The other day I was thinking about the Quasimidi 309 Rave-o-lution. I bought one in the early 2000’s after having an ensemble of machines thinking that it would be the answer to all my issues.
Of course being significantly younger and naiver I thought that German groove box would work well with my Jomox X-base 09 and Korg-ES1.
I opened the package after a work day and hooked it up to my makeshift studio (This was before the years of Youtube, and I didn’t know what it sounded like or even looked like with the power on), turning on the Quasimidi I saw that the sweet plastic blue buttons had a color clashing red LED behind them.
Not a big a deal, you aren’t supposed to judge a rave machine by it’s cover, I told myself, as I went to work on making a pattern while the x-base 09 and es-1 played some sounds. As I switched instrument tracks on the Rave-o-lution the sequencer paused and lost sync! I attempted to AskJeeves/Google to see if this was a common issue. I couldn’t figure it out, and then sold it via e-bay in about 48 hours.
That was probably the quickest equipment turn around that I have ever experienced. I don’t think I’ve ever been as disappointed by a piece of gear as that.
Anyone else have negative experiences with a piece of gear that you had some sort of hope for?