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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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adeptus a professional user writes:
I love my 8080, it is the powerhouse of my setup and provides a solution to all my synthesizer(except the keyboard) needs.This beast has a heritage that goes back to the legendary Jupiter synths. I feel that with this synth almost perfect emulation of any analog synthesizer ever created is attainable- from a broken ARP, to a Moog, to a TB 303 lead this synth does it all. The vocoder makes it even more desirable, the things you can do with the 8080 unit are incredible. THIS IS NOT ROLAND"S "GROOVE GEAR", thank god, that stuff is mostly crap.This has tons of sounds with the ability to create your own instantly and save them to smart media cards for almost unlimited sounds making potential.the Knobs and sliders are fun!If you want the cutting edge analog sound without the problems associated with vintage instruments get this one.Japanese technology at its finest. Roland created a true 'modern' classic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-08-1999 at 07:06
Disease Factory of velvet acid christ a professional user from USA/COLORADO writes:
WAY better than the jp8000 keyboard. The distortion fx, and the other fx added are much better. This thing is fat. nice low end for bass, great arpegiating sounds, sweeps, strings. But only 2 soudns at the same time 2 midi channels, 2 timbers. this alone makes me like the virus and the supernova more. But the sound is goo in this thing. It is versitle. The virus beats it in bass sounds. But this things got better strings. Supernova is much better all around, but they both kick butt.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-14-1999 at 11:05
Just to correct Ahab, this isn't a 3rd generation. It's the exact same synth as the jp8000, just rackmounted and with a few more features.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-15-1999 at 19:43
chris A. a part-timer user from brooklyn writes:
so far so good. still alot of manual browsing time to go. the external input feature is amazing. I plugged my turntables into this thing and POW!, tweakin tweakin tweakin. soon there will be these kinds of controls on boomboxes. I just wish the names given to the patches were a little more conservative and not so "electro-funky", but they sound good anyway. Too bad there is no SCSI port, that is really my only complaint. I'm not into the restriction of needing to get into the smart media business, I can save that stuff on my PC. oh well. 4.5 out of 5.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-15-1999 at 18:05
Ahab a hobbyist user from North Carolina, US writes:
Been listening to a bunch of different recent stuff, including the so-called "3rd generation analogue-modeling" synths (SuperNova, Virus, etc.). One thing people should understand is that the "two-part" design of the JP-8080 should not be confused for "only two voices." The synth as a whole can sustain 10-voice polyphony, and remember that each one of those voices can consist of waves which in essence are the equivalent of a number of oscillators playing together (such as Triangle Mod or Super Saw), so don't make the mistake of underestimating what this thing can do or sound like. Comparing the JP-8080's bi-timbrality with other synth's seemingly greater number of voices is thus really not relevant. The point is to listen to the sound.

To me, the JP-8080 has a wider range than any of the above-named competitors, and others. Its full sounds are full or fuller than the Virus' bass, its edgy sounds are edgier than the Nord Lead II's. Each synth has its own distinctive qualities, but this one left me feeling like there's little else I'm missing out on by not having chosen a different synth and, more importantly, it left me feeling like its sounds are sounds I can easily make into my own.

For a direct comparison, I put the JP-8000 next to the 8080, and on the identically-named patches in its first patch-bank the 8080 is distinctly warmer than its keyboard sibling, due to its 10-voice rather than 8-voice modeling. Note warmer, not better: the patches sound different, and you may prefer the "thinner" version of the patch on the JP-8000 in some cases, for some purposes. Be clear that you're not getting a 64-voice polyphonic workstation and you won't go wrong. This is an amazing musical instrument. The only thing I could wish for would be for DSP and memory to get faster and cheaper so Roland could put out the XP-80 of analog-modelling synths, with full included sequencer, a sampler, 76 polyphonic aftertouch keys, 128-voice polyphony, 4 oscillators per voice, and full PC-software-based voice editing capabilities for each part. <g> I hope I live so long.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-27-1999 at 13:51
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