Re: Roland EF-303
> Can you tell me more about the Roland EF-303, next week-end i 'llhave one to try, are you still happy with it and can you use the 16
sliders as midi-remote and associate them with soft synth like the NI-
reaktor? It really intrigues me since your mail of last month.
> Alain Kinet
I can'nt tell you about the MIDI remote association, because I
have'nt had that much time to really get in to that side of things -
I've been using a lot of other things as well as the EF-303, but I
will have a look into that for you and post another message up
I have been using my sister-in-laws studio for the past four days and
I took my OB-12, AN-200 & EF-303 along with me. It'd did'nt do all of
the things I would have liked it to have done ( the vocoder is not as
good as say the one on the Korg MS-2000 or something like that, but's
better than none at all ).
As I said in my first post about it, it's the 16 sliders ( called
the "step modulator" ) that I bought it for - I always loved the idea
of the original ARP Sequencer and this acts very much like it when
you use the settings in BANK 4 PATCH 2,3 & 4. Link it up to your OB-
12, move some of the sliders and you can get some really great
results ( you can also change the note range of the sliders - which
is something i would say you should do, because the factory setting
covers just about the whole range ! ).
Other cool things are that you can ties and rests so it does'nt have
to be a 16 note step ( you can change it to cycle any length ( 8
steps, 12 steps and so on ). This is also very cool when you use it
as an effects unit, because you can use the sliders to set up
rhythmic effects - some of the effects are not fantastic, but you
will descover which you like for yourself depending on your needs ( I
like the fact that you can set up rhythmic delays and delay
frequencies that you sellect ( Hi, Mid, Low or All ).
Have fun with when you get to use it !
- Hello Truth,
Thank you for your info on the EF-303,
i'd tried it last week-end and it was great fun.
The vocoder sounds not so well, like you said, but the efx are ok
and the step modulator is really fun.
I was really curious if i could use the controllers
with soft synths like the reaktor.
The 4-knobs work well, so that you can assign a fader or knob of the
soft synth to one of the four on the EF303.
But i couldn't find a way to assign the 16 fader of the step modulator.
Anyway, at last I put the OB-12 in front of the computer and tried it also.
First only the lfo-wheel was working and could be assigned
But after editing the midi-controllers setup of the OB-12 from "presets" to
ALL THE FADERS AND KNOBS OF THE OB-12 COULD BE ASSIGNED to any fader or
on the reaktor synths!!!! even the number board can be used to switch from
one pattern to an other
in the Cube-X ensemble who looks like a groovebox.
It's really amazing.
So i give the Roland EF-303 ( who isn't so cheap) back and ordered the
I'll let you know more about the combination OB-12/reaktor later,
try the demo on www.native-instruments.com,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alain Kinet Vandenberghe" <a.vandenberghe@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2001 5:47 PM
Subject: [FriendsofOB12] Roland EF-303
> Hi Truth,
> Can you tell me more about the Roland EF-303, next week-end i 'll have one
> to try,
> are you still happy with it and can you use the 16 sliders as midi-remote
> and associate them
> with soft synth like the NI-reaktor?
> It really intrigues me since your mail of last month.
> Alain Kinet
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Truth" <riso972@...>
> To: <FriendsofOB12@yahoogroups.com>
> Sent: Saturday, July 14, 2001 12:49 PM
> Subject: [FriendsofOB12] Joy oh joy :-)
> > Hello all !
> > I just have to tell you about the new addition to my set-up. For many
> > years I wanted an "analogue" synth set-up, but I was too young in the
> > late 70's / early 80's to afford them ( I won't go on about the hours
> > I spent watching Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, Yazoo, OMD, Soft Cell and
> > the many other synth-pop groups, wishing that one day - I would own
> > synths like that too ).
> > Well, now I do - but one thing was missing....an analogue-style
> > sequencer to go along with my OB-12. I looked at a few different
> > ones, but none of them felt quite right - until I discovered the
> > Roland EF-303. It's main aim in life is to be an effects unit ( it's
> > called "GROOVE EFFECTS" ), but it has a really great function on it
> > called a "step modulator". When used over MIDI, the 16 sliders on the
> > front panel act just like old analogue sequencer ( very much like the
> > old ARP SEQUENCER as it has a random step feature too ! ).
> > The pleasure I have had using it with my OB-12....it's great!
> > Well, I'm off to have some more fun :-)
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