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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Moses Blue a professional user from US writes:
I have used the Ms-1 for many years. It has excellent sound quality and many features. I have never read the manual and I know it inside out. If your really serious about your sampler feel free to email me and i'll try and help you.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-02-2003 at 11:36
Chris a hobbyist user from Taiwan writes:
I've used it for a long while and pleased with it! you can download the latest OS version 1.13 at http://www.roland.co.uk/GR10/updsearch.asp It's a MIDI file contained with only system exclusive. Just load the MIDI file in your sequencer that can tranmit the SysEx data, send it to MS-1, the sampler automatically reboot and it's all done! (For safety, you could backup the old OS in case it fails!) But I think it's OK!

For storage you can try Compact Flash(CF Card) with a "Compact Flash to PCMCIA" Adaptor as ATA Flash card is hard to find! I've tried IBM Microdrive 1 GB but MS-1 took a long time to format that card...I Reset it and then it showed available REC time was only under 20min or less! Before you buy the storage device, you'd better try as many other CF cards as possible until MS-1 recognize it and show the exactly accurate sampling time!!!

I lost my manual,too. Could anyone help?!!

posted Wednesday-Feb-12-2003 at 03:46
A a part-time user from italy writes:
it's a good piece of gear, good quality sampling, and if you already have a sequencer, a wonderful drum machine sample bsed. there's no other way to have a sampler with about 128mb of memory (with compact flash) spendind not much than 150$, memory card included. the only thing you have to do is to upgrade to the operative system version 1.02, once downlodable from the roland site. now that good fellows removed it from the site AND I DON'T HAVE THAT UPGRADE; DAMN; IF SOMEONE CAN HELP ME PLEASE SEND ME AN E-MAIL, I'LL BE GRATEFULL FOREVER

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-31-2003 at 08:14
Ralph a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
Just somme comments about the MS-1: You cannot use it as a real (keyboard) sampler replacement. It cannot play back samples at different pitches (by controlling it from a MIDI keyboard), nor can you change the samples' pitches individually. The only way to match the samples' pitches is to alter the total system pitch before recording a new sample to make pitches match. Next, you can only play 1 sample from Flash Memory simultaneously, while from internal memory you can play up to four mono voices (stereo requires 2 voices). It's a great sampler however, for what it is intended to be: A simple Phrase or DJ sampler.

BTW, thanx D Vrecko for the memory clue!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-21-2002 at 11:04
chitotithe a hobbyist user from US writes:
I got my MS-1 on ebay a while back with no memory (which sucks), and I've found it useful for taking long jams and condensing them to a more listenable and concise format. It's also cool for making long, spaced-out jams sound like techno. I regret not buying something with more capacity for memory, though.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-04-2002 at 20:04
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