I've borrowed a legit 303, 101 and 202 from mystudio/synth mentor back when iw as still at art school, so with that frame of reference? just wow on this one... modern convenience (midi input for sequqences or just the clock as you manually swap patterns, tweak knobs and fuck with external effects and your channel strip) with all the sound I remember from the 90s and early part of the new millennium... I am using this HELL out of this gadget already! It was so cheap used I had to....
slap guitar stomps in front and its a flashback to the best years of my life! sounds great direct or into a guitar amp with a condenser out front. I can't get enough of this gadget! This is best enjoyed as a live performance tool and in my tracks I am working it live and just doing a little editing cleanup during mix-down, at least in my opinion that's where it shines. One caveat is I have had some clock drift doing LONG tracks with sparse patterns. Easily fixed with some careful editing to pull the recorded track back in time. Its funny, when I am performing with it I am hearing it in time, but the recording will have a slow drift.... not sure if tis MIDI clock or my interface.... so I give her 5 stars.
all the knobs are fun to tweak to acidize a dance piece, I just wish I had more arms, but I am getting good at doing drastic moves with index finger and thumb while doing some slight tweaks to adjacent controls with my other fingers so I am tweaking up to 4 knobs at once! awwwwww fun, my guitar-control tweaking skills are paying off in techno at last!
WARNING, the knobs are super stiff from the factory and after a month are just breaking in for me. I have read new 303s were stiff too (the knobs were meant to be set and forget, after all), but you will find yourself struggling to make flowing acid sweeps at first, don't be discouraged. Let your toddler twiddle the knobs for a few hours and the stiffness gets manageable... when you want to be subtle the stiff potentiometers are actually quite helpful as its hard to get carried away.