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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Rich a professional user from Vancouver Canada writes:
Ah, the silver Box. I've had mine for several years, and it's never meefed on me. I love it like a child, and dance floors love it almost as much. Somehow I doubt that MikeP's taco-influenced flatulence will rock a nightclub/warehouse party in the same way that my 303 lines do. And hey, let's face it, that's what really counts. Doesn't matter what tools you use, how does your audience respond to your music? Of course this assumes that you HAVE an audience to play to.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-21-2003 at 15:15
Rich a part-time user from uk writes:
Just got one second hand for £500. Only problem being that it didnt want to program in any notes apart from E!! Got my money back and am looking for another. Only had it for a few hours but...fat freebas, deep 9 and rebirth dont even come slightly close to it. Do youself a favour get the real thing!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-21-2003 at 14:35
Groovemaster a professional user from lost in silver box writes:
well i finally got the holy grail of dance music and after using it for only a short while i realized this box is truly awesome i have had rebirth for some time and finally decided to get myself a real 303..... first things first though for people like me who have/had Rebirth. get a real 303 rebirth can sound impressive with FX distortion etc but.... its missing something in the sound, fullness, more feel, more wobbley. i set up identical patterns on rebirth and the TB and although rebirth does sound good its just can't do the job a real 303 sounds so bloody wonky some patterns sound like musical torture it attacks the senses makes you feel alive..... THAT sound.... nothing compares to a real 303.

People say the 303 sound is outdated overused but come on i can write a whole melodic dance track lush strings pianos etc but if i even attempt to use a 303.... the devil machine takes over, out goes the feeling and warmth of a beautiful piece of music you have made..... first its the mellow bubble you introduce to. accompany your masterpiece then.... IT happens that nice relaxing feeling of listening to music is replaced by adrenaline fulled fucked up acid. lush strings are thrown out the window your whole song ruined because you can't get enough of THAT sound the filter sweeps, the accent, the scream,

now your on a high you can come down from. That is the 303.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-20-2003 at 03:41
DJ Horus a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
Short: The monophone bass synth incl. step sequencer with maybe the most impressive and somehow still unreached sound of analogue synth world. If you decide to buy it you know why you pay the very, very high price. Because then you get the original. In Practical use of it you should use strong additional effect processors and mastering equipment, so you are able to produce much more out of the just TWO soundsources SQUARE - and SAW - VCO. In my opinion techno wouldn´t be techno without the typical 303 - Sound. It can be run with batteries, i really used to take it everywhere with me when i just bought it, even to the toilet and keeped programming basslines and basslines. it is really fascinating, but you MUST like the (acid)-sound to be able to experience the exaltation.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-08-2003 at 18:41
j a professional user from TX writes:
The sequencer is cool on this machine, it seems to take melodies and "drift" them into similar melodies but just enough of a change to kind of trip you out (hence acid). Do I think it is worth 2K? NO, Do I belive it is woth 5-700 concidering the crap out on the new synth market today? Yes. The way this machine sounds just grabs you and makes people want to dance, I guess there are countless ways to try to explain it, I just know it does. Bottom line is this synth has character and works well in a mix. If you like other synths and want to make sounds never heard before buy a sampler or a VA, but I still believe innovation can still be achived by the 303, How many times have you heard a guitar? Ill sounds and quirky sequencer give it a 5. J.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-29-2002 at 12:05
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