Synth Site: kawai: q80: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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allen wrench a hobbyist user from san frandisco, california writes:
the manual can be ordered from kawai. it costs $32.01 and you can call 800-421-2177 then ask for steve on ext 304

posted Wednesday-Jul-26-2000 at 20:39
Ellsworth Hall a professional user from USA writes:
I've had mine since 1991 and still use it live and in my studio. I'll often dump Cakewalk sequences into it to bounce back to the computer recording the audio output from my synths as they are controlled by the Q-80.

It's a great live sequencer and I just love the way it looks. Very sleek. I still use the sys-ex dump feature once in a while and it's great for a portable mini-studio taking just it and my QS-7 on a vacation. I've even used that utility program to save Q-80 files to the PC. Handy!

Years ago before I did most of my sequencing on a PC, my partner and I sequenced an entire album with the Q-80. So easy to use!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-22-2000 at 14:24
brandon a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I went looking for an MMT-8 at the local used equipment shop and stumbled on this instead, and from what I can tell it does a lot more for not that much more cash. I got mine for $125 (average price used as far as I know), and combined with an Akai s-20 sampler I can do a lot with a setup that costs one-third of and MPC2000.

posted Monday-Jun-19-2000 at 13:50
Jamie a professional user from Philadelphia PA, USA writes:
With all the changes in technology over the past 10 years or so, especially with upgrades in memory, etc., I think it means something to say that my Q-80 is the ONLY part of my rig that has remained in my setup all these years. I got mine back in 1988 or so, and even though it doesn't hold the most memory in the world, it still holds ENOUGH. The SYS-EX dumps to the floppy drive has made it worth its price alone in not needing memory cards, etc. for my synths (and I have MANY!) The Q-80 is still the easiest hardware sequencer I've ever used. I recommend this sequencer to anyone who needs a good solid. reliable hardware sequencer to take on the road, or anyone wishing to do bulk data dumps to floppy, or anyone who doesn't use a computer for sequencing. Even if you do use a computer sequencer, download all you sequences to the Q-80 and take the little bugger on the road with you,

However... With as high praise as I give this machine, it doesn't really suit my needs anymore. I've become more accustomed to software sequencing and hard disk recording, and I no longer go on the road. I know what this thing was worth 12 years ago, anybody have any idea what a Q-80 in perfect condition is worth these days?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-22-2000 at 04:33
Kikko a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
This things the bomb!... Just took it out of my closet and learned to use it, and it actually beats the S/W sequencers when it comes to laying down some nice beats... Just hook it up to my AN1x and Reaktor and I got myself an MPC-killer!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-18-2000 at 16:18
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