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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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olivier8 from Britney writes:
i have one, i agree with all that being said here regarding sounds, groove, external outs & individual volume sliders..built quality, look etc.. all great! big downside is not being able to change patterns on the fly without stopping the sequancer.. regular roland xox user will find that really annoying. for that i give it a 4 because i rarely use that cool sequencer inside

other than that it works great as a midi slave, both externally sequenced or midiclocked

(i use an Atari 1040 / Cubase for that and i rarely encountered lagging or crash on any machine that was supposed to sync to a proper midiclick.. so i suppose it might have to do with the quality of the signal fed to the machine, if signal contains too many unnecessary midi datas it might be the reason why a drum machine would get confused a crash or start lagging, try filtering your midi datas to just the necessary Midiclick and it will work)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-14-2011 at 09:35
Rob a hobbyist user from U.S.A. writes:
Used by Steve Poindexter and Prince Paul on classic house and hiphop records respectively, this machine is a vintage beast. Bought my first one 5 years ago (w/MT option) due its cult "poor man's SP-12" status. Just picked another one up today so now I have one at home and one at the studio! Wish it was the elusive RZ-1 Plus!! What more needs to be said? Hi-hats and claps that can cut thru any mix and the venerable sampling option. Threw a few kicks and snares from my ASR-10 and in a few shakes of a rabbit's tail I had some grimey 12 bit drums. The sequencer is a bit quirky but if you mess up, it adds a unique flavor to your pattern that you never would've thought of. You can make some old school Mantronix flavored drums with this thing. I've been using my one at home to process drums and then throw them into my Boss SP-303. You already know what it's hittin' for.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-03-2009 at 01:23
Al a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
Great machine - very good hi-hatts and claps - individual outputs - got mine "used and circuit-bended" on e-bay for 70 euro - easy to program : start record and there's your pattern - combined with the low-bit sample-sounds it's an inexhaustible source for electronic percussive tracks - beware for the internal battery : had to change mine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-12-2008 at 08:25
abdolreza a part-time user from usa writes:

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-08-2006 at 00:36
Tony York a professional user from USA writes:
Okay Listen here. I just got the "RZ-1-PLUS" (modified) version! This is not the regular RZ-1.It has 36 ROM sounds and holds 16 samples!!!!Yeah SIXTEEN! BUT, the polyphony is still the same so its like having different kits, you cant use 16 for a pattern, but you can flip the switches and change the samples you know. Ive searched for 7 years to find this "RZ-PLUS" version after having a regular RZ-1 and I can tell you that its *RARE*. Its got 4 toggle switches on the right and says "RZ PLUS DRUMWARE", good luck finding one. The regular RZ-1 is a great beast of a machine but after having the PLUS now the acoustic kit of the regular RZ-1 isnt as exciting. But the RZ's have individual outs though with sliders and thats a big deal!! If you have an RZ-1 and make the mistake of thinking you have outgrown it, youre a sucker because the RZ-1 is a classic thats got lots of character!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-09-2005 at 04:48
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