Synth Site: Roland: SC-880: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Richard Downings a professional user from Simi Valley, CA USA writes:
This unit is clearly designed for a midi performer or song writer. Right out the box you can run your sequences in GM, adjust/assign effects, perform basic mixing functions, assign instruments to midi channels, without reading the manual. Before purchasing this unit, I auditioned the JV1080 and JV2080(dark sounding), Korg's TR-Rack (awful interface), a couple of Yamahas (thin), and an Alesis (dark). Only the SC-880 has clarity and realistic sounds overall. The Korg is the hands down winner for a performance synth, but with GM, you have to re-assign your channel sequences to match the Korg's patches. In other words, the Korg is not GM friendly. Roland has done a good job with this unit in design and ease of use. However it is curious that Roland does not indicate in the manual if the preset sounds are sampled (PCM?)or modeled synthesis. The user interface on the panel clearly outshines most other units, and the built-in Mac or PC interface eliminates the need for a midi box if you are using a computer. There are plenty of sounds available, and one cool feature is the midi A and B midi IN, which can turn the SC-880 into two separate synths with their own effects and patches. I think this is the best Roland sound module/syth to date. And will be for a long time.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-27-1998 at 04:04
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