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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Gord Braun a part time user from Yorkton, Sk, Canada writes:
The GR-30 was my first hands-on introduction to guitar synthing...and what

an intro!

It allows me to do two of the things I enjoy most at the same time--playing

the axe and playing with MIDI. Some of Roland's presets are real knockouts, IMO, while others are rather

sad. The violin/fiddle sounds are a bit disappointing because when a

note is sustained on one of these patches, the loop points are very


I'm guessing Roland did some scrimping here in order to save on memory and

keep the price down...?? The drone sitar and flamenco sounds made strong first impressions. Some of

the brasses and winds could have been thought through more carefully...but

that's where the editing controls come in, right? I found the piano and organ patches the most difficult to deal with

on the guitar, likely because of my own playing limitations and the nature

of the samples themselves. The guitars as a group were, IMO, the best layed out of all the types, which

really isn't surprising, considering the people this box is targeted for. More percussion kits and individual instruments would have been very nice. An expansion module would also have been good, like on the GR09. But

there's always cost to think about. A MIDI thru connection would have been welcome too. Though alot of the factory patches sounded so-so to just plain bad, Roland

did leave alot of room to explore on the GR-30. The programming options

aren't as extensive as on other gear like the Sound Canvas and the JV/XP

series, but there are still all kinds of ways to play around with this

synth and make it sing like an angel or growl like a rabid dog. Btw, if anyone's interested in a good jumping off point for GR-30 material,

might I suggest The GR-30 Page (

It has patches, audio demos, editors, articles, reviews, and other

worthy and interesting links to visit. Drop over any time. Gord B.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
Kenny King a part time user from st.louis U.S. writes:
Im buying a gr-09 i found used for $550 which i am real happy about.

But what I was wondering is if i can some how plug it in to my pc and

use the sounds off my sound card (ensoniq sound scape elite).I played with it

a little bit in the store and i think Im gonna have a lot of fun with this.

well if anybody can help me with this or tell me any other cool stuff i can

do with this thing please email me.I was also wondering if it would be a good idea to put it one of my guitars with a floyd rose on it,or not.Thanks

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
Mario Reyes a professional user from US Cali. writes:
The GR-30 kicks butt , although all of the presets sound crappy there are many different ways of tweaking them, the arpeggiator is great feature for live performances, that and using it with the EV-5 you can get alot of real time functions, for instance you can use the wah as a filter to alter your sound in real time. Its really easy to use but it does take some time getting used to it and setting your own pattches. Its midi output is a little slow but works great as a sample trigger. If you got the money buy it, especially if your not a pro keyboard user , it cuts sequencing time in half .

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
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