of it's best features! Patches can be song titles (18 characters) and can be easily read from 10 feet away in the dark! Capable of huge "Manheim Steamroller" type voices. Built like a tank, mine has never given me any trouble. Factory presets are passable with a few tweaks. Lots of creative possibilities. Played from my Kurzweil Midiboard, filters respond to pressure like nothing else! It is the perfect compliment to any stack and stands on it own as well. It can emulate FM sounds as well as FAT Oberheim analog. 12 Voices stackable..very flexible. Chorus is good, but pulse width mod is sadly missed. Don't be afraid of the interface. Parameters can be dialed in very quickly with a little practice. Sonicly blows away most synths, but I miss the intamacy of the JP6 's real buttons, LED indicaters and sliders. Time and money well spent! I will NEVER part with it. Much other gear has come and gone, this module is forever!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-06-2002 at 01:55
Stefan a part-time user from germany writes:
Just got my Roland MKS70 and I am extremely happy with it! I have a PG800, too! Since this is my first synth it will take some time to get behind everything but one thing I can say for sure: the sound is fantastic! Really analog sounding - and this synth can make about any type of sound, but it´s especially good for pads, leads and cool, creepy sound fx. 5 out of 5!! Btw., I got Version 1.04 - does anybody know what type of improvements until V1.08 were made? I won´t need Sounddiver or other soft librarian support, I just want to know if some other things would be improved and if it would be useful for me to upgrade, if I come across 3 ICs here in germany that is. Great machine!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-15-2002 at 19:13
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