what does everyone think of jomox 999/888?

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what does everyone think of jomox 999/888?

Post by merretich » Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:02 am

what does everyone think of the jomox drum machines? what do they compare to the tr8 in terms of cymbals and hats as well as drums? ive already got an Xbase09.. and i love its bass but would like to have a few more tracks/voices.
do you think they are worth the price? or does roland offer a better price/value ratio?

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Post by Barfunkel » Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:24 am

Used to own a 999. Didn't like it much. Not the sound or the interface.

A TR-8, which costs a third of the 999 is a much, much better choice if you want classic techno and house drum sounds.

Alternatively, a Tanzbär, which is also much cheaper than a Jomox, but to my ears sounds a lot better. They have build quality issues though, not sure if they've sorted them out yet.

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Post by bg1979 » Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:33 am

i wasn't crazy about the interface either, sold mine and bought an Acidlab Miami and like it much better

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Post by dan_p » Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:58 pm

For me the sound was great but I found the interface uninspiring.
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Post by merretich » Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:42 pm

alright thanks for the answers.. do you think the interface differs a lot to the one of the Xbase09 from jomox?

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Post by zoogoo » Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:33 am

I like it better the the tr-808, i think the sounds are much thicker. Im not sure how much money you would save by getting one. Not sure if they are mod able. The Hardware version of the jomox drum machine is better in my opinion, but its just bigger. My friend would use it to set the clock on cv clock

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Post by RustyO » Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:21 am

Sound yes, interface not so much... sequence the JoMox from either a MachineDrum or Octatrack and you're laughing.
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Post by BTByrd » Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:57 am

Love the sound, don't love the interface. I don't hate the interface either, but it's not as intuitive or powerful as something from Elektron. Soundwise, I'd rather have an 888 or 999 than an 808, 909, Machinedrum, or Miami but I'm not looking to duplicate classic sounds. (The MD is great for glitchy IDM type sounds but can't hold a candle to the Jomox in terms of chunky analog-style electronic drums). Any samples you load into the 888 or 999 get an awesome, gritty sizzle added to them (in contrast to the MachineDrum, which just makes samples sound bad). The interface is just fine for editing sounds, but it's not the best overall in terms of sequencing or chaining songs. It's also not as bad as many people make it out to be. Once you get your head around it, you should be good to go. I know a lot of cats that really didn't like using it when they first got it but after using it for a week or two they came around. You can always sequence it from your DAW or another machine if it turns out that it doesn't agree with you.

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Post by skkatter » Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:48 am

I owned a 999 for a while. Never got on with the interface, not very intuitive. Never figured out the filter set-up properly despite reading the manual a few times. It also crashed every so often! I ended up selling it. I prefer the sound of the real Roland TR909 over it.

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Post by skylab001 » Thu May 01, 2014 11:13 am

I had an 888, it is a versatile machine, with many sound options, especially if you consider the sample playback. It can cover plenty of different flavors. I didn't mind the interface, I actually found it to be just fine. I think the 888 is a better machine because it gives you a few extra parameters that the 999 lacks, but if you need the filter of the 999 then go that route. There was a particular sound to jomox units that I just had a hard time with though, they are definitely a programmers machine and can have a harsh sound if not programmed just right. You have so many available parameters that sometimes it can take a while to get a sound if you are looking for something particular, especially with the snare.

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Post by merretich » Thu May 01, 2014 5:34 pm

how does it compare to an Xbase 09? in terms of functionality.. do you think if a like the Xbase i will also like the 888/999?

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Post by RustyO » Thu May 01, 2014 6:07 pm

skylab001 wrote:I think the 888 is a better machine because it gives you a few extra parameters that the 999 lacks, but if you need the filter of the 999 then go that route.
The 999 can also be transformed into an 888 by loading the OS (but the 888 can't become a 999)
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Post by Hemulen » Sat May 10, 2014 3:33 am

I've had the 999 for about a year. Love it. Samples become Magic through it. Kick is awesome. The interface takes a while to learn but now that I have I like it too. I agree about the snare though. It can be tricky to make it sound good. Also the Toms I dont use that much. But overall a wonderful machine. :)

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Post by Vootman » Sun May 11, 2014 3:00 am

I had an 888, and I sold it. I liked the kick, and samples sound great in it, but I didn't like the interface...like a lot of people I've read. It's not very intuitive. But sound wise I dug it. Now I have a airbase 99, sequenced by a akai mpc 2500.

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Post by tilman » Wed May 14, 2014 12:38 pm

Always wanted one of these. Now that I bought the ModBase module I am really happy with the sound. I have a Cirklon and a CVIO so I do not need a sequencer. My plan is to get the Mbrane as well...

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Post by sascha.victoria » Wed May 14, 2014 1:03 pm

OS was buggy when I had it. Not sure if it's better.

Sounds killer.

Found over time that I'm just not really a drum machine guy.
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Post by olesandström » Sun May 25, 2014 1:59 pm

jomox machines all sound great but the interfaces are a pain. never got used to them and sold them after a while despite the great sound.

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Post by merretich » Sun May 25, 2014 5:39 pm

sascha.victoria wrote:OS was buggy when I had it. Not sure if it's better.

Sounds killer.

Found over time that I'm just not really a drum machine guy.
ok im so much of a drum machine guy :)

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Post by xparis001 » Sun May 25, 2014 10:33 pm

I prefer the Xbase09 simply for the immediacy of the knobs. I found the encoders on the 888 to feel robotic, and not at all like an analog pot. it bugged me.

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Post by mome rath » Sun May 25, 2014 11:30 pm

dan_p wrote:For me the sound was great but I found the interface uninspiring.
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Post by BTByrd » Sun May 25, 2014 11:39 pm

While I didn't love the 888's interface, it's not godawful. It's not fantastic. It's not Elektron. But it's fine once you get your way around it. I think the sound more than makes up for it. That said, I'm sort of amazed that the same person that designed the 888/999 also designed the Sunsyn, which has a great interface (in addition to a great sound). I sold my 888 to finance modular and have replaced it with a MD UW+ and a MBase11. But if money were no option, I'd buy a 999 in a heartbeat... or at least pick up the Euro modules and pair them with a bunch of other modular percussion stuff.

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Post by qu.one » Sun May 25, 2014 11:48 pm

Honestly, these should never be considered now that the analog rthm is out. I had an 888 and it was one the most counterintuitive units I've ever had.
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Post by mome rath » Sun May 25, 2014 11:53 pm

BTByrd wrote:While I didn't love the 888's interface, it's not godawful. It's not fantastic. It's not Elektron. But it's fine once you get your way around it. I think the sound more than makes up for it.
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Post by mome rath » Sun May 25, 2014 11:55 pm

qu.one wrote:Honestly, these should never be considered now that the analog rthm is out. I had an 888 and it was one the most counterintuitive units I've ever had.
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Post by GrantB » Mon May 26, 2014 12:24 am

qu.one wrote:Honestly, these should never be considered now that the analog rthm is out. I had an 888 and it was one the most counterintuitive units I've ever had.
The AR sounds great and is no doubt easier to use when it comes to the deeper functions, but I'm not hearing it replace what the 888/999 does sound wise.

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