Worst Roland Synth EVER!

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Post by Juno6 » Tue May 13, 2008 4:54 pm

MC303 and XP-10

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Post by D-Collector » Tue May 13, 2008 5:08 pm

SH-201 for me as well. Tried it for quite some time in a shop about two weeks ago, and it left me utterly dissappointed. I mean, for a price tag of 1000$ it felt so incredibly cheap.

Second on the MT32 too.

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Post by th0mas » Tue May 13, 2008 5:09 pm

MC-303.. only usable sound was the 808 kick. Plus you'd record in realtime and then those notes wouldn't show up on the step grid but you had to click through the midi events on the 4-character LED screen? ridiculously bad.

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Post by gcoudert » Tue May 13, 2008 5:42 pm

V301H wrote:I thought the D-70 was pretty bad. It should have better than a D-50, but wasn't even close. Not a particularly good master keyboard despite having 76 keys. Bought one new direct from Roland without trying it first. Fortunately I was able to sell it for what I paid.
D70: basically a U(2)20 with a synth engine... of a sort. Impossible to fathom without a manual; strange architecture whereby you had to save tones, patches and programmes separately; that function that allowed you to alter the length of the sample never yielded any good results. Actually, I did think it was a good master keyboard and the raw sounds were usable but that synth engine was so poor. I hated it.

Indeed, it was no match for the D50's synth engine.

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Post by gcoudert » Tue May 13, 2008 5:42 pm

V301H wrote:I thought the D-70 was pretty bad. It should have better than a D-50, but wasn't even close. Not a particularly good master keyboard despite having 76 keys. Bought one new direct from Roland without trying it first. Fortunately I was able to sell it for what I paid.
D70: basically a U(2)20 with a synth engine... of a sort. Impossible to fathom without a manual; strange architecture whereby you had to save tones, patches and programmes separately; that function that allowed you to alter the length of the sample never yielded any good results. Actually, I did think it was a good master keyboard and the raw sounds were usable but that synth engine was so poor. I hated it.

Indeed, it was no match for the D50's synth engine.

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Post by JMP » Tue May 13, 2008 6:08 pm

Can't say I've had a particularly 'bad' Roland synth but of all the ones I've owned and played, disliked the JX8P the most due to looks, user interface, membrane buttons and keyboard action. Velocity action was shite and after-touch was non-existent, a common problem I believe with these, although my model had been badly treated previously.

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Post by mute » Tue May 13, 2008 8:20 pm

SH201 wouldn't be bad if they had the price right, but they don't.. it's way way off. Anyone else also notice it has way more similarities to the JX3P than the SH101? Even marketing wise...

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Post by BlackGnosis » Tue May 13, 2008 8:28 pm

I think the SH-201 was an alright beginner synth, it was ment to be given to n00bs if I recall. I rip on the 303 cause its something you had to sit down for HOURS and learn to work, for sucha simple machine witha simple interface it was rather complicated, not CZ-101 complicated but certainly up there. dont get me wrong, I like its sounds and I like how it works, but then again I have a lot of spare time currently. I like my JP-8080, though its a tad complicated, if you had some synth knowledge its a breeze to work with can its as complicated as you want it to be. the 303 on the other hand could be put to work right away, however to get the sounds and sequences you want right takes a bit of experimentation.


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Post by Syn303 » Tue May 13, 2008 8:49 pm

I would add in the VP550, such a cheap attempt for Roland to emulate the VP330, the VP550 comes nowhere near it. Prices for the 550 have been coming down and down ever since, while the 330 seems to go up and up.
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Post by Synthprophet » Tue May 13, 2008 9:26 pm

What de la funk is the idea with this thread? Seems quite pointless. Some just hate the 303 by nature, others don't understand why... what's the point here? What makes a synth good? Or what are the advantages of these mentioned synths. That would be more interesting to read about :D
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Post by madtheory » Tue May 13, 2008 10:10 pm

I have to disagree- the VP550 is a very classy sounding vocoder, and very nicely built IMO.

The D5 is quite poor alright. One or two good sounds, but as has been advised on here many times, just get a D50.

The XP-10 is good- OK, it's a cheap case with a nasty keyboard, but the synthesis is... well, it's a JV1080, innit?

The SH-201 is very poor alright. No depth to the sound. You can spend a few hours with it and think you're getting somewhere for a while, but ultimately it doesn't cut it. Quite a strange experience. It's nothing like a JP8000.

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Post by adamstan » Tue May 13, 2008 10:29 pm

madtheory wrote:
The XP-10 is good- OK, it's a cheap case with a nasty keyboard, but the synthesis is... well, it's a JV1080, innit?
It isn't. Keyboard version of JV1080 was XP-50 (adding sequencer). AFAIK XP-10 is something more like JV-35.
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Post by sensorium » Tue May 13, 2008 11:18 pm

I vote for the SH-201....not because it's not a 101, but for the simple fact that it sounds/looks like total sh!t!

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Post by voltageHead » Tue May 13, 2008 11:36 pm

The Roland MC-303 was the first programable drum machine I owned.I wish that I did'nt waste so much time with it.I sounds like c**p.The Step SEQ lags when you enter notes in to it.I disgraced the TB-303 because for awhile everyone thought that the term 303 meant the MC303.
Those were strange times.............

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Post by aredj » Wed May 14, 2008 1:03 am

MC303 was my first too... the only advantage to learning that box first, was everything after was so dreamy...
The midi implementation on the mc303 is completely retarded too..(If you ever bothered using it in sound module mode)

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