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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Michael Wood a part-timer user from USA writes:
I have 2 words for you


Once you've sent your 303 off to Australia and had the Devil fish MOD implemented, you will then have Satan in a little silver box.

The 303 is overused, but there is still so much more to get out of its circuitry. It just requires a good mod and then it becomes worth the price of admission.

I entirely agree though, if you want crazy sounds and you are just starting out, you should look elsewhere. Everyone I know who has bought one of these has done so after building a solid studio and developing their musical skills. It's a great tool to have in todays dance world, but it has to be used properly...

Again, all you need to do is modify it (DEVIL FISH!!) and you have the worlds most powerful silver box. It basically becomes a 777 on steroids with the unique 303 character.

I've been able to make mine sound like some wierd cave dwelling alien moaning about his recent breakup with his alien wife. Or something like that... Very UN-303...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-21-1999 at 03:56
niklas707 from Miami writes:
yup, this is the best, from crunchy bass lines to screaming acid, nothing compares. A good buy for under $900. I got one now in almost mint condition, and I am keeping it. Yeah, Rebirth sounds good, but it's no TB. Sync it to a Roland 707 or 727 and it's all go. I only wish the cutoff/reso/mod etc buttons were a little larger.

and forget the 777 too...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-10-1999 at 22:51
Daniel a part-timer user from Sweden writes:
I've been into tb-cloons for some years now. But there is nothing like the original not even RB338, witch i think have destroyed some of the tb-cult. I think that the tb i more a rythem-instrumment then a synthesizer or some hybrid synth - rythemtool.

I Bougth my Tb-303 expensive but I belive it's worth every penny I paid for it. If you want the right sound there are no cheap ways I say. It sounds like no other machin I ever heard and I've heard some.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-04-1999 at 04:18
JB a part-timer user from England writes:
For those that think Rebirth is as good as a real TB - well it's not, it's similar, NOT as good as. To those that think that the TB is the best synth ever - Come on, be honest. Many synths can sound *like* a 303, fewer can replicate it closely but what other synths can a TB sound like? Do you not agree that its uses are somewhat limited? It may be the most instant acid-machine and fun to play with but unfortunately that's all been done before - for the last 10 years. If I saw another for around £100 I can't deny that I'd buy it but anyone who pays more than £300 ($500) has got to be lacking something! (yeah, I know a 303). Is it really as good as everyone says? It may have caused a revolution in dance music (mind you, to a smaller extent so has the DX100!) but do we have to repeat over and over again about how good it is, give it 12 months and it'll be slung in the corner never to be used again. For as little as £300 more you could get a gorgeous Jupiter-8, a sexy MKS80 with PG80 programmer will cost about as much as two TB303s, where is the logic?

Having said all of these scathing comments on the little silver devil please let me just say that although the TB303 isn't my favourite synth (and I have owned one) I like it a million times more than an MC303, MC505 and whatever else Roland have pawed off as being "Retro" lately.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-20-1998 at 10:12
Jim a part-timer user from UK writes:
The sound is awesome, pure acid. No amount of emulation will ever replace the value of actually twiddling the controls in real time! Although there are good emulations and copies around, they lack the character the original Roland offering provides. It's time for people to stop knocking it.

What gets me, though, is the rediculous price asked for them. I heard of a pair of 'as new' examples going for in excess of UK£3000 to a private colector.

Long live the Bass Line!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-03-1998 at 12:10
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