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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Mark a part-timer user from PLUTO writes:
This is a monster. Need neverheard drums? Need spastic patterns? CHECK THIS BABY!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-10-1999 at 11:47
Teejay Riedl a part-timer user from USA writes:
If you have the time, this sucker has the beat. I've owned many, many, many drum machines/rythm modules/sound modules with drum banks, but nothing gets close to this. I hate programming it - it's a monster when you're in a hurry (and in jingle work you're ALWAYS in a hurry! Hey, Roland! You listening?!), so I use a Kat instead, spank the tracks through some humanize algorithms in yon sequencer, and spit 'em back into the R8. Works better, faster, and no gray hairs.

Yes, I need more sound cards too, so if you're selling them, let me know.

Why 4/5 instead of 5/5? 'Cause I DO so DESPISE programming it!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-10-1998 at 18:29
Jay Easterby a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Brilliant and infuriating at the same time. The 909/808 sounds are pretty close to the real thing and actually more editable. The 909 hi-hats sound aren't spot on but they're still ok and very usable. The 909 kick is also rather odd - it's useful but a bit clicky - a sampler would be better for some variations on this sound (like of the more 'pumping' variety - think Wildchild/Todd Terry) but what you can get is ok.

The human feel paramters are very useful esp. for making wierd shit. The acoustic drum sounds are ok but you need to edit savagely to get the best out of this machine. Its main selling points are the complement of 909/808/78 sounds in one box and the sep. outs on the back (8 + stereo). It's bad point is the timing - its 'wooly' and noticeably blurs patterns with more than a few elements despite its claim of being 12 poly. But if you can work around this (you can, sort of) you will be rewarded.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-10-1998 at 05:09
elessi a professional user from Italia writes:
This is the best drum machine ever made . I have owned almost every roland, emu, kawai,,zoom amd yamaha drum machines and this is the absolute best I owned a R8 MkI both the rack and box-they were ok Make sure it's a mk II or you will be lacking a couple of hundred sounds!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:09
Jack herer a professional user from Nederlands writes:
This is a great machine the controls are so intuitive it really allwos you to go off in your live show, this machine definitly carries the Roland dance tradition on...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:09
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