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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Steve a professional user from Manchester UK writes:
The jupiters were good for their time, but have been surpassed in terms of sonic power, versatility and most definately reliability. I owned a Jupiter 8 in the mid 80s and got fed up of its unreliability. I only had to look side-ways at it and its gone out of tune. If you must own a Jupiter go with the JP6 it is just as good if not better than the JP8 and FAR more reliable. Better still get a Yamaha SY77 it is the fattest sounding non analogue synth ever created. As fat as a JP6 cheaper and far better alround. The bass and strings on the SY77 will blow the Jupiters out of orbit literally..

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-24-2005 at 00:35
Underwater Joe from In a wet suit, where do ya think? writes:
I agree with the 'aquatic' describtion of the sonics that this huge 'sizer' produces. But that's in the 'soft spot' area, it can sound very industrial, too...like the J6, but the latter is a cem based machine with a phat, in-yer-face, undescibably alive unison mode sound that knocks the techno sox outta anythin' else out there. The uniqueness of the J8 is the beatiful, trippin' astral LFO-stuff that nothing else can replicate, swoosh-oosh-oosh-uosh-uosh-uish-uish-uosh...its heavenly, and has to be heard. Can make a believer outta anyone. Problem is, the J8 is so damn unreliable, something goes wrong all the time, which, of course, is very annoying, timeconsuming, frustrating and not to mention, costy. But, if you are a patient fella and can afford it, it's totally worth it. The beatiful aquasonics is in a league of its own. Truly trippin'.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-10-2004 at 05:32
Jobe a professional user from NYC writes:
A good synth but not as amazing as you expect. The sounds aren't as broard or warm as the CEM chips create. It isn't as warm as the JX10 either. The build is good. The filter isn't as deep as that on the Jp6. Power supply problems create hassle, especially if you try to fit midi. Voices fail, you repair, and they go again. Parts are also difficult to locate. The Jp6 is easier in that respect and has midi already. Obviously not touch resposive or sophisticated, control wise, in any way. You will constantly worry about failing controls with this synth, often the pitchbend and LFO. They weren't as well looked after as the Prophets so expect damage and butchery. I've dealt in top end synths for some time in the U.S. I always get comebacks with the Jp8. Same with Oberheims. The Jp6 is a better bet and sounds as least as good. The premium price I get and will get is unjustified. But heh! When has common sense ever been an issue in the synth world!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-17-2004 at 10:52
Nebulous a professional user from Canada writes:
This is a killer board.

I'm so protective of it, that I lock the room that it's in, when I'm away, and I don't take it on stage.

The Jupiter 8 is incredibly FAT sounding, and is dynamite through a reverb module. It took me almost four years to dig through most of its features and subtleties.

Although, not velocity sensitive, it's still amazing to play. The two ADSR's are very responsive, and the filtering is deadly. Unison mode it extremely powerful.

If you ever get the change to see the insides of one of these machines, take it. You won't believe your eyes. No wonder it cost so bloody much when it first hit the stores.

One of my favourite things about this machine is the wild sounds you get when you first power it on. As the energy slowly bleeds out of the circuitry, the remnants set the parameters almost randomly. You never know what you'll hear when you switch it on. That, and the save and load system is very robust.

I would never part with this machine.

For examples of how it and some other notable synths sound, check out:

www.Voltage-Control.com

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-14-2004 at 13:05
hexfix93 a professional user from usa writes:
I finally pegged the perfect word to describe the jupiter 8. AQUATIC!

It always warbles, and sounds like it is wet, the filter is wet, everyone says syrup, nope, its warter folks, its aquatic.

That is why it will not deliver those techno stabs like say a virus and a jupiter 6 will. its too smooth and liquidy to do such things. it can float, sink, swim, bubble, pop, spitter, putter, swell, and slosh.

MY favorite, but not the best for dance music. it can be used in dance, but only in certain ways, the strings are to watery and lush..

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-22-2004 at 17:36
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