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
victor jones
January 31, 2014 @ 4:07 pm
if you need expansions for the 309 or any other quasimidi synth i just bought my synth expansion from www.quasimidi.eu

now mine is fully expanded thanks Matthias Spelbrink
September 14, 2013 @ 11:36 am
Really warm and dirty sound, really difficult (in opposite to roland's MC) drum seqence creation. I have no expansions so- anyone has got any to sell- I'm interested :)
August 8, 2012 @ 4:22 am
Such a weird box.

If you can wrap your head around the somewhat confusing method of saving sounds, sequences, etc, then it can be an excellent live jam box. Lots of great drum sounds. Synth sounds are a bit dated, but certainly not worthless. Great filter. Machine definitely has a "sound" to it, and has a fair number of quirks, but it's so unique I can't bring myself to get rid of it!
June 13, 2012 @ 1:28 pm
I like to use the step sequencer for drums. The swing-factor is great. The bassdrum is abit weak, without EQing it will get lost in a big mix. Try to double the kick with a deep tom-sound from the percussion section. Also a pitch envelope with positive amount on the bd helps sometimes.
Theres one giant noise sound for breaks and for side-chaining. Snares and hihats sounds a bit cheap and uninspiring. The bass and leadsounds are ok, some very great, some sounds wired and unbalanced.
The output-sound is rough and raw. But it hasn't the power of analog gear.
April 7, 2012 @ 1:01 am
Bought one off eBay about ten years ago. Never even used it. Been in a box in storage, I'll have to give it a try.
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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