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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Jason Coghill a professional user from Australia writes:
I'm currently doing a regular acoustic guitar/vocal gig, and I have a full band backing thanks to the MV 30. I'm managed to get such realistic bass & drums backing that people think I'm playing along to the actual CD of whom I'm covering. It's very user freindly.

I'm interested in getting another one if someone can give me a contact. I'm in Geelong, Australia.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-26-2000 at 21:56
CoreBacK from France writes:
There is a way to make it play looped patterns with the RPS. What I did was to assign the patterns to eight (though it can go up to 20 or so) notes (on say channel 16) which I would have my TR505 (or later an MMT8) to send in/trigger (looped). That way you can even switch patterns for each track in real time (without changing the whole pattern for all tracks like on the MMT8). By changing page you can even change timbres for each track in real time too. But this way the mute buttons don't work, which is alright since the volmu faders still work for the internal tracks. Voilà :)

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-30-2000 at 07:03
john a part-time user from usa writes:
i bought this to fill out my studio a bit. i use mostly analog synths, and wanted something multitimbral. I was pleasently surprised by the filters, which sound very analog. By setting the velocity to control cutoff, and using a software sequencer, I can get smooth filter sweeps. Very nice for all styles of "electro" music. The synth roms are my favorites, the detuned waves sound great. Even the drums are usable. The sequencer is nice, but I prefer pattern based sequencers. Is there a way to play a track looped? I haven't been able to figure it out yet. Any assistance would be appreciated. All in all, a great box. I've used it for everything from hip hop to hardcore techno to film scores.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-26-2000 at 22:38
Steve B a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I got mine real cheap, by trading in lots of stuff I no longer needed. I also got both of the cards that were specifically designed for it.

It's a great box. The sounds are good to excellent, and the onboard effects are quite adequate. Hook up a keyboard and you are away.

And that's the real strength of it. Switch on, load up in about 20 seconds and you are away. The sequencer is quite powerful enough to get ideas down, and doesn't get in the way like software sequencers sometimes do.

As it can save MIDI files, you are not stopped from doing the final production with another sequencer.

A good all rounder. The filters really do add a lot to the power of the internal synth, and the voices, though sometimes weak in isolation, blend together very well into a good ensemble. The sound engine is close enough to the D70 for a lot of patches to translate well. Perhaps not something to put at the top of your list of wants, but a good solid box that will meet a great many needs, smaller, faster and cheaper that other solutions.

It could also be a good upgrade route for anyone wanting to move on from an MC500 or suchlike, as it will happily read MRC 2.0 files.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-01-1999 at 10:25
Philippe QUENIN a hobbyist user from FRANCE writes:
It's a good machine. But you can't send sysex to the synth section, only to the sequencer section.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:09
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