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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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a professional user writes:
Great idea, but useless to those of us who play in live situations. If you play live with the JP-8080, then you absolutely must have the cards period. Im an owner and a player and I have spent more money on the 5v cards than I did on the JP-8080. But that's ok, I need them for playing live. If you work in a studio perhaps you dont need the cards. But if you play live and need "fast and simple" then get some of the 5v cards before while you still can..... especially if you are on tour or on the road with your band.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-20-2004 at 13:59
writes:
Ok so now everyone jealous of those of us who have an 8080 have to gripe about the 5v Smartmedia cards.

Little hint: one of those cards has 4MB of memory. Since all you're saving is MIDI data, that's about 4,000 patches. In 4MB

So, here's the exciting part: if you have a computer (which I must assume you do, if you're reading here)... guess what?! You can actually BULK DUMP from the JP-8080 to your computer! And it'll save everything! Isn't that cool!

So, for example, if you had 20GB of hard drive space free... that would be, hmm, 100MB is 25x4MB...10x that is 1,000MB or a gigabyte (approximately), so figure 250x4, then 20x that is....20,000. 20,000x4,000 is.... a lot of patches! Probably more than all the synths have which are listed on Synth Site!

WOW!!!!

So you could save a zillion patches onto 20GB of hard drive.

Kinda eases the pain of that hard-to-find missing 5v Smartmedia card, doesn't it?

Mr. Humbled and Awed by the Thought

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-20-2004 at 05:21
a professional user writes:
Yes, buyers should know that the 5V Smartmedia cards for the JP8080 (the SM-4 card) is almost unavailable. The ONLY place you will find them is eBay, but probably not for too much longer. Better get em before they are all gone which will most likely be soon. The JP-8080 is a legendary machine and full of possibilities. But you will need the cards if you want to have tons of extra RAM. They are extremely important especially for ease of use in live performance.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-16-2004 at 17:48
a part-time user writes:
My only problem with the JP8080 is that the 5v Smartmedia cards are extinct. You can still get them on ebay it seems, so its not a big deal but hey Roland could have seen that coming and scooped up a ton of 5v cards for their loyal customers before they became commercially unavailable. Instead, Roland his left us holding the bag (or box in this case) Well, at least for now you can still get them over at eBay (until they are all gone for good) but the whole Smartmedia card fiasco ticks me off. The machine is great even without the memory card, but it ticks me off the way that Roland has handled this whole thing.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-30-2003 at 21:24
writes:
You can only get the cards from Ebay or someone who has some for sale on the 2nd hand markets..

It is still very easy to backup the patch, performance,etc data. All one needs is a midi sequencer that can save and read standard midi format, set to the same device ID, midi channels etc and perform a bulk data dump to the external sequencer and reload by the playing the file back into the jp8080. A Roland MC50 is very good for this and provides basic sequencing capabilities as well.

Obviously the cards allow you to store thousands of patches but only patches in the user memory can be bulk dumped (i.e. stored for eternity), however I believe whole cards can be copied.

I forgot to mention the supersaw bass which the jp8080 is very famous for. One of the great things about the jp8080, besides the overall sound of the digital oscillators are the ways one can physically nudge the sound while playing. For example, velocity- you can quickly and easily allow velocity to affect any parameter with the push of a button and a knob, the "morph" function uses breath control or ribbon movements from an external controller to modulate multiple parameters simultaneoulsy, the voice modulator, the fixed filter bank feature is very useful as a guitar effect/amp modeller or to create those slowly building DJ sets.

If you look at the JP8080 as an "analog style" digital synthesizer you will not be disappointed.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-29-2003 at 14:14
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