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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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keith a part-time user from uk writes:
after owning jx3p playing jx8p and hearing jupiters i could never find a sound i wanted in a budget price for nice eno like pads soft smooth open resonant slow attacks that open with nice inner timbres prophets too expensive i looked at the mks 70 and pg800 yes crap presets not too impressed straight away then add the pg800 all my hopes were realised and within 20 mins i had bought them both plus 2 64 cartridges all for 475 pounds. ill keep this and have lots of fun well worth it

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-03-2001 at 11:28
Jason a part-time user from UK writes:
I previously posted that I was upgrading my MKS-70 to 1.08 firmware revision to enable editing of both tones with SoundDiver.. Well, I was sent a single 1.08 IC from Roland in the UK, but on opening the MKS-70, I found that 3 x 1.08 ICs are required!!! grrr.... Now I have to source another 2 from Roland or try and get this one copied somewhere..... btw... dunno why I gave it 2 out of 5 on my last review??? Should be 5/5 !!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-02-2001 at 06:41
sjmojo a professional user writes:
i bought mine for $150 in 96,the sound was ok but couldn't compare to jupiter series/mks80,etc.mine had an overheat problem too and it crashed after powering it on 20-30 mins,finally it's dead and i sold it cheap.not a regret imo.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 15:35
Jason a part-time user from London writes:
I got an end-of-line one in the late eighties for £350! It is a very warm sounding synth in my opinion. The factory sounds are of course total shite, and give you no real idea as to what its capable of. Programming it isn't that bad from the front panel, but when I picked up a PG-800 a few years later, it became much more fun! I would say for most people this is a requirement. It does, unlike the JX-10 keyboard respond to SYSEX so it is fully programmable from a sequencer. In fact I just ordered a new EPROM from Roland for it to take the firmware to 1.08 which is required for SoundDiver 3.0 compatibility! It really is capable of some excellent sounds, especially in the "smooth pad" area. It is also Fully touch sensitive and has aftertouch as well. Very expressive from a good controller keyboard. I recommend it. I have no plans to sell mine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-03-2001 at 10:39
spectralab a professional user from Canada writes:
Just got one and for my part, I'm very impressed by it. It had some pretty big expectations to fill, as I had put in a good chunk of time on the MKS-80 at a studio where I work (before they sold it, the bastards). But I had heard a few owners of both say they prefered the MKS-70, so I wanted to try one for myself before I decided to spend the big bucks on a Super Jup... in my initial five-minute audition I was impressed enough with the 70 that I decided to buy it when the person sold it a couple months later. Well, I got it home a few days ago and have been continuously impressed. Still have to find a PG-800, but all of you belly-aching about programming this from the front panel really have no need to - it's not THAT difficult. All I want the PG for is real-time control. I'll admit this doesn't have the same degree of fat as the MKS-80, but the 70 stomps all over the 80 in terms of warmth and smoothness. Excellent pad machine... I don't normally use analogs for bass sounds, but the stacked-unison bass patch that came with mine, which I can only assume was third party, actually had me thinking twice on that score as well. All in all, I will still buy an MKS-80 to go with it when I start making better money... but for my current gear budget, let's just say the MKS-70 makes reality MUCH easier to face. Can't see myself parting with it anytime soon...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-24-2001 at 04:08
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