Roland JX-3P & PG-200 vs. Akai AX73

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Roland JX-3P & PG-200 vs. Akai AX73

Postby Mattew96 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:03 am

Though I'm probably not going to buy either listing, surfing Kijiji I came across these two, $700 and $445 respectively. For the record, I think the Roland seller is nuts, but that's just me. It did get me wondering, though...
I've never used either, but I think the Roland probably takes the advantage due to its ease in programmability. I know very little about both of these so I'm hoping this topic will fill me in a little more than vse already has!
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Re: Roland JX-3P & PG-200 vs. Akai AX73

Postby OntarioHydro » Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:50 pm

JX-3P, easy. $700 is too much though If you could find one for less go for it
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Re: Roland JX-3P & PG-200 vs. Akai AX73

Postby Mattew96 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:43 pm

Would that simply be due to the extra ocillator/voice (and the fact they're DCOs)? Apparently the guy is also selling the JX-3P with a flight case, and everything is "mint".
I don't have $450 but I'm thinking I would start there if I did go for this. Thinking for down the road.
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Re: Roland JX-3P & PG-200 vs. Akai AX73

Postby OntarioHydro » Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:05 pm

Yeah the extra oscillator allows you to do sync sounds cross mod etc.. With a little luck you could find a jx-3p with controller for $450 but I would expect to pay a bit more than that. There's also the KIWI 3P mod which is expensive and a bit difficult to navigate but has some really cool features.

The AX-73 can do some nice sounds but the thing is too big for what it is imo..VX-90s are nice though..

you might want to also look out for the akai ax-60 or kawai sx-240 or sx-210
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Re: Roland JX-3P & PG-200 vs. Akai AX73

Postby Pro5 » Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:17 am

JX-3P even without PG. Kills the Akai.

BTW in the UK 3Ps on their own in good condition can go around £200-£250 - sometimes cheap as £150 if needing work or scruffy. The PG-200s go from around £200 - £250 (as much and often more than the synth) so overall £400-£500 - in dollars that's over $700 so the seller is about right. The AX73 is dirt cheap for a reason. Not that good.
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Re: Roland JX-3P & PG-200 vs. Akai AX73

Postby Mattew96 » Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:55 am

Darn. Thanks for your thoughts, guys. In light of recent events I'll probably be looking for some rack mount synths as opposed to keyboards. Generally cheaper, and I have finally fulfilled my controller needs... for now (got a QS8 yesterday) and am starting up a new rack (thanks OntarioHydro!). I probably won't be able to buy anything else by the time both of these listings are gone anyways, but always good to know.
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Re: Roland JX-3P & PG-200 vs. Akai AX73

Postby georgemarauder » Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:26 am

Ha...I see the AX-73 getting criminally underrated. S'all good. I will keep quiet. Why let the cat out of the bag? The AX-73 sucks, yep, it sucks! Don't ever buy one, don't ever tell your friends to buy one, and if you ever find one, sell it for $150. I'll buy it just to take it off your hands...
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Re: Roland JX-3P & PG-200 vs. Akai AX73

Postby Mattew96 » Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:10 am

Lol, I like this guy... ^
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Re: Roland JX-3P & PG-200 vs. Akai AX73

Postby georgemarauder » Thu Jul 12, 2012 10:47 pm

Not much to say really. It's a great synth. It's low to mid range sounds amazing. People talk about the AX-80 all the time but in comparison, the AX-80 sounds dull and dead while the AX-73 sounds vibrant and alive. And I'm not one of those guys who thinks all analog synths sound magically amazing. To me, a string patch is the same if it's done on an analog polysynth or if it's done on a virtual analog. But in terms of just sitting at a synth and wanting to play and program it, the sound of the AX-73 was very inspiring. To me it's a hidden gem that people for some reason just tend to overlook.
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Re: Roland JX-3P & PG-200 vs. Akai AX73

Postby synthparts » Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:28 pm

Look for an AX60. It adds an interface (knobs/sliders) to the AX73 and doesn't go for much more...
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Re: Roland JX-3P & PG-200 vs. Akai AX73

Postby georgemarauder » Fri Jul 13, 2012 1:38 am

From what I understand though, the AX-60 does not have the same sound as the AX-73. I think the AX-73 is probably more refined. The interface of the AX-73 is incredibly intuitive as well. After programming it extensively I can honestly say I did not miss a more hands-on interface at all.
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Re: Roland JX-3P & PG-200 vs. Akai AX73

Postby synthparts » Fri Jul 13, 2012 2:21 am

The voice circuits on both are CEM3394 "synth on a chip". The AX-73 adds velocity but loses the arpeggiator and I'm not sure the extra octave of keys is worth the extra size/weight...
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