vetjc 10/17/2011

Roland EF-303 : vetjc's user review

« An original tool box/MIDI and audio interface »
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See below for the list of effects. Personally, I use it mainly as a syncable resonant filter but also as a MIDI step sequencer (it even sends notes...).
No PC editing, it's not rack-mountable, very digital, jack in for a mic, RCA for line or phono (it has a built-in RIAA preamp). RCA output. Midi In and Out.

USE

Everything is relatively simple and can be easily edited. The manual is clear and you might need to read it thoroughly to learn how to get the best out of the unit!

SOUND QUALITY

Effects are digital and a bit dated, so they can seem a bit cheap. But the fact that the effect can be synced to the MIDI tempo makes this machine really useful.
In the worst case, you can avoid the internal effects and control the effects of an external expander via MIDI. The possibilities are huge.
The analog-like step-sequencer made me buy two (one for the note, one for the filter).

OVERALL OPINION

I got one as soon as it came out, but sold it because I didn't know much about MIDI. It was only later that I realized the possibilities the unit offered and bought two of them. There's no other unit on the market that can do so much for so little money.
Excellent value for money secondhand, but take your time to actually understand it.