MATRIXSYNTH: Roland GR-300

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Roland GR-300

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"The GR-300 is known for its lightning fast tracking. This baby follows your playing perfectly - probably because there is no midi to slow things down! I originally got into the GR-300 not for fast Pat Metheny wank-outs (I just can't play like that), but for the cool ambient textures the synth can produce. For instance, "Invisible Sun" by the Police. The GR-300 has 6 VCOs, one for each string, a Hexa-Fuzz circuit (basically six fuzz units, one for each string) all which go thru an ultra-fat analog filter. You can combine the VCOs with the Hexa-Fuzz for some seriously sick sounds. There are also two separate pitch pedals which take the synth out of the standard tuning and lets you tune the VCOs to a 3rd, 5th, octave up or down. You can also program the rise and fall time of the pitch change. There is a very cool envelope mod pedal which creates those Mutron envolope follower sounds. An inverted envelope is available as well. There is a built-in compressor which fattens things up even more.

On the back you have 1/4" jacks for compression on/off, VCF pedal, sweep on/off, string select, straight guitar output, and guitar/synth mix output. You will need a guitar controller with a 24-pin cable connection to trigger this synth."

2 comments:

  1. Would this happen to be the "Sheltering Sky" sound?

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  2. Yup, that's the one. The best playing guitar synth ever made.

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