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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Blue Q from canada writes:
This is the richest, warmest, most rubbery sound generation machine I've ever heard. While a minimoog will be a bit fatter, the Mks-80 is just so frikin' musical. So fuzzy wuzzy!

posted Saturday-Jan-11-2003 at 22:51
NYDude a part-time user from NYC writes:
Amused to read reverential tones of bozos on the MKS-80. Yes, excellent sounds.HOWEVER... PROS: -professional, very high quality sounds -t-i-g-h-t envelopes/midi = hi expression quotient -small yet still ok to program without programmer unless mentally challenged or ADD candidate CONS: -everyone conveniently forgets the inevitable, cold Roland filters, which served to then smear all Japanese analog synths with the same cloth (see Yamaha CS series for American-type warmth). -another convenientally forgotten detail - MKS-80 and Rolands in general do not have the balls of the Prophets/Moogs/Oberheims/Voyetras for bass. Jupiter 8 closer to the American classics, a little more powerful, though the envelopes aren't as tight as the MKS..

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-06-2003 at 21:40
Cap'n Chunk a professional user from amorica writes:
The mks 80 is pretty cool. Of course, it is a rackmount synth which some people do not like. However, the mks 80 alongside the mpg 80 programmer make's for a wonderful piece of kit which does not take up too much space, and it sounds absolutely superb, like a jp 6 but with more bass. With the programmer its a breeze to use. I program my own sounds all the time, and I prefer having this synth in a rack so I can use my own keyboard controller and conserve space. Perhaps for a live band a jp 8 is better, but not for me. Imho this synth sounds way better than a juno 106 btw...but they are different beasts in a sense(single dco vs. 2 vco's, keyboard vs. rack etc.) I think its unfair to give this syntha really low score simply because it is a rack. I think this deserve's a 5 for all the pure analog goodness they packed in here, and with the mpg 80 its great.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-21-2002 at 00:28
joey d a part-time user from usa writes:
bought my mks-80 a few months ago,now i just sold it,i expected much more from this unit as it was to be a jupiter-8 rack mount.i had a version 4 which is to be the "warmer sounding" version only to find that it sounds metallic and is completly useless to program without the mpg-80 and even software editors dont work well.the factory presets sound very boring and for the time waisted messing with it trying to get some "good usable" sounds it isnt worth it.i see why alot of people are switching over to newer synths and making more music instead of just pushing buttons making patches all day.if i had a choice of buying one again i would not even think of it,your much better-off buy a jupiter 6/8 and having all the knobs to play with then messing around with a huge overweighed rack and a jumbly programmer.i think my juno 106 sounds better than this and is much easier to make patches.thank god its gone! now i can use the money to buy something much better.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-05-2002 at 01:36
synthartist a part-time user from Van Buren, Arkansas writes:
I would love for Roland or really just about anyone to produce a keyboard controller specifically designed for module realtime filter tweaking! They could make a PG 2000 and it could have 76 weighted or non weighted keys with tons of filter and arpeggiator fader or realtime controls onboard. Then you could go out and buy a JD 990, MKS 80, MKS 70, and similiar modules and just go crazy tweaking the filters!!!! It could have the same layout as the Jupiter 8 but add a ribbon controller, motion control, touch sensitivity, etc.!!! I wonder why this has not been done yet? I wonder if it would be compatible with any module out there. Let's say you wanted to use it with an oberheim matrix 1000 then maybe some of the controls would have no effect. One thing that some of these analogs are missing is effect processing. You could put an effects unit or two in your rack that respond to midi and run one or more modules through it. Basically I would be most interested in delay, reverb, and chorus but why limit yourself? The controller could have a link function specially designed for aligning effects patches to synth patches!!!! WOW! I would pay $2,000.00 for something like this!!!! What do you think? Will it ever happen?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-17-2002 at 10:50
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