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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Great machine!! Buyers should be aware though that the memory cards are not available anywhere except eBay if you are lucky. :) Its an important thing to know. Regular smartmedia wont work. You need the "old" type 5 volt cards which are not around anymore. Fortunately they do pop up on eBay once in a while, but that's your only hope.

posted Tuesday-Dec-03-2002 at 17:15
Alfonso Alba a hobbyist user from Mexico writes:
I bought a JP8000 for $500 a few weeks ago. I also own an MS2000R and a couple hybrids (Poly800 and SQ-80). I used to own a Juno 106 which I sold.

The first thing I noticed about the JP8000 is that it can sound very close to the Juno (which is good) but it's much more flexible and fun to play with.

Pros:

- Very easy to program. Still, you have to look at the manual for some stuff, like assigning the pitch bend range or the ribbon controller.

- Sounds great. Of course this is subjective, but IMO it's worth the $500 just for the sounds. Great oscillators, decent filter.

- Fun to play. Lots of knobs, a joystick, and a ribbon controller. This is one of the most playable synths I've owned.

- You can find it cheap if you're lucky.

Cons:

- Lacks in modulation possibilities. LFO2 is locked to vibrato, tremolo, and wah. Envelopes are locked to amplitude and filter cutoff, respectively. There's a pitch envelope but only has attack and decay. Joystick can't be assigned to whatever you want; only pitch bend and LFO2 depth.

- Clicking sounds when the envelopes attack and release are set to the lowest. Always need to raise them a bit.

- Doesn't have much headroom. Boosting the bass will distort the sound easily, but digitally, in a bad way.

- Plastic case. Feels weak. At $500 it's nothing to complain about, but this synth costs $1200 new.

I can't really compare the JP8000 to the MS2000R. Featurewise, the MS is much more flexible, but has half the polyphony of the JP. Each has their own character and are able to make sounds the other synth can't. So, for me, the JP8000 is totally worth $500; maybe even up to $700 for its playability, but not more. I give it a 4.5.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-29-2002 at 10:36
Andy a hobbyist user from England writes:
The JP 8000 is without a doubt the coolest synth roland have ever made, not the best but definately the most funky. Roland who wanted to breath new life into their famous jupiter series created this unbelievable VA. Smoe functions are similar to the Jupiter 8 such as a split keyboard function (which is very useful). The sounds that this synth can generate are hard to beat, its not a warm synth, its very harsh infact but still send shivers down your spine. You can tell that Roland put great thought into this synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-30-2002 at 18:51
Mike a hobbyist user from ny writes:
ok, my second commentary on the JP8000.....

I've now owned it over 18 months. There are minor issues related to clickiness in some high-octave sounds when you crank up the filters and bend pitch, and no MIDI thru and no vocoder.

Those are the only negative things I can find with it. EVERYTHING ELSE about this synth is awesome! I don't regret the $900 I spent on it at all; it continues to provide inspiration. I've accidentally created plenty of great new (for me) sounds and been able to closely approximate most of my fave synth sounds. The user interface is fantastic.

What else can I say? If you can still find one, it's truly worth the $$... buy it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-07-2002 at 14:46
Synth Tester a professional user from Poland writes:
Nice synth. (Arqpeggios and Pads)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-08-2002 at 05:24
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