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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Ron a part-time user writes:
One of Roland's finer new machines. Looks cool too. :} You can have endless fun with the JP-8080!! and If you want to expand memory check out eBay for 4mb-5v cards, they usually got em.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-28-2002 at 22:20
Dave Nelson a hobbyist user from United States writes:
To Eric- to find out the OS version, hold the 1 and 3 buttons (the second row below the display) and the LFO1 Waveform button while powering it on. It tell you after it's done with it's little intro graphic. /|\ Right now I only own an Alesis QS6.1 and the JP synth-wise, so obviously this is my main synth... plus I barely use the QS. I personally love it. I've played the nord, and it is thinner sounding than the JP (not so with the Virus). The JP is also discontinued, so getting it for cheap is becoming easier. -- The sounds can be fat, cutting, or basically whatever else... although it doesn't really have that analog feel, it's just too perfect (the same with 95% of VA's). It can do really great basses, which I like, but the best perk is the Super Saw- great for strings (any Wumpscut fan can hear them in action at the beginning of Wulf)- superb for leads also. Only having 2 channels is really not so bad, just record a lot of it to audio. I am having problems with delay sync... so watch out for this, and the OS is also VERY tricky to update. Generally speaking, though, it is a solid synth with many great features, and now the price is very good (gotta love the 6u of knobs, too!) Buy it and you will not regret it- I never did.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-05-2002 at 22:26
Alex a professional user from Belgium writes:
I've had this synth for about 4 months and I really enjoy it. It has a great voice modulator that changes your voice drastically. The sounds are quite absurd but still very impressive.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-20-2001 at 15:03
Anonymous a part-time user from USA writes:
Great synth and beautiful pads!! If you are into Dutch trance then get this synth. Hands-down great! Pair it up with a Nord or Virus and you are in synth heaven.

For the reviewer below: The 'clicks' are due to the very fast attack rate. Many synths create a click or pop noise if the attack is set to 0. Basically the attack is happening so fast it causes a pop. Raise the value slightly and it will go away. This applies to many VA synths.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-22-2001 at 23:25
Adam Wilson a part-time user from Australia writes:
I've had this synth for over 2 years now. I really like it and it forms the heart of my set up. This synth is a dream to program, plenty of knobs and sliders, everything else is a couple of button push's away. The fx are basic but thats good. Im not a big fan of synths that use heaps of fx to make up its sound. Distortion is not that great, but i hardly ever use it. It is good though when you want to make a really harsh ear splitting bass sound - think Atari Teenage Riot.

The major con on this synth (as previously mentioned) "is the clicking sound occurs with certain env or filter settings, sometimes tweaking the filter envelope helps or raising the attack in the amp etc, I have also heard other VA's do this on occassion" - I haven't heard a va which is as bad as the JP8080. Often the clicking gets hidden in the mix. I get around this now though by using a external filter (Electrix Filter Factory). Don't let the clipping colour your view of this synth, cause if you are looking for a synth that does pads, smooth leads and basses then this a synth that I would put at the top of your list.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-02-2001 at 11:20
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