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Average rating: 3.4 out of 5
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Bernie Maier a hobbyist user from Sydney, Australia writes:
OK - so the S-10 isn't going to stand up to serious scrutiny compared with what your bog standard home computer can do nowadays. But it was the first keyboard I ever bought, and I am still using it as my MIDI controller for the gear I've bought since. That's all I can use it for, because at some stage the sampler circuits must have fried. Even as a MIDI controller it probably doesn't compare well with what's available now (no aftertouch etc., only 4 octaves). The thing I really like about it is the "feel" of the keyboard - it's not light and plasticy. And since it's good enough for my limited playing, I've not felt an urgent need to get a replacement keyboard controller.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-27-2000 at 04:39
Brian Andrew Marek a professional user from the United States writes:
Well, this unit gets bashed an awful lot, and for some very good reasons, but I bought mine for $70 and have been using it live and in the studio ever since. Part of the reason is that I don't place the same expectations on it that others do. I'm not trying to do any extravagent drum 'n' bass/techno/whatever collages; I mostly use Mellotron samples (where fidelity is hardly the issue, as a matter of fact, bring on the grunge!). I created a pretty nice patch for Mellotron strings and Mellotron flute; if you would like a copy, contact me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-25-2000 at 22:36
Wolf Z. a part-time user from Minneapolis writes:
Main reason for score: $99.95. Geez, I'd be lucky to get a squashed 800mSec stomp-box for that!! As for disks, I wouldn't have bought it, if I hadn't known that any decent office-supply store carries them -- Smith-Corona compatible word-processor disks. Yeah, I can't sync except to a click, but the S-10 has been *great* for loops & bleats (early Art of Noise would've bled for a sampler *this* flexible). Lastly, I didn't have a manual, yet it took me 2 hrs from first plugin to make a respectable loop, a darn good hack-time. SUM: if ya got $500+, get the S-50... if not, get an S-10, a cheap mike, and a 12-pack. Not studio stuff, but a bargain performer, & not impossible to use on-the-fly.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-11-2000 at 01:46
Mac a professional user from NewZealand writes:
totally worthless piece of shit that isn`t even any use as a mastercontroller as it only had 49 keys. as a sampler, shitty quickdisks bog all RAM and a distinct lack of decent filtering kill it. it was shit when it was new so it ain`t gonna get any better now. if you want a very cheap grungy 12bit sampler buy an S900, S950, DSS1, Prophet2000 or even an S612 if you have Quickdisks kicking around rather than this sad joke or it`s rackmount brother (MKS100). Wanna Roland? start at the S50 or S550.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-04-1999 at 03:42
zeke from DUMBASS writes:
Its a hunk of shit. But thats a good thing.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-04-1999 at 01:02
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