Visconti states in this interview with Roland: "I first bought a Jupiter-8 in the ‘70s: I still have it and it still works fantastically well. My oldest son, Morgan, started playing on that thing when he was about ten. It’s been in the family for years and it still gets used on recordings. Since then, I’ve had most of the Roland keyboards and modules like the XP-80, Fantom, JV-1080, XV-5080 and even the M-GS64. Back in the ’80s, I was programming with the MC-4 for The Moody Blues and others."more
I just added this synth to my rack, it wasn't that much money and I needed something for my SR-JV80 Cards as I was getting tired of swapping them out of the JD990. Wow I really didn't expect much from the synth engine on this unit but I'm very impressed. I've been using it for a lot of disco house basslines because it is so snappy and sits just right when I'm mixing with all the my other tracks. This is proving to be a real swiss army synth and probably the best price:performance ratio purchases I've ever made.
I was a bit disappointed with this one. I got this synth after I read that Janne Wirman from Children of Bodom used one of these live. The display is small for a 2-unit rack and it is really not that easy to navigate through the functions. Also, the manual is near to incomprehensible. Interestingly enough, both my JV-1080 and my JD-990 have the vintage synth expansion card on board, but when I compare the same patches, the JD sounds so much better, even though it's an older synth! In all honesty, this rack does have some great sounds for electronic music and some drums loops are killer.