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Average rating: 2.9 out of 5
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Rich a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Ok for teaching beginners about drum sequencing. But even they would get pissed off with it after two or 3 hours. Aphex twin used it on his latest album though!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-28-2002 at 15:42
chris pattersn a hobbyist user from Harrow-UK writes:
Can't help agreeing with Frankie. I've got a 7 or 8 assorted drum boxes ranging from cheap n nasty to pro spec stuff. This is easy to program and create "songs" on but it takes forever and the results (sounds)are dreadful. If you need to put a digital box through Fx and filters to make it sound anywhere near decent... bin it. Filters and and Fx should be options rather than necessities. It does have reasonably hi quality samples but its all a bit too clean, nice and gutless. good points......retro 80s looks. It's thin wedge styling makes it ideal for propping up wobbly tables.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-26-2002 at 09:27
Frankie a part-time user from us writes:
This was my very first drum machine and let me tell you this, if you own one get rid of it, its a piece of crap. The only good thing about it is learning the basic functions of a drum machine.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-25-2002 at 06:59
Counterfeit a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I've buy the RX-21 for 200$can & I was a bit dispointed at first, the drum sounds are not really good if you don't have any multi-effects box, I've try distortions but it didn't make the percussions sound better... but the snare are ok, the bass drum is acceptable if you "boost" it. The hi-hats are also ok.

What I like about it is the possibility to program "songs" by using a maximum of 999 patterns, you can program pretty good background percussions with it.

The bottom line with this drum machine is that you can get good patterns with it only if you read the manual correctly & work hard enough to program drum sequences who will be more modern than the preset ones.

Worth 40$-50$ maximum!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-29-2001 at 01:16
Chris Poacher a part-time user from U.K. writes:
I actually have the RX-21L and not the RX-21 which was it's latin counterpart and paid £25 for it about 4 years ago with no PSU or manual. The actual creating of patterns was quite easy compared to the roland standards of the time, Very much like the Casio RZ-1 except that the sounds are actually clearer; maybe not so much useful but better. It really depends what music you do. I do Funk Techno stuff and I found that buy sampling the sounds into an Akai S2000 and tweaking a bit the congas and toms( as well as that famous sound used on the stakker humanoid track as well as S-Express) they sound absolutely ripping through seperate outs with a little panning and e.q. Try layering them over a classic 909 4/4 beat in triplets and go for it freestyle. I love the sounds but I don't actually use the machine anymore. Anyone want to buy mine ????

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-02-2001 at 10:27
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