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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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koko a part-time user from US writes:
Hi I would like to correct Nubey.

The MKS-80 is using MPG-80 and not the PG-800.

The reason the MPG-80 is so expensive is because it is a giant controller that is made out 60+ faders/knobs/buttons and has all midi thru it.

Imagine the Jupiter-8 without faders...

That is why I think everyone should get it with the MKS-80. I couldn't edit it without.

The MKS-80 has a LPF and HP filter and you can get many great sounds with it.

I love mine and will never sell it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-30-2001 at 13:26
nubey a professional user from usa writes:
You know, it's a freaking great synth but.. It really irks me that the PG800 (the programmer with all the knobs) in most cases is as expensive or even more then the actual synth leaving most to have only the one paltry slider for edits. But it sure isn't as cool as midi'd Jupiter8 or even a 6 with it's gnarly multi mode filter. Runs rather hot too, keep it in the top two rack mounts the OSC's will drift as the heat increases, real high tech stuff mind you..

Great but expensive and finding a PG800 for a good price is like finding a needle in a hay stack.

-Nubey

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-29-2001 at 15:49
nubey from usa writes:

posted Monday-Jan-29-2001 at 15:46
mike a professional user from AZ usa writes:
My MKS-80 Super-Jupiter is the older version 4 and it does self oscilate and distort like hell. it does have all the 4 waveforms on osc 2 and the envelopes are as fast as the wind. by using the MPG-80 you have to watch for the big changes with little faders - and if you do it slowly you'll get any setting possible. It doesn't sound like a Jupiter-8 but I think the MKS-80 is a Classic Analog Synth and more precise . I was able to make lead sonuds just like the Minimoog and in unison with 16 oscilators and detuning them.

I was also able to achive very warm sounds with ease and I remember using the version 5 MKS-80 which I didn't care for as much as the one I own now.

because it is a true VCO synth, sometimes you'll have to push the onboard "auto tune" to tune the VCO's. ( not a big deal)

This Super-Jupiter is one of the only synths I know of that can easily create sounds from Minimoog to a DX-7 and still sound analog.

get yourself the cart M64-C for extra sounds.( you'll need it )

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-29-2001 at 15:07
CoolColJ a part-time user from Australia writes:
The MKS-80 defintely sounds fat and warmth. Its very versatile in sound, but there are some weird things I don't like about it.

Firstly the filter doesn't self-oscillate, so it tends to sound like the filter in my Roland S-550 sampler. Damn annoying, so some kinds of sounds are not possible on it :( Secondly the envelopes seem to have linear rates which is a major bummer for getting the smooth rounded tones of the older pure analog synths like the Minimoog. And they seem rather coarse. Thirdly, I wish I could use noise without lossing the 2nd oscillator. Fourthly, the triangle waveform sounds way too siney, it should have a mellow buzz. 5th no bandpass filters, or resonance on hipass

What I like -

nice exponential rate glide, solo legato triggering mode and bi-timbral ability with a separate out for each part. Unison mode can be set separately for each part. Cross modulation is nasty too, and the VCOs drift nicely.

I have the so called inferior Roland oscillator chip rev 5 version. It sounds fine too me, in fact just as nice as a Memorymoog ;) Plus this version has 2 extra settings for the 2nd oscillator.

But there is something weird about the MKS-80's sound, which I can't quite put my finger on.. :(

Still wondering wether I should sell it ot not.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-26-2001 at 05:03
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