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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Charlie a part-time user from Sweden writes:
I´ve got the R8 mkI. I like because of the quality of the sounds, crisp and clear hi-quality sounds, it´s formidable programming facilities, The swing and the humanize functions are very nice. I use the 808 card a lot, doesn´t sound very similiar to the real deal but it´s nice to tweak the sounds and make them more randomized.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-20-2002 at 12:12
Xavier Chambon a hobbyist user from France writes:
Après avoir eu successivement la R5, R8, je possède depuis un plus d'un la Mk2. Cette BAR est un aboutissement: très agréable à utiliser, à programmer (au bout d'une douzaine d'années d'expérience sur les "human rythm composer", ça aide...). Malgré tout, quelques reproches par rapport à la R5 (utilisée pendant presque 10ans): Lors de la suppression d'instrument individuel, il faut connaître lequel instrument est dans le pattern. Ok, il y a un paliatif(INST LIST), mais c'est plus long : sur la R5? lors de la demande d'effacement, il suffisait d'appuyer sur la touche > ou <, les instruments utilisés défilaient. Cette remarque est aussi valable pour la R8 (vraiment, la boite du "pauvre" (R5) plus ergonomique... ) Mais à part ce désagréable point, c'est la totale : des sorties séparées à donf (!), des pads agréables à manier et précis (pas comme la R5), des sons par centaines (dont cymbale crash frappée main), et enfin une mémoire bien plus confortable. Très fiable sauf au niveau de l'écran qui disjoncte de temps en temps

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-11-2001 at 15:25
Doug Kidder a professional user from USA writes:
I have owned the R-8 mkII for about 8 years now (BTW this thing came out about 1992 -- I bought mine in 93 and yes it is the MKII). I don't use the pads or the sequencer or any of that. I simply have mine hooked up to take midi signal and then submix from 5 outs. I have spent a great deal of time working with the existing sounds and have found that some compression on (don't remember which snare) I have completely emulated the sound of real drums. Oh ya, I own a 56 track professional recording studio and also have real drums (nice kit by the way) in the studio with excellent mics and I get a great sound from those as well. But my preference is the R-8 mkII -- because it is hassle free GREAT sound. Time is money so I look for efficiency to help cut costs and this box is one of many ways I get the sounds that continue to give me a reputation for excellence.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-07-2001 at 00:31
Roxwondaz a professional user from Detroit Mi writes:
I've only personally owned my machine for about 2 days now, and all I can say is that samples have NEVER sounded as good as they do out this box, when you buy one, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE MANUAL!! you won't go far without it. I own an MPC also, and it's nowhere as user friendly. The sequencer is out of this world, there is absolutly no way to tell this is a drum machine. It's 'human'feel' sequencer really works.. play the congo on this, set this feel option up, and it's like having someone actually play it in the room with you! The Midi setup is a little weird, but nothing crazy. You can set up each individual sound to come out a certain output (and there are 8) or out a cartain midi channel, so you can organize your sounds by catagory.. all or certain kicks can be on midi channel 1, snare(s) midi channel 2.. this machine is deep! Here's a tip.. go to the main part of this page, and print the turbo start site out if your new to this box. Don't waste money on other drum machines (how many of them even have expansion cards?? this box can grow with anyones needs!) maybe the R-70, but this is exceptionally better than the dr-770, dr-660, and ALL KAWAI DRUM MACHINES! The electronic and dance cards are suppose to have the classic 808/909 sounds (essential in everyones drumkits) but get the ones that you need. I got mine for $401.00 and will not ever sell this thing.. the pads really nice too.. I can't honestly see roland creating another drum machine like this, and I understand why the price is a little up there.. you get what you pay for, and it's worth it, every red cent! If your into hip-hop and R&B, don't sleep on this... your only gonna buy it later, trust me! Roxwondaz

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-17-2001 at 21:32
rob a part-time user from USA writes:
This machine kicks ass. Much better than the old R8. No real comparison since it holds more than 3 times the sounds and has twice the user memory than the old R8s. No need for cards (except maybe for Dance #10) since you got most of the cool sounds all built in. Same extensive editing of the R8 which it is still famous for. Think of the R8MKII as a suped up R8 and you wont be disappointed. If you are thinking of an R8, then definately save up for the R8MKII which will cost about twice as much :( And you will be GLAD :))

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-15-2000 at 18:56
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