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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Honestly I think it's much better than the 808.

It's brilliant because it sounds quite unique and has some of the grungiest sounds I've ever heard when they're (im)properly modified.

I don't see how this could anything less than a 5

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 21:25
sjmojo a professional user writes:
its quite funny i saw mr simon cockell said its better than the tr808,but,i think its just a matter of personal taste,no big deal.anyway,the rx5 was better than rx11 indeed.i used a lot in my friend's home studio,it can easily blow my bros' rx11 away,the rx5 came out 1-2 years after the rx11,but has more control over the sounds,even it has individual sliders for different drums sample,just like tr707.but also has plenty of editing parameters,pitch,decay,reverse,u can even play a scale of electric basslines on its 24 pads,the sounds are good enough,bid kick and snares,realistic hihats,toms and cymbals,plus a lot of percussive and special effects(explosions,gunshots,screams,really a beta ver. of the general midi drum map sfx)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 19:07
André a professional user from Canada writes:
Good drum but hard to find beats made by programmers.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-02-2001 at 13:20
The Sawblade a hobbyist user from House of Rage USA writes:
I have had this for about a week and like it. Not as easy to program as a TR-505 or DR-550 but defintely more versatile. Sound quailty: Hard, dirty 80's sound - VERY NICE for old-school industrial - you have lots of control over pitch, envelope and pitch bend - Two accent keys are real good - Sequencer: Not visual - you can't see what you are composing but that's not bad because of the quantize - Controls: 24 pads is definitely really cool (beats the 550's "twelve" any day) - Keys have real nice springy feel to them - Only problems: When you assemble a song you cannot hear the pattern you are putting in the song - this SUCKS except for the fact that patterns on this machine can be 1-99 bars so really a song should only consist of 10-12 patterns if you do it right. MIDI: I use this to control my XD-5, Proteus/1 and Akai S1000 - works nicely although it's a drum machine and not a keyboard - you can adjust gate time from 0.01 sec to 1.00 second - no pads. All in all - cool to program drums or if you like those rough 80's beats.

posted Sunday-Apr-01-2001 at 23:10
scott a part-time user from USA writes:
this is an awesome drum machine. Not the best, but really good, I'd say it's above stuff like the R8, a lot cheaper too. I paid a bit much for mine ($200) but it was in great condition with all the accessories. They go for dirt cheap on ebay all the time because no one wants them. I use mine to control a Kawai XD-5. I considered selling both and getting an RY30 or something but I think the RY30 would be too clean-sounding. great for gritty nasty weird sounds because it can be edited extensively. 5-octave tuning range (loads of artifacts on the low end), auto bend, envelope, loop, etc. loads of features and functions (though it can get a little complicated). ROM cards are hard to find but I've got 4 of them (yay).

I tried copying voices from the card into a RAM slot then took the card out, did the initialize voice thing, and all the copied sounds were messed up. I'm guessing it's not supposed to do that but the effect was really interesting. one was a low sine thing and another was a noise burst. they made pretty good 808 sounds when edited :)

oh yes and it sucks for dance and most other dull commercial 4/4 junk because it's not a 909. Not the best for rock either. you can do any time signature you want and completely mutilate the sounds-it's begging for you to do something original with it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-30-2000 at 22:41
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