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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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simulacra a part-timer user from US writes:
The most bang for the buck out there right now. I use it in a studio environment, so I could care less about it's multi-timbral capabilities (I record one track at a time.) What I really like about it is that it's filters remain smooth and musical through a very wide range of the sound without the harshness and graininess that other modules seem to have. The vocoder also works very smoothly. All in all, it's a very quiet, very musical sounding piece of hardware. My only regret is that I waited as long as I did to purchase it (and I'll probably dump some of my actual analog gear to make room for this thing).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-01-1999 at 01:05
Bo Eriksson a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
I've had this beast for a couple of weeks now, and all I can say is that it inspires! I have a lot of modules and digital synths with all the multi-timbrality and presets I ever wanted. But I needed a nobs and sliders thing. And setting aside the multi-timbral aspects. This is it! I tried a lot of stuff (from Yamaha, Korg, Quasimidi, Access, and more) before deciding for the Roland. It is very versatile in sound- creation and adds to the score with the ability to route any sound-source through it's filters, and a vocoder that really works! (unlike some other quasi-vocoder stuff I could mention). But the main thing is that it has been the source of so much inspirational ideas it almost hurts in my head so far. And suddenly I can easily create my own sounds (I thought the supernova would be the answer, but that one hurt my head trying to figure all the buttons out), really intuitive, especially for those already using Roland stuff. And probably the very first Roland Manual that actually can be read and understood!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-19-1998 at 11:53
Kris a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Had it for two weeks and love it. Unfortunately the Win95 librarian on the Roland site doesn't work with it (Roland didn't even know it was there until I showed it to them and made them read the readme to find the Roland copyright). I'm working on an Editor/Librarian of my own now. If anyone wants to beta test, let me know.

As a synth it's great. I understand the 2-part limit because of the underlying architecture. Makes sense and would unfortunately require some serious re-engineering of the 8000 to increase it. Overall, well worth the bucks.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-14-1998 at 11:53
Disease Factory a professional user from USA/Colorado writes:
Dont bitch, play with it, once you figure it out, it is awesome, just do some program changes, it is fat, sound analog and digital. It mimics both very well, i made string sounds from scratch that blew my ass away. Bass is cool, and the distortion is nice despite what some say, jsut throw distortion and delay on a weird bass and man it makes some great crunchy techno grinds!

I love it very much, 10 out of 5!!! virus is a little better at bass noises, but the jp8080 is more versitle and soudns like older roland analogs..

posted Friday-Dec-11-1998 at 09:02
Alessandro Pedicelli (The Cutoff Frequency a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Looked beautiful when I first saw the picture, and I heard about it's improvements over the original JP-8000. Then I read the multi timbral parts....this is the stupidest fucking thing ever made.....2 parts??? C'mon......they could have at least imrproved that! Especially for a rack unit! Maybe it was ok with the keyboard version since it was really intended for live performance (one part at a time), but this is a rack unit and should support more than that.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-10-1998 at 18:57
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