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Average rating: 3.1 out of 5
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Jimmmie B. a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Hey Aaron J. Grier,

How do you put the Roland PR-100 sequencer in alignment?


Jimmie B.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-03-2012 at 22:57
charles a professional user from the dog patch zone writes:
i like miine due to the fact i repaired from the ground on up , drive works , midi works , it gives me four of those classic ,sharp, sweet,"true sampler" sounds we all recognize. its got a learning curve,especially once compared to other synths ,i know its a sampler though!!!where the attack,release,gain etc are disguised as envelope filters.. over all good , just like any other 80/90's sampler......

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-07-2008 at 12:38
Thom a professional user from chitown writes:
Where can i get quick disks for my Roland PR-100?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-16-2003 at 18:12
Aaron J. Grier a hobbyist user from US writes:
the quickdisks aren't as bad as everybody makes them out to be. mine was out of alignment when I got it, and I was able to fix it once I figured out what was going on.

I only paid $50 for it, (I think I spent more on quickdisks,) and I consider that a deal.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-28-2001 at 18:50
Aaron J. Grier a hobbyist user from US writes:
literally a rack-mounted S-10. the MKS-100 and the S10 share the same main circuit board, with the S10 having some extra parts on it, I assume to read the keyboard.

I picked mine up used for USD $50. The quickdisk wasn't working quite right when it arrived. (a common problem, from what I hear.) although the previous owner had replaced the belt, (most common cause of quickdisk failure,) the head was out of alignment. It could write and read back disks it wrote, but wasn't able to read back disks written on most other machines. I was able to get it back in to alignment with a slight twist of a screwdriver, and now it works as originally designed. I could finally able to read all the weird samples on the disk collections I purchased on *bay.

it's by no means a great sampler, and if you're looking for a true workstation, you'd be pretty limited by it, but it does have its quirky charms, and I have fun with it. operation is about as intuitive as is possible given the limitations of small LCD screen.

the sampling rate is selectable between 30 and 15kHz, although at 15kHz you get close to telephone-call quality. very RAM limited. only about 4 seconds at 30kHz. (double for 15kHz.)

as mentioned previously, the filters are kind of strange to work with as well. it's all non-real-time: load your sample, set the parameters, wait a few seconds to run the filter, then see if it came out all right. if all is not OK, load the sample back off of quickdisk and try again. _not_ a live-tweakable machine.

there are much better machines out there: the quickdisk mechanism is problematic; sample manipulation and editing is tedious; only eight-voice polyphony; only four sample banks; 12bits 30kHz sampling. maybe I'm a masochist, but I like it. :)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-28-2001 at 18:48
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