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Average rating: 3.4 out of 5
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Andy a part-time user from England writes:
I bought one of these new when they came out, as it was about the cheapest sampler about at the time. It has a great grungy type sound, but having said that, some of the acoustic guitars in the Roland library were almost spot on. I used to use it a lot for drum samples - If I remember correctly, you could split the keyboard to have four different samples playing across four zones, which was pretty good for drums/percussion. The low (30Khz) sampling resolution didn't matter for drums.. I give it a 4, because for the price you could pick one up for today, you get a useful sampler, plus a MIDI keyboard. Just make sure you get some disks with it!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-12-2002 at 04:36
ratbatblue a part-time user writes:
I bought my S10 new. Paid about $900(Cdn) for it and at the time there was nothing else around for that price. I still gig with it. Only problem I've had was with the drive, which I immediately fixed with a new belt. In fact I recently purchased an S110, the rackmount version, for $25. For live performance these samplers sound pretty good and making samples doesn't come any easier than this. Definately pick one up if you can get it cheap with some disks...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-02-2001 at 13:06
Steve a hobbyist user from US writes:
I cannot understand why the S-10 is such a horrible piece of equipment. Ya wanna hear something?? I SOLD MY S-550 FOR AN S-10. Yeah, you heard me, sold the S-550 for an S-10. Let me tell you why. First of all, if anyone's really considering an S-550 or S-50, you should know that you're investing in dated sampling technology. So, if you like old sampling technology, get the real thing. Ths S-50 and 550 are annoying because you need a monitor and a disk drive to even boot up the machines and edit samples. NOT on the S-10. You just turn on the S-10 and you're set. Sampling's a sheer breeze and you can use your samples IMMEDIATELY after recording. Editing's pretty good for a sampler this cheap. The sound quality is pretty darn good if you're willing to EQ it a leetle bit. Bottom line: I prefer the S-10 to the S-50/550 snyday.

posted Monday-Feb-26-2001 at 04:42
Dave Lord a professional user from SWEDEN writes:
I was first trumpet in the orchestra for Starlight Express in London for the first five years. The sampler which handled all the train wrecks and orchestral "hits" was at first an Emulator. After two years we changed to a Roland S10 which did the job as well, if not better, and carried on with the S10 for at least three years more! I personally sampled and edited all the "crashes" and can truthfully say it was a doddle!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-04-2000 at 08:35
Jamie a professional user from Philadelphia writes:
The S-10 is sad, because it's a nicely built 4 octave sampler that was the little brother of the S-50. With only enough memory for 4 samples, and the use of 2.8" quickdisks, however, makes this thing pretty useless. It would have been nice if someone offered a memory upgrade for the thing, and a 3.5 drive upgrade. Doing those two things would have made this a really nice sampler for the musician on a shoestring budget. The sounds are extremely clean, and the user interface is pretty simple and straightforward. It's also a pretty cute-looking machine with the blue LCD display and sleek black casing. Don't bother getting one secondhand unless the seller is including a full library of sounds. A good use for the S-10 would be for elementary-type vocal samplings or percussion effect samples. Otherwise this thing is deadweight.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-20-2000 at 04:04
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