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by MCDeo; Sat Dec 19, 2009 1:44 am
I don't know anything about midi controllers but wants to buy one.
Do you have experience of the one in the title and have you used it with linux?
I'm on ubuntu karmic right now.
I can buy one for around $100. Is that a reasonable price?
Also, can you compare it to the M-Audio Keystudio 25? Which is better?
/Best regards Tobbe
by freddemillio; Sat Dec 19, 2009 4:33 am
Maybe the new Edirols are better made, I don't know ... but after my experience with the PCR-50, I really don't care to find out. So I went with the Akai. From my experience, I would suggest that you save up the extra 150 USD and go for the MPK 25 rather than spend the 100 USD on the Edirol.
Evidently this is just my opinion based on my personal experience and YMMV.
by shanecgriffo; Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:25 am
-the keys kept dying.. it seems a common problem.
It sits unused since i bought a novation x-station about a year ago.
A big disapointment for me..
There's a thread here somewhere with disappointed customers.
-at the same time there are people that have had no problems too.
I certainly wouldn't buy it tho, without checking it very thoroughly.
by MCDeo; Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:12 pm
Well, it seems like there are different experiences and opinions. I will take a chance and buy it tomorrow. If Kraftwerk had one it can't be that bad, as long as the keys are working though.
Wonder if I can repair it myself if needed. If all is OK I will probably not open it.. Do you guys repair your own keyboards?
Anyway, I'll send a post about my first impressions of the Edirol pcr-m30 here in a week or so.
by TankEyes; Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:21 pm
Trust me the little rubber mechanism under the keys will degrade after 1-3 years. The good thing is you can fix it yourself. You just need to get a (pencil) eraser and clean the contacts once a year or so.
Aside from that they're a nice budget option that I enjoy using.
by nms; Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:33 pm
by lhm1138; Sat Dec 19, 2009 5:35 pm
I use my Korg DSS-1 which is like 20 years old, never been cleaned, anally probed with an eraser, etc etc, and works better than this Edirol POS.
by MCDeo; Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:17 am
I bought the M30-controller yesterday and have tried it for some hours now. I'm very pleased with the number and variation of controls (sliders/knobs/keys). The configuration procedures seems OK, but I haven't finished reading the manual yet.
Together with the main unit and the manual (which can be downloaded from Roland) I got an AC-adapter and a USB-cable.
The controller can be powered via USB, so I don't have to use the AC-adapter, which is nice!
As mentioned before, I'm on linux ubuntu/karmic koala and the installation procedure for me was as follows: insert usb-cable, turn on controller.
The unit is second hand and I got the impression that the former owner had used it for a couple of years, still all the keys seems to respond correctly. Since this is my first keyboard/midi controller I have nothing to compare to though.
To sum up, I'm pleased and happy! It's a bummer I have to study for an exam now...
Anyway, thank's again for your response!