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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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jaya a part-time user from Singapore writes:
The R8 Mkll is widely used over here.Indian bands(origin from India) use it exrensively. I suppose its real sound almost organic is the plus point.Its CD quality sound is another plus.Perhaps the setback is with the memory card which can only store one bank's data,usually B Bank.The Mkll is great when played on top a programmed pattern with a real drum for live performances which I do often.Seldom people notice the machine.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-20-2000 at 11:12
Adam Jay a part-timer user from the biggot infested land of the free writes:
hmm, yea - if you want to use the R8 with full midi control get the R8M... but like most other drum machines... people buy them partly for the sequencer. which is why people by the R8 MK2.

firstly... the PADS are AWESOME. no - they aren't all fluffy and MPCish.. but they give it a HUMAN FEEL. it is very apparent why they call this a HUMAN RHYTHM COMPOSER - it has an intimate non-mechanical feel to it, unlike anything else.

the sounds.. COULD YOU REALLY ASK FOR ANYTHING BETTER? in terms of digital samples... these are the BEST i've heard.. and the ability to edit them and their parameters is AWESOME.

programability.. well of course the Sequencer rocks as i said before. Anyone who cannot figure it out, probably has not had much experience in Drum machine step/tap/grid programming. its awesome. LOTS of options too.. I just think its very personable. the Feel patches ROCK!! (can anyone say I.D.M. ??) and how about that Velocity Sensitivity? eh?

why they stopped making these to go on and make crap like the dr5 and dr202 i will never understand. i'll probably never use another drum machine in my life (unless i get the kick to sample live drums)... this thing is hands down THE BEST. i know several people that wanted an MPC for drums.... but found the R8Mk2 and aren't looking back for one second. the Mk1 ain't bad either if you have the Dance card..

oh yea - how about that bass guitar?? and you can bet the farm that this is used on a good percentage of todays hip-hop r&b.

a bajillion stars

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-28-1999 at 03:24
eric sherman a professional user from usa writes:
i hate this machine. and here's why: it has 10 outs it has awesome sounds it has great sonic control it has a great sequencer BUT.. it has got to have the absolute WORST midi strategy.

it almost seems like when they made this machine, they never even imagined that anyone would use the machine primarily as a sound generator. and i'll tell you right now, coming from the dr-660 and now the 770, unless you're going to use the internal sequencer in this machine, DON'T BUY IT!

instead of modifying the way PADS affect the SOUNDS that they're assigned to, you modify the SOUNDS themselves. this means that if you have another PAD in that KIT (or any of the other *5* possible kits) that uses that same SOUND, it will sound exactly the same. terrible.

AND! if that wasn't enough, midi note numbers are assigned to the SOUNDS themselves, and not to the PADS within KITS! WHAT?!

anyway, the machine is great except for very a very very very poor OS. i reccomend it if you plan on using the internal sequencer. (10 outs, yikes!)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-25-1999 at 13:38
onomat a professional user from australia writes:
My first and favourite piece of gear!!

Huge pitch range for editing, incredibly Hi-Fi sound, great cymbals and kiks and the best nuance feels for making patterns randomize their timing and hit strength continuously...nothing else does what the R8 can it as I'm a drummer of 20 years and this machine has helped me get heaps of programming jobs where a keyboard player (with no idea about rhythm and detail) would usaually get called to have all the cards...the ethnic percussion stuff is incredible too as you can here the room they were recorded in!!

My Jupiter 8 power slammed it from on high and it has no screen anymore and LCD wasted but still works fine! Gotta memorize button presses to get around the menus now. Been tracking a new screen for the last 3 years...found one! The R8MK2 screen fits right in and managed to get a front cover from Japan too!!!


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-28-1999 at 12:17
Pookie a hobbyist user from Bazrhan writes:
I just got a minty-mint R-8mkII and within a half of an hour I was in love. The sequencer couldn't be any more intuitive, and it sounds great. It's the best drum machine I've ever laid my hands on. The real-time input slider allows you to pull off some really cool "filter sweepy" snare rolls and you can swing the pan back and forth and it all records in real-time! I'd take this over an MPC2000 any day, cause really, the sequencer sections are pretty similar, but with the R-8, you don't have to load samples every session, and it's a hell of a lot cheaper. Grab one if you're looking for a great drum machine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-22-1999 at 10:32
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