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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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There was an update to the jp8080 O.S.v1.04 available for a time at a Roland website for downloading but they pulled it for some reason, I recall people had trouble loading it, maybe because it consisted of 13 seperate midi files - I am not sure why, I was on the JP8000 mailing list and someone there tried it. I think the problem was that it took a long time to load and afterwards corrupted the O.S. or something, at any rate I do have a copy of the OS on a zip disk but don't think I'm ever going to install it unless I get more info. There was NO info or instructions on the website as to what it did and it was only up there for a few months.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-12-2000 at 00:30
joe a part-time user from uk writes:
The jp8080 is warmer than the 8000, or at least it used to be. The update for the jp 8000 os made the jp's filters have a bit more low end grunt and roundness. To fatten this up even further, try running either through an amp simulator. mmm valves.

As for questions about clicking, Hold the shift button and set the attack time to 8 or more. 7 and below are deliberately too short to make a decent sound with. This is a direct copy of the PPG/Waldorf synth filter and is an advantage of it being VA rather than real. Keyclick is used for making decent Hammond sounds, which you probably won't use unless you have a leslie, but it sounds nice when you do.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-09-2000 at 08:47
a professional user writes:
Well I have owned the JP8080 since it first came out two years ago and am only now beginning to realize how powerful it is. Some people say it is a bit underpowered in terms of polyphony but this is compensated for by the immediacy of the user interface,and its VERY impressive voice modulator (one of the more complex formant filters you will use- more than a mere vocoder!) what you see is what you get- there are very few hidden parameters and there is a set polyphony for every patch (10, 8 if you use the voice modulator). Any parameter can be set to react to velocity very simply. The JP8080 is laid out like the classic roland synths- not unlike a mks super jupiter programmer. The sounds it can make range from very warm, suprisingly rich strings to hard square wave basses, PPG blips and beeps,as well as ambient, evolving noise scapes and even moogish leads. And while you may think it is unable to do a moog because it only has 2 oscillators per voice- you can add the third oscillator by layering two patches together.(In that respect there are a potential 4 oscillators per voice.) You can stack all the voices using the unison feature (like a juno) as well. The sounds are easy to get after you've really familiarized yourself with the interface which takes some patience but you soon learn which waveforms which work best for your application. A very diverse number of sounds can be created using it's more or less fixed archiecture- I still can't say I know all the different ways noise can be modulated but the rewards are worth it on the jp8080- usually creating a very, spacey ambient soundscape. The "clicks" and "pops" everyone refers to are avoidable and part of the nature of the synthesizer attack time- using the filter envelope it is very easy to reduce the severity of the click (which is actually the ultra-fast envelope being triggered)The rps is good for ultra simple sequencing- too bad no step time programming but it is "RPS" The thing that sets this synth apart from its predecessors is the underestimated vocal morph/formant filter that is available at any time.You can apply these formant filter functions to any patch or combination of 2 patches, essentially run your "performance" through the formant filter which can in turn be modulated by external input (your voice)! Even better the vocal morph can be used to trigger another external input sound source- for example: you talk in the mic while a drum beat is running through and your voice "opens the gate" actually responding to changes in enunication- morphing the sound.There are independent FX settings for synth parts as well as performances and the voice modulator has dedicated FX section. [The FX sound weak used alone on individual patches but sound much better when used on a performance or formant filter setup.) 8080 has similar morph capabilites as the nord mod- you can assign a knob or slider to send cc's to effect multiple parameters simultaneously for extreme tweaking.You can even transmit these cc's through the 8080 to other synths. What else can I say but it is severly underestimated, a little intimidating, but always rewarding.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-08-2000 at 18:47
Fido X a hobbyist user from Slovenia writes:

I'm completely with You Dubcat , about clicking and about Roland tech support!!!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-06-2000 at 04:19
dubcat a hobbyist user from scotland writes:
the click is a complete pain in the ass! it occurs when you use a fast filter/amp envelope on low ressonance/cut off filter settings.backing off the attack is one solution but this only fucks up the sound you were trying to create in the first place. try cutting back the tone/treble to zero and pray it gets lost in the mix. another point of concern is that when you store your own patches the motion control seems to take on a mind of it's own! I have spoken to ROLAND tech support about this problem .my reply was "what's motion control?" yes I think it's thank you and goodnight from ROLAND tech support UK.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-04-2000 at 22:35
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