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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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AdamT a part time user from UK writes:
MKS70.. Rackmount version of the JX10 with far better MIDI (full sysex capabilities), 50 RAM voice presets is far too few (I mean come on Roland, even a flamin` 1978 REV1 Prophet has 40) and the M64 RAM cartridges are expensive (if you can find them as they fit the MKS80 and TR909 also), the ROM presets are almost as naff as the factory RAM ones full of DX impersonations etc. BUT!!! what an excellent sounding machine, easy to edit from the panel but Plug in that PG800 programmer and you`ll have Rolands crap RAM sounds wiped over with powerful pads, washy backdrops and great atmospheric effects in no time. This machine is not particularily FAT but jeeez is it smooooooth, More `organic` than most if not all other DCO machines and capable of creating walls of sound easily. with it being a rackmount and Bi-Timbral (complete with separate MIDI channels, Splits, Layers etc) it integrates well into the 90`s Computer-sequencer generation nicely. The 70 is really an excellent buy and not much dearer than the 6-voice JX8p and a better bet than the clumsy, Midi crippled JX10 (which uses the same guts if not software).. not comparable to a Jupiter as they sound totally different and complement each other. One word of warning, when hearing one DON`T go by the presets, Like the ones in the Jupiter 6 and most Roland Analogs, they really ARE that bad.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:08
Simon Floth a part time user from Australia writes:
I picked mine up second hand a few months back. It seems to have a problem with fast attack, big bottom sound, intermittently spitting out a low level cruching noise on attack. Just as well I mainly wanted it for slow attack sounds. In that department at least this thing is worth a mint. By the way, I didn't get a programmer, but was overjoyed to find that I could make a complete programmer in software using faders in Emagic's Logic Audio. Picture a PG800 on the screen and that's roughly it. Drop me a note if you'd like a copy. But that's not all that makes this beastie good with a sequencer. It has a mono mode which is ostensibly for use with a guitar tracker - 6 note's input simulataneously on 6 midi channels. I use those channels to send constant .5 cent slow sine-fluctuating POLYPHONIC pitch bends for truely analog sounding pads, and the results are mind-blowing - silk smooth and wide as the ocean!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:08
Alan Broady a hobbyist user from UK, now living in The Netherlands writes:
Just to add to the raves already here. This is a simply fantastic synthesiser. The sound is so deep, wide and beautiful - this is mainly due to the authentic vintage Roland resonant filters. It's great and I love mine to bits - had it for seven or eight years and I would not be without it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:08
steven sauvé a professional user from Canada writes:
was just about to off mine due to lack of use, when i played a few notes and realized how nice it sounds...smooth as butter, great bottom end, 12-voice, and very editable...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:08
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