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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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spectralab a professional user from Canada writes:
I have one of these on loan to me right now and will probably end up buying it if the lender decides to sell. It's been in my rack for about a week, and so far I've found it excels at pads and FX. It definitely has an aggressive tone, but with some envelope modulation of the filter for slow sweeps it can be "mellow" enough for my liking as well. Obviously, being a one-osc. (plus the sub, of course) synth, it isn't the most versatile in terms of programability. I find it easy enough to program from the front panel... Sound Diver seems to handle it in a weird way, it wants a whole bank dumped at once and won't seem to open up an editing template for an individual patch/tone. That said, I think I'll DL the other editor linked to from this page later on and give it a whirl. But getting back to my impressions of the sound/specs: it sounds quite decent for the price/features and I particularly like the fact that it will do the 32' octave (even the MKS-70 doesn't go that low, although the 50 is an older unit, and this feature was more common on earlier Roland analogs, from what I understand). All good things having been said, the MKS-50 definitely benefits from the addition of external effects... not much mind you, just a flanger or a delay to fatten it up a little. My DP/4 does quite nicely... overall, I didn't think I'd be blown away by this synth, but find myself pleasantly surprised to be hoping I'll get to keep it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-21-2001 at 06:15
JML writes:
My First analog! Actually, the only other analog I’ve played is the Juno 106. This one sounds a lot like it but more versatile. It’s basically a Super Juno. I got the unit w/ pg-300 off Ebay for 350. Seemed silly to buy the 106 for $4-500, when I could sell the mks for 200, keep the pg and buy a Juno 2 for 3-400. But as far as this synth…Can have both Saw & pulse w/ pwm, also a sub osc. Filter and Osc can be be controlled via EG and/or LFO, great filter sweeps!!! Interesting Eg. Has the standard ADSR, but with level controls on the ADS. Great pads-check out a25, great bass-acid squelch. As far as Midi-wise…I hear that all parameters are controllable via midi, in fact I am with the pg. But my MPC is not getting along with this new synth. I am having trouble recording para changes/movement. The few times the sequencer has recognized a CC it froze, so……….if anyone has any suggestions I would really appreciate some help. Overall, this is a great synth. But if I found a good deal on a Super JX-10 w/ pg800 I’d sell.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-20-2001 at 13:44
DrCreator from Phila. Pa. USA writes:
sorry about the #s...ok first set of #'s is DCO SUB 2nd set...DCO Noise 3rd...MIDI Channel

/ 0000 1111 2222 3333 / / 0123 0123 0123 0123 / / 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 /

I hope this helps...

posted Wednesday-Oct-11-2000 at 02:51
DrCreator from Philadelphia, Pa . USA writes:
To set the PG-300 Midi Channel.....!

start by turning PG-300 power ... OFF

the DCO SUB Oscilator Level Knob and... the DCO Noise Level Knob

are used to set the midi channel....

DCO SUB setting top #... DCO Noise setting middle #... MIDI Channel bottom #...

0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 3 0 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

When you have the settings you want...

While holding the Manual Button down.... Switch the PG-300 power .... ON

Oh...the MKS-50 or JUNO-1-2 Must be set to the same MIDI Channel... as the PG-300

I own the PG-300 and 2 MKS-50s the PG-300 is great....for r/t adjustments...

the MKS-50 is a usefull analog brain... I think it's best for mid to upper range 16th note sequences or Xtra effect washes.... I use it for bass notes also....but.... Find it misses that "fat" bass a synth like a PRO-1 or MiniMoog... oh well .. :) can't have everything ... Why can't I have everything....! LOL I give it a rating of 4

the Dr

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-11-2000 at 02:45
lunarwynd a part-time user from USA writes:
This is a great box for what it does. Wonderful for that '80's hard rave synth and low basses. If you like Lords of Acid and old Thrill Kill Kult and such, you'll have a blast with it. Not the most versetile of mods, and yeah the filter's weak. A worthy addition to any dance rack, though. Especially if you get a bit retro now and then.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-22-2000 at 15:42
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