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Average rating: 4.6 out of 5
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Oscar a professional user writes:
This is the beast of drummachines. It is the most powerfull and easiest to program of all out there. ROLAND MAKE A NEW UPGRADED WERSION !!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-15-2002 at 13:46
John a part-time user from Sweden writes:
I really like this machine. The sequencer is awesome. I use it with the electronic (808) card for techno music. The swing and random functions are really cool. 8 outs are great. The internal sounds ain´t very spectacular but very crisp and clear, high quality sounds that suits any kind of pop music. The percussion sounds are very good. The 909 card is very hard to find. Overall a cheap and reliable machine that takes care of all the drums.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-04-2002 at 10:51
arkanoid a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
The Roland R8 isn't the most easy drum machine you can buy, but if you stick your mind to it and with a little bit of patience, you'll soon find out that this piece of machinery is the work of somebody who knows what they're doing. The sounds are just great. I have 7 of the 11 Rom sound cards, and even with pitch and decay adjusted, the sounds stay clean and pure! Who wants an 909 or 808 for 1500 euro, if you can have them both for mearly 1/5 of the price...!? Critics will say, I'm wrong, but when you use the kick-drum from the dance-card(909) and overdue on your PA, it just explodes in your face like a real 909. BANG!!! Take that and the many features (roll,...) and the possibility to use Ram-memory cards to store everything, you have a true classic drum machine, for a rediculous low price. The R-8 is everything you want and more. I LOVE THIS MACHINE!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-05-2002 at 14:15
Eric a professional user from Chicago/USA writes:
The R8 has been in my arsenal since it's inception. Always a reliable source of great sounds. I've somewhat reluctantly decided to put it up for sale along with 5 sound cards...including the much sought after ethnic card...,Metallic,Power Drums USA, Electronic &Contemporary Percussion cards. any me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-25-2002 at 13:36
jdavyd a professional user from usa writes:
originally an R5 user, i bought the r8, specifically the r8 rack, cause i wanted to have more sounds. i got it with the "dance" and "electronic" cards, and i have to say that the "dance" card alone is worth the money i paid.

sure, it takes a bit to get into this machine, especially the rack (its only got like 6 buttons and the screen is TEENY) but what doesnt eh?

this is the absolute best machine ive ever worked with. live and in the studio - more outputs than i could ever wish for. the sounds - absolutly amazing. HUGE kicks, tight snares, sharp hats, everything i could ever wish for an all of it is PHAT! no machine ive ever used has this sound - big, round, and dark, but with amazing clarity. it cuts thru a mix and hits you in the chest. the best drums ever.

im a lifetime r5/r8 user - buy either machine, especially the r8 (any version) and you wont be sorry.

question - ive still got an extra slot for a sound card - what would anyone recommend? email me please!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-28-2001 at 10:08
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