Roland W-30

Roland W-30

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W-30, Sampler from Roland.

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  • Manufacturer: Roland
  • Model: W-30
  • Category: Samplers
  • Added in our database on: 10/11/2002

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Roland W-30 user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 7 reviews )
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tomy58000's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland W-30
Very good synth sounds very nice ....


Very easy to use and very clear manual


effects are very effective


I use it for 4 months, as ++++

lcarre10's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" My first workstation ..."

Roland W-30
Sampler sequencer released in late 80s. I bought it used in 1994.
Keyboard with 61 velocity and tocuhes aftertouche if I remember correctly.
16 voice polyphony.
No internal sounds: everything is stored on disk 1 .44 MB So we better sample and we met. But I think you could put only 16 sounds per disk.
No effect except a filter internally.
The rear of the machine is a real little cheese. XLR outputs, 8 outputs, taken 3 midi in / out / thru


The configuration is not easy especially if one starts, and it was my case. So the manual shook your best friend to understand the philosophy of the machine and the system of menus and sub-menus.
After some time past, the use becomes more clear and easy. One sample, we edit, we assign to the bank and sound playing in sequence.
The edition is the base / cut, paste, 12dB resonant filter.
As the sequencer, it is type MC with a laborious but clear edition as a whole: a line = a note, its velocity, its position, its pan.


While there, ca sends. Incredible dynamics. We are dealing with sounds dated but effective and straight forward. Would that sounds EP have the potato, the bass is slamming. The sound of the instrument will depend on what you samplerez and filter change you all very efficiently.


The W30 has been mine for four years. It was my first pro hardware and how hard. A real tank, super heavy and sturdy with a look to flee aficionados Emulators.
But it is a machine that had its charm and held quite a candle to others (eg akai ...). She was very professional and open to the outside by its connections.
The W30 has opened me to finally sampling so playful with a sense of freedom and enormous creativity.
Now the comparison with today's gear is not more to evolution is so important. The current material gives you everything but the W30 forces you to work and think about how you compose or create. But if you want a sampler keyboard character for some live sounds, this is for you Roland.

rubiks04's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A beast of all trades ... 1990;)"

Roland W-30
Features found on the net:

Year of manufacture / Year of release: 1988
Polyphony: 16
Presets: 16 Programs, 96 tones ROM
Keyboard / Keyboard: 61-note
Velocity: yes
Aftertouch: yes
Sound generation method: sampling, DSP on internal waveforms
MIDI in, out, thru
Sound expansion capabilities: yes, floppies or SCSI - (SCSI Called "KW-30" kit)
Effects: no
Controls: Jog Dial
Outputs: Separate eight outputs, headphones
Display: yes, large blue LCD

Sampling 12-bit (read 16 bits) to 15kHz or 30kHz max.

Banks of its size 1.44MB floppy disk (special formatting Roland) hard to find these days, or if not compatible samplers S330 or S550.
With sampling, sounds almost endless ...

A slight lack of polyphony for my taste at the time, a fan of tablecloths and other sounds fairly "long", I had to decide my choice sometimes.


Any use of the W30 through an LCD without backlight. Two dials give the cursor position and the change in value.

Next edition of the sound / sequencer:
Simple, I started without even the doc in French, but a little heavy to go through the menus to change a value ... Inevitably, not very big screen ...

Next music game, very easy to switch instruments, arranged in order of preference of the user! To set the stage, is fast!
However, load time of a disk: to forget between two songs or so, provide a blabla singer for "bridge" the time;)

Manual at the time, provided paper, A4 black and white enough.


Converters of time ... It is better for sure, but I have not much to complain about in terms of quality and rendering dynamic!

No reverb effect (memory) but flange, chorus customizable.

Dynamic impeccable, both in initial strike on the keyboard, in after-touch!
Little regret for the lever that makes the vibrato: on / off. To be paid before playing in the parameters of its use.

Sounds: I had in hand samples Korg M1 (big fat synth of the time) and I was very satisfied compared with listening in store Korg.


I still have the W30 since purchase in 1990 (I write this on 10.22.2011).
While I do not use much anymore, mainly because of time, also by replacement via computer as well.

Peculiarity: 8 mono outputs, one assignable by the output potential effects of dual mono light phase (funny) by shifting the beginning of note. Possible to assign distinct effects on a mixer, then, for each output.

Via MIDI commands easy to configure. Used with Cubase 3 at the time, Atari!

Quality / price ratio at the time, unbeatable if you take the fact that there was everything in the box (sampler, sequencer, floppy drive to copy sounds and sequencer ...), since passed, of course.

strobo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland W-30
The converters are 16bit, 32kHz if I remember correctly.
Effects, y 'no.
The memory is 1 MB and the OS is on diskette.
There is a connection complte with 8 outputs (sampler), between a mono audio SETTING THE gain, and an optional SCSI interface, but in many Submitted W30 ...


Gnrale configuration is not simple. Trs difficult without the doc to navigate the menus. (Function keys yet practical).

The edition is nice sounds, thanks to large LCD (Blue and Zoli) trs intuitive but not my taste. Fortunately, there is a jog shuttle, and that's good.

The manual, I have not had ...


The sound. It is the that the W30 is trs fort.
How to explain what can not be explained?

The sound samples with this sampler are cradingues. (Well, from any sound card worthy of the name ...)
But filtering derrire is terrible !!!!! (Including the filter VCF / rsons) with an impressive dynamic on keyboards, giving a touch particulire sounds.

I remember a song "house" I did 5 years ago with. The low sample and filter in the W30 is monstrous (a sample of an old piece of funk) and each time I cost you, I took a slap (especially the percussion come from my S950, since sold).

The sound is immediately identifiable, is done. (A kind of prsence, as if the sound picked up by a silent micro trs close ...)

In addition, there are many sound banks on floppies (Universal Sound Bank) really nice, with sounds still valid (I had one with a deadly Rhodes, unfortunately, is HS ..., ( )


I had an S1000 (yuck, Akai's at its best), an S950, a W30. I also worked with a S3200.

The W30 is a really nice keyboard, keyboard matre even in the limit. But it is also an excellent sampler booster for all those who are working in the hiphop / house / funk. (The opportunity to have both a master keyboard and a great sampler!)

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