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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Greg a hobbyist user from Los Angeles CA writes:
Anyone looking for a VA synth has definetly got to check this out. One of the best synths I've owned. I compared this to a MS2000 and an Ion and the JP is more fun to program and use. The only negatives I can think of are limited LFO routing and the finish of the case which makes it look black to almost light blue depending on how much light is in the room, and always looks dusty. Also it grets scratched easy. The ability to come up with the nastiest, wildest, sickest synth tones and beyond totally from scratch - that's why I love this synth. I didn't even bother getting any preset patch banks for it, I tried them out and weren't even my style. I am suprised nobody uses the performance options as much as they should, you can get more detuning and octaves this way not to mention splittable arp! So if you are into dance, hip-hop, techno, anything related to that... you need this. I had a JD-800 before this and I thought if that was great then how good this would be for electronic stuff - and yes, this synth satisfies my virtual analog needs and is one of my favorite synths I have ever played. Easiest synth to program I have ever owned.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-03-2011 at 19:59
sneakyalien a part-time user from uk writes:
I am going to get shot for saying this, but the JP8000 is one of the finest synthesisers ever created!!!I can hear the analogue anorak brigade baying for my blood,blasphemy is the cry. Personally I have owned most analogue poly synths from Siel DK600 to Alesis Andromeda's and I have a fare understanding of what all the fuss is about with analogues,but the JP8000 sounds so beautiful, to my ears anyway;it can make all the sounds you really need from deep sub bass to beautiful haunting strings to weird alien drones etc. Really easy to program,amazing interface, great sounds,looks sexy and will not cost you an arm and a leg and will probably work the next time you switch it on. If you are on a budget and are looking for a great dance synth get one of these synths. 5 out of 5.The last great poly synth Roland ever made.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-24-2010 at 18:59
JPJunk a hobbyist user from the netherlands writes:
I own and owned a lot of synthesizers,half year ago i bought this JP8000 secondhand and now my review here:this is a beast,a winner,a state of the art sounding digital synth,one of the best ever made!this machine can do almost everything,sound modern,techno,trance,new age, but also old school analoge and yes,there they are,after good programming:Arp's,Moog's,Oberheim's,for example i programmed fantastic Minimoog like sounds!!those knobs and sliders are there for YOU! so USE IT! and dont complain,if you dont like this synthesizer you did not get deep into it. It deserves the JP name of JUPITER!(also the biggest and fattest planet of our solar system;) and wil become a future classic!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-11-2009 at 11:05
peter Dome a hobbyist user from uk writes:
im no synth expert,but I bought my JP8000 secondhand of ebay a year ago now.and what a beast. It sounds fantastic with, plenty of powerful, sounds to scare the neighbours with.

It has lots of buttons,and faders to twiddle to your hearts content, one of the things that prompted me to buy it. It also looks really cool.

It never seems to amaze me,with its sound versetility, just when I think I know everything it can do,I find something new, to blow my socks off.

Its made from some kind of plastic, that scratches, and,dents very easily was very lucky really, mine has just a few minor scratches, but I imagine, it wouldn't stand up to the rigours of gigging very well. my only negative.

This synth seems to have a mind of its own. Glad theres no traditional instrument sound presets.

Ill never part with mine. Secondhand,they are reasonably cheap for a synth with so much, and so great sounding, and, I can see them becoming very sought after, especially in the future.

It has a character of its own, Ive heard people compaire it to Jupiter 8, and,jupiter 6s, but I dont think so.

A great digital synth, at a reasonable price.Id buy another if I had the money as a spare.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-01-2008 at 00:17
Andronicus a part-time user from Australia writes:
I've had this synth about 2 weeks now, and am very impressed. Have played this before when they were new in the shops, but didnt like it at the time, then I heard a track this guy did just using JP-8000 sounds, and was totally blown away by the sound quality and character I heard!

I've owned many analog machines, Moog Micromoog, Roland System 100 modular, Juno 106, Cheetah MS6, Oberheim Matrix 1000, Roland JX-8P

I can tell you it doesnt sound exactly like any of them, but then again they don't sound much like each other either! The Jp-8000 sounds great, very very similar to analog, often far better. I could never get string sound like this out of the single DCO Juno... even with chorus on max the Juno strings sound painfully thin. I think the JP-8000's strings sound thicker and have more character just using one OSC with the chorus off!

One thing that is worse than the system 100, the system 100's pulse width modulation OSC was much fatter and better sounding. But the Juno's PWM sucked as well, so can't complain.

Filter was better on the sy-100 too, but only just slightly. However the JP-8000's sound sit much better in the mix...

Conclusion- Much better than Roland JX-8P, Juno and other DCO analogs I've owned. Doesn't sound quite as fat as a Oberheim Matrix 1000, but I prefer the sound of the Roland in the mix. Moog Micromoog is a joke compare to the JP-8000, very limited indeed. High frequencies actually sound warmer on the JP-8000 than on the MicroMoog. I would'nt say the JP has that Moog sound, but to be honest I don't want that Moog sound anyway.

The JP-8000 sounds so similar to a vintage board, that there is more differance in the sound between some of these units than the JP. Convincingly vintage enough yet fresh... a modern classic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-01-2008 at 03:26
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