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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Mahdi a hobbyist user from Detroit writes:
Yo-

To all those who want to bring down this great synth, they should simply pick up another act, weave a basket or something! This is without a doubt if not the finest, on of the best VA synths out with its only competitor being the Access Virus. You want analoge? Fine, enjoy making some Super Mario tunes. But if you want an instrument that posseses the potential to produce sounds of the Gods and makes you nutt in your pants, search no further for you have reached the promised land. "Only to layers, boo hiss.." One voice makes me feel unworthy! Disregard all of the negative reviews, they're cought up in the tech hype.

I went to a Mars music store with a couple of my friends and tried out this badboy. At first I listened to it through a pair of headphones. I was come over with complete disbelief so I plugged it to a nearby amp for them listen to. They were blown away! I then wanted to really experience it through the headphones with more volume. I disconnected a chord and connect what appearded to be the headphones. Slowly I raised the volume oblivious to the fact that the amp was still connected and thinking that the sound was coming out of my headphones. I played a techno lick on a lead sound at max volume when my friend tapped me on my shoulder with a shocked look on his face. I looked around and found everyone frozen in midsentence, customers and employees, staring right at me. It was as if the gates of hell had just opened

I'm getting this keyboard in a matter of weeks, and I advise anyone with some degree of musical aspiration to get one. Kudos Roland!

-Mo

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-04-2002 at 15:15
Fleezy Gee from Deep Tunes a part-time user from Germany writes:
Ey yo! First of all I want to thank ROLAND for making such a good machine. Everytime I use the JP its just sit and try out, find out and be better. I am always surprised, what heavy, warm or even creepy sounds it can produce. I have it for few months now, and I am glad still to find out something new. But the Sequencer is a very good tool for making the fAtest basslines or complete melodies. So All the people in the world having such a nice machine: U should know what U have when U have a JP-8000. Make some good music, keep Ur Hands from Trance and don't go into a shop to buy CDs of Pop. greetz, Ur Fleezy

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-30-2001 at 12:20
space helmet a professional user from USA writes:
This synth is great if you know how to use it. After two years I can still find new sounds in it. Its solid as a rock too. I take to three or four gigs a month and have never had a problem with it.

One synth will never do everything and one synth will never be enough for me.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-11-2001 at 11:16
Nigel Day a hobbyist user from Near Bath - United Kingdom writes:
I've had one of these now for 18 months and am still not 100% sure how I feel about it. If I'm honest, and this is going to sound really lame, I was sold as much on the look of the thing as on the sound. As soon as I saw it I was taken back to the days in the early 80's when I used to stand outside the local music shop and stare through the window at the big, shining, brand spanking new Jupiter 6 on display and think to myself "I want that" - I never did get my JP6 but I did get the JP8000- I can't knock the sound quality - 10 out of 10 for that and the interface is perfect - however a couple of things niggle me - first the annoying digital clicking that is apparent on loads of the sounds and is a bastard to get rid of - also the manual is appalling and has so obviously been translated from Japanese (and by a drunk, blind, mute at that)- theres also something else which I have never been able to define, something I call the Roland factor - I've owned 7 or 8 Roland keyboards over the years and have sold every one within a year of purchase (except this one of course,and a battered old 101 though the thought has crossed my mind)- theres something about Roland stuff I do not like - apolgies to Roland fans out there but I think of the D50 and all those souless JV things and I think "Yawn" - it's kind of like white bread. We all know that brown bread is better for us but we still go out and stuff ourselves with the bleached fatty stuff 'cause that's what we've been sold as the "norm". It's the same with the Roland stuff for me - whereas with Korg stuff say, it's always felt as though they intend to produce nomal sounding pieces of gear and then at the last minute some escaped lunatic breaks into the design dept of Korg central, unbeknown to the technicians and designers there he scrambles up their blueprints and redesigns their circuit diagrams and then disappears into the night - leaving the Korg guys scratching their heads when their babies land on their desks looking like Workstations (See Z1, Trinity, Wavestation, Karma) yet behaving like workstations with immediate adolescent angst. But I waffle and if anyone reads this who is thinking about buying a JP8000 I'd say fine but in all honesty go out and get a MS2000 !!!!!! The only VA board I've played that sounds anything remotely like analogue - I've got a monopoly/SH101/Minimoog/OBX & Prophet 1 and this baby is as good as those and in some cases excels them all.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-20-2001 at 13:04
G.R. a hobbyist user from USA writes:
so i gave it a "4." but its still my baby. i got a used one and sold it cuz i got in a hole financially. but only cuz i knew i'd buy it new soon after. and this time she'll forever be by my side. sometimes it can kinda be a little too cold and digital. you can hear the bits of data. but i've never enjoyed programming/playing a synth so much. everything has its use including synthesizers, and this one makes me happy.

G.R.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-17-2001 at 23:15
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