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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Michel a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
I bought my JP8080 some months ago and I love it. I didn't play a Virus, a 'Q' or a Nord, but what I heard from demo's they sound a bit artificial and too slick. The JP8080 is quite easy to work and it will sound as rough or as warm as you like it to be. I can fiddle and jam on it for hours. Most important for me is, that when I play my JP8080 I have the feeling that I play an instrument and not a computer. By the way, I think that's the problem with synthesizers these days: the're computers in stead of instruments. Why do you think old analog synths are so in demand? They don't have all the midi-shit with witch you have to scroll trough endless menu's and submenu's and with witch you need a PC and hours of practice to make it work. If I could make one suggestion to Roland and other synth manufacturers: forget midi and use the money for something relevant!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-07-1999 at 15:59
charlie writes:
Don't expect this thing to do everything- but if you want a super fat synth with 10 voice polyphony get it.This synth should readily deflate the value of vintage synths like the tb 303 and jp8. You simply get one of the most versatile synthesizers ever created. AND it is rock solid- never had any midi timimg problems-lock ups- no OS flaws. Ive had it almost a year and i still believe it has more power that is there waiting to be tapped. I love it and recommend it over access and nordlead products- Roland engineers didn't fail with this one..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-18-1999 at 06:09
Ben a part-timer user from Wisconsin writes:
I'll give a more in depth review later (just picked her up a few days ago)... but I thought I'd have everyone read a line from a review elsewhere on the page:

schematics. Its like plug and play.. that simple. I give the Jp 8080 a

hehehehe... plug'n'play... simple? works everytime? Let's all think about this one for a minute. ;) (although he was right.. it is easy to get everything up and running)..

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-23-1999 at 09:43
Jason a hobbyist user from California USA writes:
The JP 8080 is definatly kick butt. The pads and string sounds are ear candy the effects are good but a bit limited. I personaly like the slow chorus effect with a synthy string sound with a super saw to make somthing really fat. It does a decent TB 303 bass sounds. Van halen leads are capable on this synth. Try the OB 8 patch you can almost sing Jump from Van halen using this patch. Its definitly Retro Techno electronic sounding. It can sound like the pioneering days of synth sounds back in the day. The Vocoder stuff of this synths is really powerful once you get to know how to use it. You can use any of the onboard patches and effects you desire for strange volcal or instrumental sounds. You can be the next big break beat artist or a good Industrial artist with this thing. You can filter your voice in realtime or heck ringmod it or hear what you sound like with a fast LFO effect or mabey you want to hear your self using some of the onboard wave forms. if your a DJ then dont count thsi synth out with the voice modular you can cook up the craziest effects on your records or CD's. The Voice modular is the coolest I have ever heard.

For the price when I bought it it was the best for the buck. I got it like this last winter for around $1300 usd. I havent herd or played the compitition VR synths and though I cant say anything bad about my synth exept in features compared to the rest. Yes the poly is still low and the timbral is weak too but for a beginer like my self it was perfect and fun to get my feet wet in to Modelling synthesis.

As for the midi thing I can tell you its actually as easy as turning on a light. Alls you have to do is plug the midi cable into the remote keyboard in on the JP 8080 and plug in the other side to the keyboard controller Midi out. The JP 8080 automatically tracks the signal and walla your playing your new synth on your midi keyboard. there is no searching for the channel or have to go in to midi schematics. Its like plug and play.. that simple. I give the Jp 8080 a (drum rolling)... score of 5. It is the most fun easiest creative inspiring coolest sounding synth I have ever owned.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-23-1999 at 06:36
Kaliss a hobbyist user from USA writes:
i too am interested in how this remote or midi in thing works.. i'm interested in expanding but with lack of midi thrus i dont know how to configure my whole setup to work around it all. Other than that, i own the keyboard version, JP-8000 and its great. the several new features on the rack version such as unison, external input , etc. gives it a 5'er

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-22-1999 at 13:52
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