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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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The Almighty GrandMaster Sawblade a part-time user from There writes:
I don't know how programming the actual device is but the samples I have obtained of this device are AWESOME - a "mushier" 808.

Some may call the deep electro-snare cheesy, but it's low frequency makes it react well to distortion effects!

But I'll probably get tired of these sounds after a while, so I don't know about the actual device. Wouldn't mind having it for cheap though...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-May-27-2002 at 20:33
Dj Tommy a professional user from HongKong writes:
This is very good box for fun.on board pattern is nice.also you can mute some sound.but don't said 808 or 909 better than him.That was made before them.i think u can turn some eq or filter with him.The sound will great.try it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-07-2000 at 09:13
PAUL DAWSON from UK writes:
I came accross my CR8000 at a car boot sale... I didn't have a clue what it was until I notice ROLAND in big letters hidden away on the back. Anyway, I got it for £25!!! YEEHAAA!

Sorry about that...I did get kidnapped by terrorists, & my house was burnt down twice that year, if that makes you feel better.

Its a great little mad looking box, great (but not excellent) retro sounds. This said, the snare drum is extremely cheesy! Nice hand clap... Nice latin sounds also.

I've yet to get myne MIDIfied, last time I asked it was gonna cost £250

The buttons are colourful and curved to give it a nice sort of fisher price "my first drum machine" look! This feature is ideal for people more used to ripping off other peoples drum loops.


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-22-1999 at 00:50
herb legowitz a professional user from iceland writes:
i have nothing but love for this roland rhythm box packed full of nice sounds. very analog sounding. not very user friendly programming though. but good for experimental electronic music. top marks from me. (gets 5 because of the guy who gave it an unfair 1)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-12-1999 at 21:17
Ian Tyrrell a part-timer user from England writes:
I paid £100 for this second-hand and I've never looked back. Although limited number of presets, the fact that you can have any 2 (user or factory) at a time is a blessing. If you want an 808ish sound this unit is perfect for the price. But above all else this is a brilliant live machine. When used in conjunction with other kit who cares about the timbral-quality. The 808 dosen't have fill's or the best feature, 'The Arranger' a bank of commonly used element's eg 16-beat hihat, open hat on the off-beat, hand clap etc, though a little cheesy they're a sure way of adding more elements for build-ups. In conclusion, the snobbery of 808 users (and it is just that) is probably due to the fact that they paid an extortionate amount for an over-rated unit. Lets face it what with samplers and products such as the Drum-station, If you really want 'that' sound you might as well buy a more versatile unit, however if you want a good-looking (cream with wild buttons) and fun live-orientated unit, get a CR8000.

posted Tuesday-Aug-04-1998 at 01:18
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