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    Default Whats the best alternative to a TB-303?



    Hey everyone,

    I've been tossing up whether to get a hardware box instead of using the usual assortment of VST emulations to produce TB-303 type sounds I'm using at the mo'...

    There seem to be heaps out there and I've had a muck around on a Future Retro which was good but no where near as good as the original...

    (If I told you I HAD an original TB-303 in 1999 BUT SOLD IT - to pay for drugs, party's and rent at the time.... you would probably hate me... ahh misspent youth... so just forget I ever told you eh?)

    Anyone tried that x0b0x thing? Is it worth taking the time to build?

    Anyone else got anything else in their studios they use?

    Cheers guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quark View Post
    Hey everyone,

    I've been tossing up whether to get a hardware box instead of using the usual assortment of VST emulations to produce TB-303 type sounds I'm using at the mo'...

    There seem to be heaps out there and I've had a muck around on a Future Retro which was good but no where near as good as the original...

    (If I told you I HAD an original TB-303 in 1999 BUT SOLD IT - to pay for drugs, party's and rent at the time.... you would probably hate me... ahh misspent youth... so just forget I ever told you eh?)

    Anyone tried that x0b0x thing? Is it worth taking the time to build?

    Anyone else got anything else in their studios they use?

    Cheers guys!
    ive played on the xObOx and its quality, me i would just buy it instead of buying the one to build

    I own the acid lab bassline 2 - again quality machine

    cant compare to the 303 cause ive never used one but i would go for the xObOx if I was you

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    its the mc 303 any good?????

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    I used to have a MC09.. Phraselab - Was great fun.. Had all the 303 sounds in it. I'm sure purists would have a heart attack over it, but if you find one 2nd hand, pick it up.

    Roland MC-09 PhraseLab | Vintage Synth Explorer

    I got mine for €50. Sold it on to pay for something else. Great fun. Lots of control.. but obviously not the real thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOGY View Post
    its the mc 303 any good?????
    This?



    It's not a TB-303 clone, although it came with some similar sounds. It was more of a synth/sequencer/drum machine combo box.
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    i bought a xox box from a guy off ebay...he builds customised ones...with a better quality case and u can even specify the colour! hes a top geeza and provides a quick efficient service...

    heres a link to his ebay page...

    x0xb0x Roland TB303 clone Beautiful Hand Built xoxbox on eBay (end time 26-Feb-11 07:41:44 GMT)

    keep it acid!
    Do what thou will...if you know what i mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOGY View Post
    its the mc 303 any good?????
    Not if you want it to sound like a TB-303.
    In it's own right, it's not a bad piece of kit though.

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    how really good are they tho..???
    quite happy with all the vsts out there , but there is just something missing 4 me....
    i was going 2 buy amplitube 3 , coz the acid just sound alot better with it , but i mite have 2 save a bit more and get this thing.......lol

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    heard really great things about the x0x0x boxes.

    my old Future Retro 777 stood up great along side my old 303, added a lot of extra flavour too. i'm sure you can find them floating around ebay but i think the 777's now go for more than the x0x0x's since they're out of production.

    good luck.

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    What about the future Retro Revolution, i was tempted to buy one of these last year

    Future Retro Revolution Overview

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOGY View Post
    how really good are they tho..???
    It seems to me that there were some midi issues with it. I don't think the knobs transmit data. Or maybe it was just that the internal sequencer wouldn't record them?

    I could be totally wrong on this as I haven't actually played on one since 1997, but I'd look into it if I were you.
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    thinking bet 1 of this x0box thing , wot sort of distortion overdrive , should i look at????

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    i heard the boss pedals were really good with the x0b0x , does any1 here use 1 ???

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    i use vsti's - the audio bass line and the phocyon and with some vst's you can get kinda close (ish) i have used the xoxox it was great. gutted that you sold your 303 that must still hurt.
    As for the MC303 - i got one cos its cheap and in my opinion the drum samples in it are f'in amazing. if i need a nice deep kick i go straight for it.

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    Cheap MFB-SYNTH LITE II
    Not cheap DSI Evolver. Buy one if you can mate it will make you cream for ever more. Sorry to dig up an old post but I think its important you see these synths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YOGY View Post
    i heard the boss pedals were really good with the x0b0x , does any1 here use 1 ???
    I use a Boss overdrive pedal with my stock tb303 and it kicks ass!!!

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    I think there is no doubt about the best alternative to a real 303 is a x0xb0x, the sound, sequencer, and all things in a x0x are truely oriented to be a clone.
    There is also good acid machines, maybe sounding like a real 303, but haven't the taste, philosophy... of the 303


    Analogue Solutions TBX-303 / Trans Bass Xpress

    Acidcode ML-303

    Future Retro Revolution

    Novation Bass Station
    (really cheap in the UK )

    Doepfer MS-404
    Last edited by BranLanen; 23-05-2012 at 10:31 AM.

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    Forget the MC-303. it is crap!

    go for phoscyon by d16. Really nice vsti!

 

 
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