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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Alien Syndrome a professional user from Canada writes:
Regardibng the review that suggested this is not a worthwhile mdoule, along with the following: "But the shops probably won't sell it, so offer them $250, or maybe $200 for it. If they're smart, they'll do it". Well, I guess I got a good deal at $50...a superb addition to my studio. The other alternative would be to get your hands on Edirol's Orchestral VST, but the nice thing about the Roland Mse-1 is that you don't have to wory about pulg inlatency, for one thing. VSTI's are great, especially when sharing the load with external hardware gear. Soem vintage synths can now be purchased 'dirt cheap' and still make for a viable alternative to going 'soft synth' alone. The MSE.1 comes alive in a mix where stirngs, or string pads are needed.Blend in with, say, a KawAI K1's dark atmospheric tones, a Yamaha TG55's breathy choirs, and top off with a few of your favourite soft synths, add a touch of VST FX (Fabfilter's Timeless and/or Volcano, ad a dash of imagination...and you'll soon discover what many have already discovered...limitations don't have to be limitations, and for those who can't aford the more expensive gear, there is now an obvious solution, and, given the prices youcan now get these modules at, well, nothing to complain about really.My MSE 1sits under a Kawai K1r, on top of a Yamaha TG55, all platyed from my main keyboard controller, a Korg Wavestation EX. Each has pad sounds of it's own, but adding touches of MSE 1 really does add an elemnt of realism which, for me, amkes it a worthwhile module to hang on to and use, regardless of the things it cannot do.

A must have for anyone who wants realisitic strings but is on a tight budget.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-30-2011 at 21:10
frank a professional user from US writes:
A great realistic strings box complimented by a great set synth sounds. An editor is key to getting the most out of the M-SE1. I've created some very interesting pad sounds from the 162 waveforms available.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-18-2004 at 16:44
sam massi a part-time user from usa writes:
BEST strings for the $.Easy to use.Something for everybody in this little box.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-14-2001 at 19:00
Avery Brooks a professional user from USA writes:
I have a solution to the GM problem with this. In general, you shouldn;t even try to use the roland expansion series as GM modules. (the whole idea of these were the addition of specific sounds which were lacking from your main module, or synth. Anyway, in most sequencers you have the option of displaying generic patch names (1-128) or the GM names. Select the generic names. For patches > 128, select bank 128. For < 128, use bank 1. In the book, if there was a patch number 170 for example, you would enter 42 as the patch number, and 128 as the bank.

Now wasn't that easy? So don't complain... i love my sting ensemble. Great for atmospheric d'n'b. The percussion is lacking, but hey, I didn't buy it for the percussion.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-04-1999 at 10:08
Samuel Agesilas a part-timer user from USA writes:
Do not listen to anybody who says this module sucks and should go buy a JV1080 or roland xp50(ahem! Nicholas White). I've been taking classical violin for 10 years now and will shortly commence my classes with a private Rumanian instructor. So listen up because unlike some of the losers on this comments page, I do know what I am talking about.

This module sounds fantastic!!!, especially for the buck. The ensemble patches are wonderful. You have several different types of ensembles to choose from so there is one patch you are bound to love at least on of them. The pizz patches are very realistic and the violin, cello, and C. Bass are pretty convincing if played and sequenced properly. This module boast a legato control which is bent on immitating acousting sounding string attack articulation. As far as the string arcticulations the spic patches do a very good job at doing so. The synth pads are usuable but nothing special. You may want to use them, just to take some load of your main tone generator. This module does come with a horn sample but it really sucks, compared to my horn patch on my Yamaha SY77, but then again roland has always sucked at making reed and brass sounds. The orchestal drums set was the only dissapointment, it only comes with a timpani sample, a sleigh sample, slapstick and triangle sample. No cymbals snares or bass drums. But the Harps samples is just beautiful.

This module was not meant to be heaviliy programmed, so anything you want change beside your normal parameters live volume, pan, Reverb & Chorus, Key Shift, and Tuning will have to be done via sysex. For all of you people who don't like this module because of its "limiting editing features" get off you ass and learn how to use sysex. The only editing I did on this module was performing a sysex dump for the performance settings.

Bottom line: If you do anytype of orchestration or use a lot of strings in your arrangments or pieces, get this module, I only paid $179.99, brand new. So its a great bang for the buck. If anybody needs information on where to get one for this price, and /or .mp3 sound demos to hear. email me at

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-06-1998 at 12:51
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