#37791 - 06/09/0011:36 AMRecording & releasing music done exclusively on the Roland VS-880
I've been recording and releasing music done totally on the VS-880(actually two 880s) I think it's a fantastic machine for low bucks. If you would like to hear just some of what I believe this recorder is capable of, you can listen all you want for free to my material at http://mp3.com/TheBottomFeeders I would be happy to correspond, share information and answer questions regarding getting the best out of this machine. Andrew
Loc: Shepherdstown, WV, USA
I've had my eye on this thing since it came out...I'm just biding my time until I have the bucks to get one. I feel that my music has finally matured to the point that I can produce my own CD, and the VS-880 looks like the best home recording solution for my needs.
How easy is it to use? Is the effects card worth getting? (I already have two cheap but effective multiprocessors...) Does it work well in a live situation? I am involved with a purely improvisational music project, and it would be nice to get quality recordings of our jams.
Man, just play devil's advocate and tell me to buy the thing. Please.
It sounds nice, it records on 8 channels it is portable it 's becoming cheap It will solve my 1 million leads problems making my bedroom studio small and portable (instead of having external effects units + cables, separate recorder +cables)
Combine that with computer control software that makes editing easy piezie and you have an 8 channel portable studio for recording , a mixer, and crisp sound quality plus effects .
Record on location, take it back home hook it up on the computer and it becomes more user friendly than the 1880!
I am using the VS880 EXP since 1997 (?) and still think it is the best invention of the last 10 years. The user interface is sooo easy and it only takes a few hours to get used to the menu structure. The FX board(s) sound very good, the overall sound is perfect. The VS machines are compact and offer plenty of options ..... great machine !!
Loc: Long Island, NY.
I guess Im the only one who thinks the 880's effects soundy shitty.
But yes, it is easy to use. One thing I wish that could be done is to have the ability to record at different sample rates from track to track, and be able to change the sample rate from 48 to 44. I hope maybe one day, technology will allow that to happen.
Loc: Wilkesboro, NC, USA
I just bought an 1880 and was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to sync to my sequencer and begin recording. I'm only familiar with the machine on a very superficial level so far, though. I know a lot of people disagree, but I like the looks of the 1880 and the already-released-in-Europe 890 better than the old gray 1680 and 880EX; they look way better than their pictures online would indicate.
Animaniac: (addendum to your post)"...more user-friendly than the 1880" until the 1880 is hooked up to the computer and you're trying to get those 8 (ahem...stereo) tracks mixed down to 2! Of course, you'll be spending the $700 you saved on something really cool, eh?!