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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Chuckles a professional user from USA writes:
One thing that no one has touched on is using the D2 with a percussion module like the spd-20. You midi this thing to some digital drum pads and you have a bad ass little kit goin on. I am assuming most of the naysayers are not drummers, however, I am a pro drummer and this thing is perfect for real time bad ass beats. 5 outta five

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-09-2003 at 15:32
The D2 is an incredible machine for the money. I love it!! Too bad its kinda ugly color but hey what a bucket - load of features in this baby. It really is one of the finest bargains out there. The D-field alone is worth the price of admission in my opinion. Very experimentally inviting and way fun to work with. I used to own a MC505 but this thing is way cooler!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-05-2002 at 01:01
Bryan a hobbyist user from Scotland writes:
Yes this machine is great fun. Alot better than many units costing a lot more-the Korg EM-1 for example. For a mere £99 UK what do you have to lose?. Buy one soon. It's like the 505's little brother...except it's much more reliable. It's fantastic for jamming with friends. PLUS the mute functions give you complete control when changing patterns....Hooray!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-05-2002 at 00:04
Paul Strayer a professional user from U.S.A writes:
What to say about the D2....well first I hope you didn't pay retail for it. The Roland D2 went way to far with it's sequencer and d-field. The 7 segment LED display is pretty difficult, just the alphabet they use is annoying. So as a stand alone machine I would NOT recommend useing this thing. It just dosn't have the right stuff to really make it. The track one for percussion is horrible, I like to write my drum patters a track at a time then mix down after I'm happy. With the D2 you can't do that, everything on one track at one time. Makes it difficult to do anything complex in songs. It is also very flimbsy, could have been built a little heavier I think. ::on to the good:: The D2 is an incredible sound module. If you need a roland sound, or a specific FXd sound, the D2 comes in handy. I enjoy useing the basses on the D2 and go nuts with the filter. You can't come anywhere near a 303 sound (not even close) but you can make a pretty good sound thats similir with the right FX and notes. Another plus is that there is no rolling on the synth from note to note, no drop out or unexpected performance. The sound will always be the same. Comes in handy for bass lines or melodys. All in all I give this machine a 4, it's a very fun toy to have, but it's practicly useless on it's own. The MC series still remaines the best product roland has come up with. For someone starting a home studio, your better off getting a 505 or RM1X or RS700 for now. They offer better sequencers, once you have a sequencer that really works for you, then get the D2.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-03-2002 at 17:15
Dave Sherriff a hobbyist user from UK writes:
For the price these are going now (I got mine for 99 UK pounds) you can't pass them up. Even if you forget the groovebox aspect you are getting an 8 part multitimbral, 64 voice module with 600 preset and 256 programmable patches (albeit you need the MC505 editor for PC to program them fully). There are 30 preset and 20 programmable drumkits too, with some excellent percussion in there. There are some really great sounds in this box (and some naff ones, but then just don't use the naff ones). Not many 'big' or evolving pads, but lots of nice analogue-ish synths, strings, basses and good noises.

And when you're not using it as a module, you can just have great fun playing with the groovebox side of it - mixing patterns, muting parts, doing snare rolls, scratching effects, filter sweeps, etc on the d-field. A great larf.

The user interface seems clunky at first, but I find I can wizz round the basics without thinking now after just a couple of weeks. (Still have to use the manual for the tricky bits though) I'm not a great fan of the D-field - it doesn't seem very controllable - especially when doing filter sweeps) but it's usable.

NB if you are going to write your own patterns into the machine you NEED a MIDI keyboard- it really isn't practical without one.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-15-2002 at 19:56
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