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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Shagg from USA writes:
Ok just got one, and Yes it is pretty unintuitive to use. BUUUUUUUUUT I did manage to figure 99% of it out in about 3-4 hours of messing around with it.

Sound quality is average to lo-fi(thats a GOOD thing). The filters are pretty cool as well, can really F**K up the sound. It is kind of a pain to map a drum kit to it, and loading is slow, but what do you expect for 1987-88?

It think that this sampler is overlooked far too often for akai. It really isnt THAT hard to figure out....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-08-1999 at 10:44
Din Namhell a professional user from USA writes:
This god damn fucking piece of shit is cool to sample with, but impossible to use. I can't fathom why those cocksuckers at Roland decided to make it so an engineering degree is necessary to turn on the power. This beast has horrible midi interface and a patch/tone system of mythical proportions. (It claims that patches can be created, but I can't figure out how.) There have been days that I've loved it and days that I've wanted to smash it or throw it though a window, but it's all I've got. God Damnit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
Brent Haeseker a 0 user from usa writes:
A very stupidly designed sampler. A complete boneheaded interface designed by non musician lab rat engineers who have no clue how to logically layout their designs so people with common sense can use it. Even with a manual it will leave you scratching your head going &quot;Huh?&quot;. I figured out a K2000RS (which has sampling) without a manual as it's sampler was intelligently laid out and made sense. Of course the K2000RS is newer and more expensive, but I understand all Roland samplers including the new Roland samplers are based on the same layout as the S330, S50, etc. Yuck! One the bright side, one highly cool feature is the moniter output so you can view what your doing on a computer screen. As a bonus it works with all most any moniter (I use an old Lazer Apple IIe clone moniter, worth about $20, and it works great). The moniter is highly recommended as the front panel of the S330 is very cryptic. I also highly recommend the optional RC100 and mouse (you can still buy the mouse thru Roland, I got the RC100 used for $50). As a basic sampler it's really not that bad for the price (I got mine for $299 used). Also it sounds real good for 12 bits. If you got more patience than me, the manual and moniter hooked up you could have yourself a pretty good little sampler (just keep in mind - NO SCSI!). Also make sure you got the Disk software that runs the sampler, if you don't you can get it from Roland without a charge. Also, keep in mind that some of Akai's new samplers such as the S2000, S2800, etc. are getting cheap in price and have been on the market a couple of years thereby increasing the chance of getting one cheap on the used market. These samplers offer much more in features and ease of use. If you can spring for it, go for one of these Akai's instead.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
David Waugh a professional user from Canada/Korea writes:
Had one, used for years, sold it, miss it. The Roland library was hit and miss, but the machine's patch architecture was pretty versatile, provided you had the screen. Cool trick for the screen, btw- Radio Shack sells (sold?) an RF-modulator that takes an RCA video signal and turns it into coaxial RF, which can then be fed into any TV. You can get silly little black and white TVs for $60 (3 inch)... makes a great portable display unit. Much better value than the multi-money Roland monitor.

Also- the &quot;Director-S&quot; sequencer was highly unintuitive, but I miss its method of cycle-recording which in some ways is more creative than Cubase or Cakewalk...

And at only $300 used, I should get one again..

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:12
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