Quasimidi Rave-O-Lution 309

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The Rave-O-Lution is a stand alone groove box that has taken the techno world by storm. Very popular among DJ's for live performance and interaction with the audience! It features a very advanced sequencer and a host of excellent analog and electronic drum and bass synth sounds. The 309 is very intuitive and easy to get started using. Play with the patterns or make your own. All real-time tweaks can be recorded into your sequence for later playback!

The 5 part multitimbral feature is the secret to this units power for live and interactive performances. The 5 separate parts are Kick, Snares, Hi-Hats, percussion and bass synth. During your performance you can mute any of these parts to drop the beat or isolate the kick, thus building or lowering the groove and your audiences energy! A plethora of knobs offer quick and easy access to filter and envelope modulation for shaping and morphing the music. The 309 is also well suited for studio work with complete MIDI implementation that includes all real-time controls and knobs.

The 309 is truly an instant dance machine! It sounds great for analog emulation synthesis! It looks pretty cool and comes from a company that knows all about Trance and Techno music. The Rave-O-Lution 309 is an obvious choice for anybody seriously looking to get into dance music with an affordable all-in-one box that will grow and remain useful in your studio and music for as long as techno is still around! It has been used by Apollo 440, Nine Inch Nails, and KMFDM.

There have been three expansions for the Rave-O-Lution 309 since it was released. The Audio expansion added two audio inputs and two more audio outputs. The Drum expansion added a bunch of new drum and percussion samples plus midi synced LFO's. The synth expansion added a second bass/lead synth (though it requires the audio expansion and they do not have their own 'part' buttons).

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19 Visitor comments
February 4, 2011 @ 10:15 am
Got one shortly after it came out to spice up my gig setup but the sync problems while switching patterns of the early un-expanded versions made it almost useless for that purpose, that's why I mostly kept it at using it as a bass and drum expander with a nice interface for on-the-fly sound mods. Sold it about a year or two later, never looked back and had forgotten all about it until a few months ago when I found out that it has some sort of cult following. Maybe the upgraded/expanded versions are better (never tried them myself) but I wouldn't buy this thing again.
January 15, 2011 @ 9:57 pm
i love this one!! i bought it when it came out & bought all the expansions.you can create monster bass sounds and the percussion sounds are awesome...very good for heavy breakbeats..also nice, because the sounds are not overused.very nive to control, i think it´s underrated.and you still gets support!!!!
October 19, 2010 @ 5:01 pm
one is arriving very shortly from ebay, i got it for 150 bucks
really sounds warm fro the audio demos i have heard.

good german build quality

it will be running alongside my waldorf blofeld

cant wait!
Mr. Gops
October 11, 2010 @ 2:16 pm
This is one of the best drum machines to have ever come out... Its sequencer design and layout, though live friendly, are a clusterfxxk if you are used to a normal synth interface. I hate that aspect... But this is the sleeper of the century... The box the sequencer killed...

But nothing sounds like it, and its kick and hh sections RULE! Its not analog, its not a sample type sound... Its German engineering.

Seriously, I just bought another cause my first was broken by the techs at Advanced Musical Electronics... And I can't live without it. For me a must have... I may also buy a back up.

With this and my vintage minimoog... Oh my.
October 1, 2010 @ 5:44 am
I have this one for a few years now, and still use it a lot. Very decent machine to build the foundations of your songs. The leading themes need to come from elsewhere, but rythm and a good bassline are more than OK. The "Kick"-section is somtimes a little weak.
I use this machine purely as a module, controlled by a sequencer (PC). I don't know if the internal pattern recorders etc.. are OK. I use it as a 5-part multitimbral synthesizer, with dedicated channels for Kicks, Snares, hihats, other perc, and a bassline.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 17 voices
  • Multitimbral - 5 parts
  • Sequencer - 100 Preset 'motifs', 100 User 'motifs'
  • Songs - 16 songs
  • Patterns - 100 patterns (64 bars max.)
  • Keyboard - 12 Pattern-Pad keys
  • Memory - 64 Kicks, 64 snares, 64 hi-hats, 128 Bass-lead, 10 percussion sets
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1996
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