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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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David Spero Peligro a professional user from London & South Central Los Angeles writes:
Simply put - this glistening module can't be beat for the current price! I see 'em on ebay for roughly $250.00 USD.. Ass kicking price for a compact analog ROLAND synth... If you have a small studio space or "corner" like I have, this is an ideal analog synth for a rack at max capacity! Get one Mate!! Juicy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ......PROGRAMMING BULLOCKS........... I don't have the pg 800 programmer, so I'm spending tons of extra time editing from the front interface (Two BLOODY Fingers on that bastardo interface!!) SO - HOW DO THE SOUNDS ONBOARD BLOODY STACK UP YE OLDE BASTARD???!.... Hmnnn, that is a tough question, well, they're - smooth and somewhat glistening, like a lousy english fox hunting tapestry with ketsup smeared all over it. I've chewed out some whacked noise bastard pads and some silky pink soothing pussy thrust like pads.. Excellent smooth sounds, very eighties indeed..Somtimes i feel they're a little too smooth...The chorus is like a just out of the oven glazed crispy creme doughnut...Sweetened to the max. If you're looking for Roland quality analog this is definately a good stop. I've read reviews of comparisons to other roland synths... Well, I've owned quite a few Juno's 6, 60, and 106 and I find this synth not at all related to the Juno line.. The MKS 70 is silkier than the junos... This one's kinda uncomparable. Also, if you can - try one out before you go ebay hopping!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-09-2003 at 00:17
Alex a hobbyist user from London writes:
Correction ! I'm actually, replying to what Chris L had commented on in his message, apologies. Thanks Chris and hexfix !

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-01-2003 at 09:35
Alex a hobbyist user from London, UK writes:
Hi Hexfix and Neven ! Thanks for your suggestions. I finally weiged up the MKS-70 and JP-6 and i finally went down the MKS-70 path. Just snagged this (heavy) pup today for 360 GBP (without programmer :(). I had a good demo on the JP-6 and i thought it was ok, really. The arpegiator on it was quite mad especially with the hold function and it made some wacky FX, nice leads and basses. However i though the sound was as hexfix says - "a little harsh" nowhere near as silky or warm as the MKS-70. Although some people might think the JP-6 to be a superior instrument, i just prefered the MKS-70 not only sound-wise but also it is nowhere near as heavy or *big* as the JP-6 which would have used up loads of space in my room. Just my 2pence-worth. Also looking to get a M64C cart for it and also a "knobby" controller to control it like a kenton or an m-audio. thanks again :-)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-01-2003 at 09:30
neven a professional user from germany writes:
the jx and jupiter can cover similar territory. i use the jupiter-6 for its extreme, dry basses below 100 hz, i know of no other machine that can beat it there. very well suited for d&b or electro, imho. the jp-6 is more metallic-sounding, the jx is, well, yes - silkier. jp-6: think techno, jx- think trance. the jp-6´s filter is more suited to wacky resonant sweeps. imho, the resonance on the jx sounds too digital. the jx, however, is more versatile: it will give you very lush pads a la oberheim matrix, useful for "non-electronic" genres like rock or jazz or film music, and "quasi-modular" exotic bleepstreams, too. both are very good machines, if you manage to get the pg-800-programmer with your mks/jx. the jx is a steal these days. it´s a funny old world, where you can buy both for the price of a jupiter-8... both are among the best analog synths ever produced and should keep you happy for a long time.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-24-2003 at 13:36
Chris L a professional user from London writes:
I own both the Jupiter 6 and a Super JX10...the keyboard version of the MKS70. Both are fantastic synths...two of the best ever made by Roland, if not by anybody. The MKS50 is not in the same league as either so disregard any comments to the contrary. Who cares about simple bloody hoover noises...for god's sake... The JP6 is a lot harsher in its sound as has been suggested. The crossmod section is better developed and it has an arpeggiator...I don't know how useful that would be to you. The MKS is a lot silkier and is an absolute diamond to play and program. You do need the optional programmer though, otherwise it's a bit mind-boggling...pages and pages of options etc. The sound is massive. It is bi-timbral after all and does offer 12 note poly. Both synths have great character and you will love either. All-in-all, if I had to keep one it would have to be the super JX. It is a better piece of kit than the JP8...I've got one of those as well. The JP6 is just as good as the 8. When people say it is less powerful, they mean it has two less notes of poly. It has a better filter and a simple midi implimentation. Nice! Do get a programmer though. It has a great feel to it and allows you to sit up comfortably on a chair to do your programming. Buy a JP6, a prophet VS, a Super JX, a JD800 and a Z1 and the whole world will love you as much as you'll love yourself!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-24-2003 at 12:18
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