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Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 12 reviews )
 7 reviews58 %
 5 reviews42 %
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland JP-8080
Ok I'm going to have to say that it could use more filter types, especially a OVERDRIVE/SATURATION option, and more polyphony. Multitimral is that big of a deal (its old) but the polyphony gets annoying with pads. Another thing; MORE EFFECTS! The effects on this thing are pretty lame, basically chorus and phaser and delay (variations on them) with a crappy distortion. Only 2 effects per voice! LAME. Another gripe; the notorious MIDI debacle (there is 2 inputs and no thru)! The MIDI setup coherency (or lack therof) is annoying. Roland could do better. Other than that it has all you expect on a VA synth plus the x-mod which is really cool.

550$

UTILIZATION

MIDI as I said, is mildly confusing, but other than that its ease of use is average.

Got it used, and it has worked just fine. Seems tough and well built.

SOUNDS

The jp-8080 has a great gritty VA sound, along with the infamous supersaw, plus some very original new waveforms; making it a very virsatile synth. It can also be a warm pretty synth if you program it right, which shouldn't be a challange to anyone who has worked with synths. Let me say something about the supersaw real quick; yes, it sounds great, but there is TONS more to this beast that people seem to have neglected (shhh don't tell anybody!). Explore this famous VA!

OVERALL OPINION

I like this synth a lot, but I don't quite "love" it, maybe not yet

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: I_watch_stars ( 9-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland JP-8080
The features are based around old analogue,but,there is a certain kind of eccentric fun about the fact that access virus and novation have more but,not nearly as closly honed to production and simplicity as the 8080. the midi is much of a let down on a system made by the guys who realy invented poly midi ,as the d-10 was for the synth generation of the 80's, it wasnt anywhere near the best at anything but just like the 8080 its the fun and sounds that kept its place in history

Price paid

£850

UTILIZATION

Incredible easy sythns are about mistakes and happy accidents when building patches,dont get me wrong this has great building presets,but who uses just presets?we all like to tweak to make the sound ares and,this is where the 8080 kiks ass u tweak then tweakthen set the motion control off and BAM tyhe sound is exactly like u hear in ur head!! Try doing a sound when ur drunk then listen to it when ur strait and u will get what im saying!!.the manuel is from roland(japanease into english direct tranlation)which means its useless unless u wanna know how to turn the unit on or off(otherwise get a good japanease language teacher!!)

this thing is made from solid steel ,the buttons might have well been made from heat ablative tiling the space shuttle uses ....U CANT BRAKE IT... but seriosly the build quality is fantastic!! c/s n/a

SOUNDS

The sound quality from the outs is(with balanced wires)eccelent ,i own a supernova2 and a trinity,and it beats them! noiseless with a crocuss of sound in synths pads thats genarally not there in other units plus i got a staight 80 hrz sine that nearly lost me my bowels ,clean and crisp highs aswell(ps its best 4 ambeint and dance)The effects are crap.sorry but they are when u compare them with nearly any other synths that are on the market but the distortion ripps like a bullet throu noisy mixes with a surprising quality!(roland usually do crap dist)

OVERALL OPINION

I own a supanovaII a trinity a mc-303 a d-10 a dx-7 a tb-303 tr909 but for some reason whatever my mood i can still spend 4/6 hours tweaking with the roloand jp8080 and NEVER GET BORED it is and always will be my friend and allie,it does exactly what it says it does and does it to perfection nearly everytime.think of it this way u could have a F-1 ferrari and love it for 1 hour...or get a mini cooper,its never gonna be as good as the f-1 but it wont brake down u cant snap it around audio bends and then crash it ....but its still there doing what it does and for no apparent reason u just love it it allways comes through... for me its the greatest runt of all time i LOVE it ,,....(mostly :-)

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown (January 2-, 2003)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland JP-8080
Seriously missing: more MIDI features: the machine is only 2 parts multitimbral - only 2 MIDI parts, and should have the capacity of 16 MIDI-parts (or at least 8). I really don't know why Roland made this machine with a lack MIDI parts... That makes the JP-80x0 alot weaker. Missing: more and/or better FX on board.

Price paid

$1.250

UTILIZATION

User interface: very good; lots of realtime tweakable knobs and sliders (40+) Manual: very good Missing: important lack of more MIDI parts (see above)

SOUNDS

Sound quality overall: good upto very good for any kind of analog-type sounds - especially focused on all kind of dance music. Some people are talking about some 'tick' or 'click' when using the filter, but I had no problems with that yet. Excellent for strings/pads/sweeps. I really love the great warm sweeps. FX: too less sound FX onboard, with less good quality

OVERALL OPINION

The JP-8080 is a very robust 6U rack, never had any problems with knobs nor sliders. No crackling. Clean inputs/outputs. Customer support: N/A

After buying, I was thinking I made a wrong choice (but I wanted a JP-80x0 'cause at that time everybody was using a JP-80x0...) But the longer I have my JP, the more I love it. Also used by William Orbit, Faithless, Paul Van Dyk, Ferry Corsten, BT, Goldie, and many many more...

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: THM ( 4-, 2002)
manachild09/11/2014

manachild's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JP-8080
Everything has been said.

UTILIZATION

Simple. C is Roland.

SOUNDS

Rack jp 8000, many lead sounds, fxs and bass. To me, sounds of reference in the field of goa trance. With the possibility of modulating waveforms and filters. Need I say more? This bike is essential to a home.

