Roland TB-03 So, close but so far away.
I bought the TB-03 to essentially retire my original Roland TB-303 from 1982 which I have had since 1997. While I'm very impressed with the TB-03 as it certainly looks, feels, programs, plays and sounds like the original TB-303 I am annoyed to hell that it doesn't come with the ability to be plugged in, like the Original TB-303 to a 9V DC walwart or something similar. Why? Because I'm also an MX-1 owner. As you may or may not know, the Roland Aira MX-1 is a great mixer but only has 1 USB buss on its inputs that supports power. If I pick up the TR-09 or a second TB-03, how majorly annoying is it that I will have to run them analog audio to the MX-1 because Roland couldn't be bothered with a simple DC power plug input on these units? That and this then forces you to use conventional midi jacks. And these USB cables are not going to be around in 30 years. What then huh?
Like really...What a stupid, dumb, idiotic design decision!!!
"Oh but just run it on batteries..." Uh, no. How about put a freaking power plug jack on it!?
So while Roland more or less gets it this time around for sound, look and feel, they ruin the product's chance of a perfect score (and thus the retirement of my TB-303 to long term storage) on this and I'm rather upset about it because I would be buying another one of these and two of the TR-09s and these rest of the boutique series, otherwise.