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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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if you want a japanese analog modelling synth, out of the three jp8000 , ms2000 and an1x, i will choose the an1x...only thing an1x doesnt have is a vocoder, otherwise its the best. keio organ ms2000 has too little polyphony, even though sounds are xcellent, so forget about making thick power chords. jp8000 sucks, i don't know why people are crazy about it. however, in general, i would prefer a german synth like virus instead of japanese stuff like yamaha, korg or roland (roland is the worst)

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-03-2003 at 15:47
pipsqueak a part-time user from Canada writes:
Having played electronic music since 1979, I have used many analogue synths such as the Arp 2600, Roland Sh 1000 and others.

I bought a JP 8000 second hand a few days ago and I am mesmerized.

Every time I turn it on and start tweaking I am in some sort of stable analogue heaven. This synth is not only a great board in its own right sonically but is a great master controller. Finally I have a keyboard that can play and manipulate the internal tones of a MC 505 and a Korg MS 2000 R. The JP 8000 is intuitive to analogue synth owners and has great and extensive possibilities. I especially like the split and layering functions, which in fact give you a kind of pseudo four oscilliator system. Not marred by silly patterns and presets, it is truly a great compliment to all my gear and my Korg Prophecy as well

Okay, so there are some negative aspects, but these are not so important to me. First, I wish there was a midi through and also I wish there was a dedicated master midi channel option, but I can work around this without much effort and I also wish there was after touch as well.

To my ears, the JP 8000 sounds better than the Alessis Ion and Novation kbds and I like the layout better than the Access Virus B.

I am so happy I have this board and is definetly a 'keeper'.

I give it a 4.8 but I round it off to 5....


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-07-2003 at 09:39
Michael a professional user from London U.K writes:
I love the JP8000, it is the best VA ever made. And has more power & versatility than most vintage analogues. The bass sounds it can produce are amazing and leads & sound effects too. Even strings if you learn to program this beauty you can get rich strings as thick as pea soup. I think it's a modern day classic my favourite synth ever.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-19-2003 at 14:44
DeadZone writes:
I just wanted to say that I first time tested JP in local store just when it came and I was amazed. Actually it was the second VA I ever tried after Prophecy. Now after many years I got one for few days. At first I was very dissappointed and really thought it's crap sounding toy but after hour or two I totally changed my mind. It was so joy to use and produced just those sounds I wanted: pads and some leads... I also amazed how good filters sound (have owned Jupiter 6, Juno 106, MW to name few good sounding non-VA) for a VA synth. I have owned the most of popular VAs from Prophecy to Virus B. And now I'm getting the JP-8080. Easy editing is important for many musicians. Easy editing is not much possible if synth is very complex, like let's say Oberheim Matrix, for this price. I have kept the Novation Nova because it's so easy to edit, otherwise I had sold it long time ago. JP is another great example of innovative synth which is strictly mented for musicians, not for programmers who sit hours with their FS1r(own one) and Kurzweils(owned). Wish FS1r and other great synths would have same kind of interface...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-25-2003 at 05:51
Johan a part-time user from Sweden writes:
This was my first synth..i bought back in 98 and i thought it was the best synth ever untill i bought more and more stuff and started to realize stuff..first of all synths are nothing but taste!!! so i think people should stop saying, this suxx, that suxx...all I can say about this synth is the following..if you compare it to waldorf Q or a nordlead it sounds very very empty without it's FX (this is my opinion) that i have a waldorf Q i know how a synth should sound without the FX...this is still a good synth but it a bit weak without FX..BUT it has probably the best strings compared to the others VA! And one other bad thing, very limited with midi-channels..

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-31-2003 at 21:11
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