OVERALL OPINION

2 years of use and I find out a little more each day. A rack that I will not sell.
ipm07/12/2013

ipm's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a different machine"

Roland JP-8080
6U rack, not too too deep, internal power supply, lots of buttons and switches, a curiosity two MIDI IN with a fairly specific use.

some voice polyphony and multi-timbral 2. within / EFX use a low-level control many useful and aspen, a vocoder and arpeggiator / RPS

it is especially well built, note that Rotary is all soft and fragile, the sliders a bit hard. keys usually deserve a small revision, but nothing serious

UTILIZATION

He was lying in a corner, and then I took some time >> it was a good surprise. Easy access to parameters, provided it is not as simple as it is described in the notice below. For comparison, a KS rack is much more user friendly.

edition is fast, I use a keypad for Remote control and MIDI Implementation is good, real good point.

roland manual, therefore, after a manual ...

SOUNDS

sounds are those expected, two oscilloscope, routing not flexible at all, but the JP is doing well, good presence and especially filters roland that I love.

there is glitch, but it also makes the sound of the machine, the strings are superb, reminiscent immediately to a techno remix barber william orbit at the end of 90. it is quite versatile, I managed to get good bass, punchy and well represented. but I admit that it sounds different from what I have, it has its own use. Some also sounds strangely remind me of Korg Wavestation, certain sounds E-MU.

this is not really a synth happening everywhere, not analog and it is not a ROMpler. it is a JP8080, easily recognizable bitter small familiarity with the machine

OVERALL OPINION

a beautiful machine with a fairly specific sound, flaws that make its quality and especially the famous supersaw for the icing on the cake. Its range of use is quite versatile, but fans of electronic music should be able to easily get good sounds.

I find it far enough to be analog francs (Me, I am getting a little tired of all these demos with these sounds are alike), machinery 90s will come back and in the lot, there will be a JP8080!

This is an ultra machinery used in production Eurodance / trance. it is quite powerful, it is true in the genre. Honestly, this is not my best synth, it lacks a bit of flexibility and overall tilt third ... but it does not stop to make her scream loud.

today buy JP8080 is debatable, however it is a great way to get something different. to consider a purchase but beware favorite ...
mmarkus05/13/2011

mmarkus's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent Virtual Expander Analog"

Roland JP-8080
10voix polyphony, no keyboard.
2 x MIDI IN
as well as audio input for the vocoder
Integrated basic effects like chorus and delay sometimes useful
Arpeggiator and a nice memory for motion control

UTILIZATION

very simple for editing sound as an analogue of yesteryear, the face buttons is great broad, user-friendly interface.
Unfortunately, however, some features remain hidden and requires a combination of keys with shift.

SOUNDS

I have it and I keep it in the genus "almost" analog is perfect and has its own grain and full of beautiful typed sheets.
no sounds realistic fortunately, it is only analogous to the creation and evocation. Sounds powerful and scalable. perfect for all styles electronica, experimental, ambient, space or pop.

OVERALL OPINION

even if he has aged a bit, there is what Roland does best - Synthesizers
remember the HS Juno Jupiter and other ... System 100 and 700! a great CV anyway.
this one is virtual analog, among the first that were manufactured in the late 90 '
flintstone04/25/2011

flintstone's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" not bad at all"

Roland JP-8080
see other reviews
details
there are 2 1 delay effects like chorus and a 1 called "multi-fx"
and 2 midi in (always helpful)
may be used in rack or laptop by removing the brackets

UTILIZATION

edition too easy for dashboard so
You just have to head the architecture of its
because one can superimpose two shares or use them in split

SOUNDS

One of the first VA, we can draw good things
the effects are basic but can accommodate

OVERALL OPINION

pleasant to the ears and the fingers, I've had for many years and I'll keep it because it has its specific grain top and easy to use
ostrovitch04/22/2011

ostrovitch's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" VA is a very correct"

Roland JP-8080
It is a Virtual Analog, a leading.
Polyphony 10, no effects

UTILIZATION

There are all the buttons like on the ancients.
We will not get lost in the sub-menus here.

SOUNDS

very correct, less powerful than a virus, but very endearing

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 5 years, 400 euros it's worth it.
The best thing is to have all the buttons on hand, it is much easier to find sounds.
konD06/08/2009

konD's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JP-8080
C modlisation a synth with 2 layers (2 layers by ocsillo).
It possde a Mic line, just to filter a sound or voice. The vocoder is quite mtalique and little changed (not a multiband c!).
Polyphony is limited but sufficient.

UTILIZATION

Super easy to ACCS with all its knobs in faade.
The manual is complete and ncessaire.

SOUNDS

We are not in the analog, but it will be very close, big ds prsence the mix.
I love the delay, the distortion is good trs my taste.
He paid gnral mdium, not so good for bass but lots of leads monstrous. The pad is also real.
Electronic music sounds kind of course ...

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 2 years now and c as happy.
lioio09/15/2008

lioio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JP-8080
With a 4MB SmartMedia, it is possible to store about 2500 "Performance" (2500 = 2500 patches patches left + right)
As against these cards are very rare ...
Audio in to filter on all the commanders ...
A button for FX (distortion, phaser, chorue ...) + 3 buttons for reverb
Examples: http://303sans303.free.fr

UTILIZATION

No complaints

SOUNDS

I love, a way out of the sounds close to vangelis, klaus schulse, kraftwerk, jmj, Edgar Froese and re-clone TB! Different noises, not to mention strings and other strings ...

OVERALL OPINION

Sometimes one can attack and that aliasing clack ...