Submitted July 14, 2020 by Maria L in Mt.Bethel, PA
"Ok Sounds and Non-Intuitive Interface"
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By rights, i should have loved this product. I still have my Juno 106 i bought brand new back in the 1980s. I have a lot of Roland gear. This groove box leaves a lot to be be desired. I found the interface to be overly complicated. The JD-XI’s sequencer is a joy to use, but the limited amount of samples and no song mode hamper that groovebox. Still, i enjoy using it because minikeys don’t bother me. I think with this MC101 interface the programmers were trying for something Akai MPC style, but with a lot of menu diving. The Zen Core engine is just adequete. It doesn’t have the warmth of analog or the harsh metalness of an old Korg EMX1, which remains the gold standard of groovebox sequencing. Roland stubbornly persists with this VST in a cheap box. I think I’m losing patience. My Rev 2 sounds creamy smooth and beautiful; for Digital the Virus offers more flexability and a distinctive dark sound. My Jupiter Xm (and its pitiful auto accompliament that seems stolen from a Casio home keyboard)and this sad little groovebox don’t really compare to what’s going on in the synth world. Behringer is bringing out well built analogs, Sequential heirloom quality instruments with distintive sound engines; ditto Moog. Korg has brought out a number of affordable analogs or analog/digital hybrids. Nord, Arturia, Waldorf, and other manufacturers are going to put Roland out of the synthesizer business if they persist with these vsts in a crappy box. I cannot recommend this groovebox. I truly hope Roland can get back in the game. I remember how I lusted after a JX10 (got one now). I don’t think these recent Rolands are worthy of the name.
I play Synth, Piano, Rudimental and Marching drums, electric guitar and bass
Electronic: Futurepop, Synthwave, 1980 New Wave and Synthpop, Goth and Gloom in general.
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