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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Patrick Fridh a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
- I've said it before, but I still have this opinion... I bought my 1080 in 1995, and I have _never_ ever had such a great tool. It's all I need, and I will keep it for another 60 years. I love it. The sound quality is great, the MIDI is fast, it's user-friendly, has amazing programming abilities and awesome expansion cards. When it's filled up, just buy one more. No other "do-it-all" synth comes even close in my opinion. The 2080 has some nifty extras, but the same processor, which unfortunately makes it slower over MIDI. In contrast; I've had LOTS of synths over the years, so even in 1995, I wasn't a "beginner" in that sense. That is, the 1080 is _really_ good. It's one of the "Pro Tools" out there. And for the 2nd hand price these days, it can't be beat in years to come.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-29-1999 at 05:27
cre8iv a professional user from Central Kentucky writes:
The 1080 is simply a great utility unit when you need great pads, basses, vox sounds, drums, GM, and guitar sounds.

Where it pales a bit is in the Piano and EP section, but you can remedy that with the Piano module and the Vintage Keys.

Get the Bass & Drum Module if you need the BEST "real" sounding bass sounds. I use them on every record I make. Marcus Miller, Abe Laborial, John Patitucci sounds? Yes.

Very good synth for the money.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-18-1998 at 00:37
Alex van Vendeloo a part-timer user from The Netherlands writes:
This is a beauty: fat filters, crystal clear sounds, great basses, good effects, SHIIIIIIIIIIIIITTTTTTTTTT I LOVE IT!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-14-1998 at 16:03
schaapje a professional user from netherlands writes:
I bought my 1080 years ago and was extremely happy with it...

but now, i seem to find a lot of shortcommings: 1. the filters are crap! they are extremely analog-a-like (which is good) but

when pushing the resonace up far enough you (and the cutoff down) you get

a lot of DIGITAL distortion...(specially in 24dB mode!)

if it were analog distortion, this would be a good

thing, but digidistdirt sounds terrible! 2. the lfo's (although ahving a lot of waveforms and options) are not able

to go fast enough... when put in maximum rate, they still don't come into

the hearing range ( at about 24Hz-&gt; ) so am-mod. is out of the question... 3. lack of pwm... however, the manual says you can sort of simulate it with

the 'wave gain' parameter etc. i have however found a better way to do it...

take a saw-wave in partial1 and an inv.saw-wave in partial2. because of

phase-cancellation of the two waves you would 'officially' hear nothing... but because of little delay's and thingies in the dsp-engine, they are not

completely phase-locked (or sync-ed)... adding some random-pitch to one of

the partials, or adding some analogue feel to them helps to... because of the phase-cancellation and the none-synced-ness of the sound, the

resulting wave is a square-a-like wave with varying duty-cycle ratio's -&gt; a

pwm function! remember, if you're doing this, the other setups (pan, filter etc.) must be

exactly the same for the 2 partials! 4. the ring-mod really sucks! you can actually hear the original signals!!! the synth is however still very impressive...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:40
Jonas Henrikson a professional user from Sweden writes:
Except for maybe a trinity or a Jv2080, the 1080 is the best allround synth

you can get. It Really has everything you need for making ANY kind of music...

The original patches are practically every kind of instrument you might need,

and probably more, but that is not the best part! You also have the possibility

of making your own sounds sound exactly how you want them to sound! There are

no limits to the ways you can change your sounds attributes. The analog wave-

forms combined with filters and resonance is enough to create practically any

analog sound, And the excellent samples of acoustic instruments and drums allows

you to make anything sound as real as the original instrument. And then you have

the 40 effects to play with... Although, there are some negative sides to the 1080 as well. For example, you

can only have 2 User Defined drumkits on the 1080. But on the other hand, each

drum kit contains over 60 separate drums, and you can also make a small drum kit

with 4 different drums using the ordinare patches... Also, you can anly use 1 effect at a time, but frankly i don't think that

matters... I've had my 1080 for a year now and i've never needed more effects

simultaniously, anyway... It's an excellent synth! If you have this one and a good sampler, your sonic

arsenal is way beyond complete!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:40
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