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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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lorin a part-time user from USA writes:
I finally gave this thing a go after passing it by for years...I mean I have a Jupiter 6 (and other stuff). I've played a J8. So first off let me say that this sounds NOTHING like a Jupiter. There are some sci-fi bleeps and bloops that sound similar, but it just doesn't sound analog! Especially in the way a real Jupiter gets mean and gritty sounding...

But - I love the JP8000!!! It's sounds frickin GOOD. The bass end is really, really good (whichis elusive on a Jupiter, but possible). I love the ribbon controller on the basses! Did I say I LOVE THE BASS on the JP8000!?!?

The layout on the front panel makes even more sense than on the originals. Overall it is really easy to use and a joy to program.

I was pleasantly surprised, and I want one!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-19-2000 at 13:57
Thomas Karlisch a part-time user from Germany writes:
To be honest: the factory-presets are almost completely aweful. But start programming this little beauty and it shows its abilities. Very fat, espacially when you use the "super-saw"-waveform. I also own a Norld-lead but there´s no way of comparing them. Each one has it´s strenghths, and of course weaknesses, but that´s what makes up individuality in a synth. I use this one for leads and analogue-kind effects. By now I´ve found no better (payable) instrument for my kind of music, which is electronic music with a lot of step-sequencers and synth solos. Bye

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-13-2000 at 03:30
PulseKreator a professional user from St. Louis, Mo. USA writes:
Some flaws??? Yes, a couple. VERY limited polyphony? Yes, but big deal, it's not made to be a workstation. Awesome sound synthesis? YES! C'mon folks, some people are too freakin' picky about things sometimes. People complain about the filters clipping or the key's feel cheap, or it's too limited in some way's. This unit wasn't made to be the most versitile synth you can buy, it was made to emulate the jupiter series with some added bonuses. Even though it may have some flaws compared to the REAL DEAL, you can still get some fucking AWESOME results. Yes, I do have some complaints of my own w/ this synth, but the positive results I get usually with it out-weigh the negative. I can see if someone gets pissed off and goes off on it when they probably got it new for 1200 bucks or more and it doesn't do EVERYTHING they wanted it to, but hell, thats what warranties are for and that's why it should be completly checked out before you buy it (everybody knows this). Bash the things you hate about a unit that's fine, but don't just outrite say that it sucks or is useless, because it may not be useless at all to the next person. Ehh...That's all I got for now...PEACE! 5-Because It blends very well with my other synths, and I have made tracks that blow even my own mind sometimes.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-06-2000 at 23:24
RElikk a professional user from Athens, GA writes:
Imperfect with horrible presets which immediately distinguish it as a techno boxx. What saved it from the "next" pile was the interface, perhaps the best ever. I found it very easy to overwrite the canned dance patches with my own, which lean considerably in a different direction than the prevailing musical drivel out there. All this with the end user foremost considered by the designers (that's a switch).

To my ear, sounds like a JP-6 with an obese bottom end. Love the ribbon slider. Too bad LFO 2 isn't fully implemented; guess it's just part of its imperfection. It didn't take long for the JP to grow on me; surely beats lugging around and OB-Xa. Hope Roland follows it up with a 3rd osc...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-06-2000 at 01:31
peter ericsson a hobbyist user writes:
i love my jp-8000 and it blends absolutely great with my microwave xt. i also own a nordlead 2 but none of these could replace the jp-8000! it has become an essential part of my setup, especially trance pads and leads are it´s strength. it has some weak points also - clicks a lot when low on cutoff and short decay, midi implementation suck (as always with roland gear), built in effects are totally useless. never the less it´s still a great buy and totally worth the buck. i prefere this synth to most other va:s out there. oh yeah mark, the xt is no nightmare to program, i think it´s a blessing!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-29-2000 at 13:16
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