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Old 11-22-2015, 05:35 AM   #1
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Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

Which do you think is better? I've been watching you tube demos to see what is best. I'm just curious what others think on the subject. My heart falls because I find alot of Microbrutes on ebay.. Why are there so many people getting rid of this synth? Makes me wonder on it's quality.

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Old 11-22-2015, 07:04 AM   #2
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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

My opinion is get neither.

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Old 11-22-2015, 07:46 PM   #3
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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

These are well within my budget.. Thats why I'm choosing one of these.
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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

Get a mini Nova then! If I were looking for something that form factor it's what I would get, esp as a first hardware synth, it's go va and wavetable! And a badass vocoder, as a mater of fact if I didn't have a blofeld I would buy a mini Nova in a heartbeat!

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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

I have a Unova, same synth engine. Great synth.

If I had to pick between those two: MicroBrute.

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Old 11-23-2015, 10:49 PM   #6
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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

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Why are there so many people getting rid of this synth?
Because it's garbage, that's why.

Have you played one? It's basically a toy. Arturia are kind of a joke. I sort of like their Prophet VS emulation (the one bundled into the ProphetV) but that's as far as I can get with their software line. I played with a Microbrute once and could only shake my head in wonder at why anybody would fall for this junk.

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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

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Because it's garbage, that's why.

Have you played one? It's basically a toy. Arturia are kind of a joke. I sort of like their Prophet VS emulation (the one bundled into the ProphetV) but that's as far as I can get with their software line. I played with a Microbrute once and could only shake my head in wonder at why anybody would fall for this junk.

my two cents, anyway!

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As much as I dont like it, this is a bit harsh. Build quality is fine, but there are very few sweet spots on the parameters thus a limited sound palette. The VCO might as well be digital for all the character. And the filter might as well be digital. The Brute Factor is one trick pony distortion. The metalizer om the triangle wave is interesting, but again...you can only take it so far. It might be a little better w stackable patch cables...

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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

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Because it's garbage, that's why.

Have you played one? It's basically a toy. Arturia are kind of a joke. I sort of like their Prophet VS emulation (the one bundled into the ProphetV) but that's as far as I can get with their software line. I played with a Microbrute once and could only shake my head in wonder at why anybody would fall for this junk.

my two cents, anyway!

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The isem iPad app is amazing! I got it here after chase Dobson recommended it and it is one of my favourite iPad synths,
As far as the micro brute it is limited in sound pallet but you could easily pair it with a dark energy or even a volca and have a sweet setup!

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Old 11-24-2015, 05:37 PM   #9
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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

get a ms20 mini not that much expensive and lots of soundscapes

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Old 11-25-2015, 02:41 AM   #10
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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

i don't know anything about anything, but i bought a microbrute on recommendation of my ex, who played a minibrute and i have overall been satisfied with it. admittedly, the soundscape of the microbrute is somewhat limited, but i enjoy using it to make industrial music. i run it through a sears silvertone head and use the reverb on it and love it. but that's just me.
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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

Well despite all the negative input I have gotten I think I'm gonna go for the JD-Xi.. mainly for the fact that it has a sequencer and has some of the sounds I am looking for. And the fact that it is a Hybrid makes me happy.

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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

I've never used a JD-Xi but I've used a Microbrute for a few months now. I like it a lot for the money. Not sure what all the hate is about. It works great as a MIDI controller in Studio 3 and Reaper 5.11. The synth takes to guitar/bass epdals well which is great because I have a load of them laying around. I play bass and guitar too so pedals are everywhere. And most sound great with the Microbrute and an Ampeg BA115 or running direct into one of DAWs.
I'd love to check out the new Matrixbrute.
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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

I know this is an old thread, I think, but I would go with the Roland, it's polyphonic, and I enjoy that more than my microbrute.
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I've never used a JD-Xi but I've used a Microbrute for a few months now. I like it a lot for the money. Not sure what all the hate is about. It works great as a MIDI controller in Studio 3 and Reaper 5.11. The synth takes to guitar/bass epdals well which is great because I have a load of them laying around. I play bass and guitar too so pedals are everywhere. And most sound great with the Microbrute and an Ampeg BA115 or running direct into one of DAWs.
I'd love to check out the new Matrixbrute.
In my last post on this thread I said that I liked the jdxi more that the microbrute, but I didn't say I hated the microbrute, It is a very good synth for beginners, for people like me and most of the rest of the people on this thread, not so much, I would go with the jdxi ,and the matrixbrute is way expensive
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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

if anyone is curious what the minibrute is capable of, I came across this track that is entirely minibrute.

Also I have one, and I think it's a real classy synth. I've heard some people dis it, but you can get a lot of good stuff out of it.

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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

These are like two completely different things, but I'd say get a minilouge I'd even recommend a Korg Microkorg over these two. There are many other synths in the range that are probably better for sound in my opinion, but it really depends on what you are going for.

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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

The sounds of the JD-Xi are very serviceable and can be tweaked in a lot of ways, bonus that you can record filter sweeps over whatever pattern you already have down. Overall, I think it's dope. Its definitely the most advanced piece of gear I've ever had. Analog and digital in one package, with vocoder and Note On (works with the included gooseneck or you can input any audio source as the Note On controller). AND it is also a 16bit audio interface with midi via usb. I was in the market for an interface when I bought this so that was a cool feature. 2 things suck about it though.

1. The sequencer only goes a max of 4 bars for each program (pattern). F'n LAME. If my circa 95-ish QY-70 can record pretty much unlimited data, then why can't this thing? Roland could have done a WAY better job with this.

2. No song mode as of right now, you have to manually trigger each pattern in whatever order you want to play a whole song. This could be fixed in the future with a firmware upgrade though....hopefully.

I know nothing of the microbrute. If guitar center doesn't have a display model I don't get to touch it cuz I are poor and can no has teh gear.

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These are like two completely different things, but I'd say get a minilouge I'd even recommend a Korg Microkorg over these two. There are many other synths in the range that are probably better for sound in my opinion, but it really depends on what you are going for.
The keys on the ms-20 have better touch than a roland jd-xi, I would reccomend that one too
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Re: Microbrute verses Roland JD-Xi

The brute is definitely more brutal

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