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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Guy a hobbyist user from France writes:
Used both machines (mc505,rm1x) Finally bought the Rm1x, which is the best as far as editing is concerned. Plus it has disk support! A friend of mine still uses his MC505 + A3K and since he got his hands on Rm1x's samples for the A3K he seldom uses the so-called "groovebox". I just think after a while that the Rm1x is much more professional than the 505, first because it has less bugs and because of its ease of connectivity to third party gear without any hassle.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-06-1999 at 11:24
Tyrone a part-timer user from USA writes:
I had the MC505 on layaway for a time. It gave me a chance to really check out the RM1X. At first, the sheer cool-hip factor of the MC505 beat the RM1X. But I wished Roland had added a disk drive, so I could jump to Cubase easily. After looking real hard (several hours) at the RM1X sounds and patterns, I found they could mimick the MC505. And the bass boost on the Rm1X is woofer splitting. I can't wait to make some hip-hop flavored smooth jazz and contemporary, R&B flavored Gospel with the RM1X.

The fact that it is a true sequencer is too exciting also. I'll have it by October. I like being able to easily bring in a SMF and add the hip feel to it easily. The MC505 is too contained. Hey Roland, get a disk drive in that thing!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-04-1999 at 18:41
bert of Kosmic a hobbyist user from Netherlands. writes:
The rm1x is very powerfull and easy to use. I use the rm1x connected to my roland jx-305 groovesynth; a combination that works quite well.

I decided to create a website about the rm1x, with a download sections for songs etc.

check out:

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-14-1999 at 17:45
Jake a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Own'em Both. Similar machines in some respects....very different in a whole lot more.

The 505 gets a bad rap by virtue of having the word "Groove" stamped on the front...I guarantee you if the machine was made by Korg or Quasimidi it'd get much more respect. It's a really powerfull tool once you learn how to use it, you'll need to edit the sounds to really break some boundries with it..but very possible. The greatest asset of this machine is it's speed at getting ideas into simple to program. This is what I love about it the most.

RM1X is just a sweet box...and given the cost it's just right up there for product of 99 in my book. Great sequencer, sounds are relatively good.....combined with something like a JV1010 you'd be unstopable.

As you'll see on many websites both machines have ther strong points and their weak spots...but show me a synth that doesn;t have weaknesses.

In all, if I HAD to choose, I'd go with the RM1x just because of bang for your buck.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-08-1999 at 22:56
andy crosby a professional user from usa writes:
well..a nice box for live sequencing. i am really enjoying being able to export patterns i make on the computer as midi files and dropping them right in the rm1x for doing the arrangement with all the knobs and buttons etc. fun and much more creatively stimulating than sitting around thinking "ok, bring this part in at 32 bars, do another thing here at 64...blah blah blah" tweaking live has really let me make arrangements according to how the song is flowing and feeling right there. anyway the internal sounds are iffy as expected but i found a few useful ones (including a really wicked snare sound i haven't heard elsewhere). i mostly trigger external gear with it so i can't say i've really messed with 'em. i was quite disturbed when i ran out of user phrase memory on my first song (like 5 measures of super-minimal beats) but discovered that basically i was editing my sequences in a weird way the rm1x didn't like. a little more organization should keep me in the clear. it also seemed like you only got 256 total phrases (which translates to about 16patterns*16tracks)according to the manual but this is 'per style' so its actually like 900 or something. i was a little worried there for a minute though, the manual is not very clear on what thats all about.. the only thing i'd really like to see is the ability to change from one section to another and not have the clock re-start with each new section. you can do this with 1-bar granularity but i want to use the 16-th note feature. the way it is now is ok for some stuff but if you mess up and miss by 1/16th ever all of a sudden the whole box is out of sync with where the beat should be. so it kinda nixes that feature for live performances where i might hit something at the wrong point when somebody bumps the table or i spill my drink or whatever ;) anyway all in all i am having a blast with it. good job yamaha for taking the sequncing aspect of a box like this seriously and not trying too hard to make it just a toy with pre-made crap you can 'remix" hehe..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-18-1999 at 15:02
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