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  • Anyone have/had a JX-305 Groove Synth?

    Possibly looking at one of these for a 90s dance band project...



    Anyone have any hands-on experience?
    Vocal Gear: Audix OM3xb, Boss VE-20 | Synth Gear: iPad and apps | Controllers: M-Audio Axiom Pro 61, Roland AX7

  • #2
    I like the 305. It's basically a 505 with keys and an expanded ROM set. M83 reportedly used one in their music -- which is probably more of a compliment to M83 than the 305. But it also says that you can do a lot with some ingenuity.



    The presets are slanted toward various 90s techno and hip hop genres, but it has a JV synth engine and can make some decent sounds if you program it. (Anyone else want to channel droolmaster and put me in my place? lol)



    I like the 305 for atmospheric and chill lounge type music, but it'll also do other genres quite well. You can do a LOT to freshen up the drum kits by layering them. In fact, even just as a 64 voice drum machine with keys, the 305 is easily worth the price of admission. The on board arpeggiator is also nice.



    As an all-in-one unit, it does suffer from certain limits. But for $250-$300, there's a lot of fun there. If I were considering buying a 305 now, I'd sooner get a Yamaha RS7000 for about $150 more and hook it up to a MIDI controller.



    Be sure to check out the LCD display for faults if you buy one.
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    • #3
      Always liked the 305.

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      • #4
        A very powerful synth, IMHO one of Roland's best: some would say it sounds dated, I would just call the user lazy, this thing has potential to program some really whack **************** once you know what to do with. Realtime modify, arp., beats and then some are too much fun.

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        • #5
          always liked them, too. Did not buy one when they were going cheap because I already had a keyboard so I bought an Rm1x which sounded like cack (though the sequencer owns all) and that got replaced by an RS7000. Would rather have a CS6x (but not a 1x or 2x, had one of those, not nearly as good) if you can find one that is.



          Though used 305's are cheap, wouldn't mind one now.
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          • #6
            Just found these linked off VSE. Gives you a taste:






            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3GVfzArVUM








            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy-QeTs9m9U








            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCTnhWJCIDA





            The last vid sounds good...
            世界で最高のシンセはmicroKORGにある

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            • #7
              Worth reading:



              http://acapella.harmony-central.com/...-JX-305-Issues
              世界で最高のシンセはmicroKORGにある

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              • #8
                For that purpose better get Quasimidi SIRIUS if possible

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                • #9
                  It's got that Rihanna Disturbia sound on crack BUILT RIGHT IN...

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                  • #10






                    Quote Originally Posted by com
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                    For that purpose better get Quasimidi SIRIUS if possible




                    Never heard of it - after a google I would be pretty surprised if one could be found very easily...
                    Vocal Gear: Audix OM3xb, Boss VE-20 | Synth Gear: iPad and apps | Controllers: M-Audio Axiom Pro 61, Roland AX7

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