JoMoX XBase 999 vs 888

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JoMoX XBase 999 vs 888

Postby Suburban Jerk » Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:19 pm

Does anyone here have a JoMoX Xbase 999 'producer edition'? How are the pots? Are they sturdy? If you place a force on them from the side do they move? Or, are they fairly immobile?

I have an Mbase 01. From what I can tell the standard edition of the Xbase 999 uses the same pots as the Mbase 01. They're adequate, but I'd prefer more durability.

If anyone has a JoMoX XBase-09, has it held up through the years?

Thanks.
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Re: JoMoX XBase 999 'producer edition'

Postby silikon » Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:29 pm

Suburban Jerk wrote:Does anyone here have a JoMoX Xbase 999 'producer edition'? How are the pots? Are they sturdy? If you place a force on them from the side do they move? Or, are they fairly immobile?

I have an Mbase 01. From what I can tell the standard edition of the Xbase 999 uses the same pots as the Mbase 01. They're adequate, but I'd prefer more durability.

If anyone has a JoMoX XBase-09, has it held up through the years?

Thanks.


I've got the 999 -- actually, serial number 001. The first. While not the 'producer edition' (I wasn't even aware there was such a model) it's withstood many hours of work, and the pots have no wobble to them at all.

I also had an XBase-09 w few years back, and i *did* have quite a bit of looseness in a couple of the pots. Still worked, no problems there, but they were noticeably loose from side-to-side. It held its own -- but since I bought the XBase-09 used, it came "pre-mangled" -- that is, some of the knobs were a bit dodgy -- so I can't attest to what the previous owner did to it.

I also have a few other items from Jomox, that have all withstood lots of work. Now I'm not the type to hammer on my knobs and get forceful, but the 999, for sure has given me no problems. The T-Resonator also has no issues that you speak of.
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Re: JoMoX XBase 999 vs 888

Postby Suburban Jerk » Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:24 pm

Cool.

From looking at the specs and the machines' interfaces, it appears the xbase 888 and 999 are the same except for the "X-filter." To quote Jomox: "because it has no X-Filter, the XBASE 888 is more affordable than the 999."

I'm guessing its marketing, but the meme on the net keeps saying the 888 sounds 808ish. That would mean the 999 sounds 808ish if its specs are the same. Can anyone confirm these insights? Are these units essentially the same 'sounding'?
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Re: JoMoX XBase 999 vs 888

Postby kuroichi » Wed Nov 23, 2011 9:50 pm

neither sound 808 ish, although they can approximate the 808 style sounds.

A while back when I had a 999, juergen gave away a firmware for the 999 that made it produce the 888s sound with some slight differences.

The 888 has parameters for metalized percussion sounds similar to some 808 or older drum machine styled sounds, but essentially they (the 888 and 999) sound the same, although over time the bassdrum has been refined and so each newer version, 09, 999, 888, m base etc sounds slightly different.

In my opinion there isnt much point in the 999 now that the 888 is available, although the x filter could do some wild stuff, it wasnt implemented very well.
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Re: JoMoX XBase 999 vs 888

Postby Suburban Jerk » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:22 pm

Thanks for taking the time to post/respond. I appreciate it.

That's what I suspected after reading numerous user reviews. They do sound different, but only slightly. I have heard the 'metallic sound' pointed out several times now. Considering I'm looking for an analog drum machine that sounds nice (Jomox, check), has a minimal and intuitive user interface (check), and has a sequencer (again, check), I'm not particularly concerned about added (price padding) features like the x-filter. Though, I'm sure it has a place with some. Personally, I'm having a hard time justifying that extra cost.
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Re: JoMoX XBase 999 vs 888

Postby Stab Frenzy » Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:40 am

Have you considered the MFB-522? Way cheaper and sounds pretty cool to my ears. Fun to play with even though it's tiny.
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Re: JoMoX XBase 999 vs 888

Postby Suburban Jerk » Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:16 am

Stab Frenzy wrote:it's tiny.


Thats the problem, tiny knobs and large hands don't mix. I like the idea of large knobs. Thus I'm digging the idea of these special edition 888s and 999s.
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Re: JoMoX XBase 999 vs 888

Postby hyphen nation » Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:57 am

Suburban Jerk wrote:
Stab Frenzy wrote:it's tiny.


Thats the problem, tiny knobs and large hands don't mix. I like the idea of large knobs. Thus I'm digging the idea of these special edition 888s and 999s.


I am digging the idea of the MFB pricepoint... :)
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Re: JoMoX XBase 999 vs 888

Postby Stab Frenzy » Mon Nov 28, 2011 5:18 am

Suburban Jerk wrote:
Stab Frenzy wrote:it's tiny.


Thats the problem, tiny knobs and large hands don't mix. I like the idea of large knobs. Thus I'm digging the idea of these special edition 888s and 999s.

I'd be willing to bet my hands are bigger than yours (can't play a microkorg cause my fingers are fatter than the keys) but I don't have a problem with my 522. Just saying don't dismiss it because it's small.
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Re: JoMoX XBase 999 vs 888

Postby ninja6485 » Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:13 am

Stab Frenzy wrote:Just saying don't dismiss it because it's small.
stab gets a lot of mileage out of that phrase, if you catch my drift... ;)
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...
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Re: JoMoX XBase 999 vs 888

Postby Stab Frenzy » Mon Nov 28, 2011 3:13 pm

ninja6485 wrote:
Stab Frenzy wrote:Just saying don't dismiss it because it's small.

stab gets a lot of mileage out of that phrase, if you catch my drift... ;)

[insert comment about your mum here]

I would, but I want to keep at least a perception of class about this place. :la:
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