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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Eric V a part-time user from Atlanta, USA writes:
Got mine about 2 years ago at guitar center for $900 b-stock. I perform live 80s covers and this synth can get me any sound I need. With sounddiver the thing is easy to program. could use more than 32 performances though. I have a memory card and will load one set of songs at a time. Thing is well built like all roland gear. In fact I dropped mine on stage last year and broke some keys off but no other damage (took a real tough fall) could have completely broken a less sturdy synth. Ordered some replacement keys from roland, opened the thing up and was back in business in a week. (BTW, replacing keys is a pain but a doable DYI project, email me if you need instructions) Short story...would buy again...great sound...versatile...needs a sequencer...your not gonna get any sampling...need a second set of keys (A-33 for me).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-07-2002 at 17:22
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Great machine!! Buyers should be aware though that the memory cards are not available anywhere except eBay if you are lucky. :) Its an important thing to know. Regular smartmedia wont work. You need the "old" type 5 volt cards which are not around anymore. Fortunately they do pop up on eBay once in a while, but that's your only hope.

posted Tuesday-Dec-03-2002 at 17:19
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Great machine!! Buyers should be aware though that the memory cards are not available anywhere except eBay if you are lucky. :) Its an important thing to know. Regular smartmedia wont work. You need the "old" type 5 volt cards which are not around anymore. Fortunately they do pop up on eBay once in a while, but that's your only hope.

posted Tuesday-Dec-03-2002 at 17:18
Theodore Kefalopoulos a hobbyist user from Alexandria-Greece writes:
I think this is one of Roland's best synth as it combines pro-quality synth sounds, a great master keyboard (4 assignable sliders, programmable keyboard), a To-Host port and a gift from Roland: 3 on-board SR-JV cards(Techno, Session and Orchestral I - that's a lot of money saving). Used in the ambient era, plug in the SFX and Vintage cards and you are away floating in dreams. All pads, synth waves, voices and FX sounds are of finest quality. Orchestral sounds and "real" instruments are of no interest to me (this is a SYNTHESIZER, not a piano or a guitar instrument, so treat it to synthesize and not to "emulate" sounds).Programming is deep enough and easy, although the effects section is a bit basic. This synth will be a part of my setup until I die! And that goes for my Korg X5DR too!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-11-2002 at 11:04
Tim Craig a professional user from Aberystwyth, UK writes:
I bought this synth despite bad press, because the good press sold me. I play in a live setup most of the time, and any recording I do on this doesn't rely on a sequencer as I record using cubase. It does pretty much most things I need, and despite much arguing the stereo grand piano patch does it for me and is far supeior to any triton or trinity sound I have heard. Yes there are better synths but it depends how specialist you need things to be. The number of patchs (over 1200) are wonderful. You will find what you need on this keyboard making it a valuable addition to a setup. I payed £500 pounds for mine second hand and will not regret it. Read the bad press and the good press and weigh it up yourself (check out sound on sound on-line reviews.

I use mine as my main keyboard, and play in an indie-rock band playing original stuff. I love mine and was glad I got mine cheap as it meant I could get a very decent stand and hard case for mine to protect this little beauty. It's all metal except the sides, no matter what anyone says, and try the aftertouch if you have never tried it before. All you do is press harder for some sounds and the patchs rise or fall in accordance to the filters you set, on strings try wiggling the keys and they do a slight vibrato. Wonderful. Simply wonderful. Learn to play before you try one and I don't think you will complain about the patchs. My only bitch about this keyboard is the fact you cannot change patches without the previous sound cutting off dead. Performance mode only allows a single EFX at a time, so if you want to switch from say an echo piano to a plain piano in a live situation it's gonna cause troubles. You better hope your timing coincides with the band else it will be a noticable cut live. Buy a kaoss pad from korg and add effects yourself. Ignoring that (as I do) and you have a super duper top keyboard which is up there with the best.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-28-2002 at 16:24
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