Originally Posted by Gringo Starr
I'm on the verge of possibly buying a Rev 5. I'm curious about this comment. Can anyone shed some more light on this? The music I do is more along the lines of Beatles, Zero7, and Motown. But with my new synth acquisitions I plan on adding elements similar to Boards of Canada, Orbital, Ulrich Schnauss... I'm sure both rev's would inspire me but considering my musical area is one rev more appropriate than the other?
Also as far as the rev 5 goes, would it be wise if I bought one to stock up on these chips? Are these known to go bad often? And are these chips actually available if you really looked? Or would the rev 4's be an easier fix?
i've never really heard about mks-80 breaking down that horribly and not being able to find parts. the only thing super rare in the rev5 is the roland osc chips and I've never heard of one dying. I'm sure it's possible, and if it happened it would probably be quite annoying to find another, but i've just not heard of that happening. recap the power supply every 10-20 years to prevent any major failures and you're probably fine.
as for rev4/5 for a particular STYLE of music? I dunno, you may be better with a rev5 for the more mellow ambient stuff. the rev4 is better at bass stabs and stuff like that. rev5 better for pads and such.
roland poly synths in general are probably some of the more reliable ones out there. short of the juno 106 anyway.