Roland JP-8000

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The JP-8000 Music Synthesizer has been designed using a first-of-its-kind Roland Analog Modeling sound source, combining the fat, powerful sounds associated with vintage analog synths with the flexibility of digital technology and MIDI. Like the classic Roland analog synths of the past, the JP-8000 sports a collection of 38 front-panel knobs and sliders for powerful real-time control, opening a brand new world of sonic possibilities. Innovative "Motion Control" feature memorizes all sequential slider and knob movements, ensuring that a great real-time "tweak" will not be lost. "Analog" synth functions like oscillator sync, ring modulation, -12/-24 dB filtering, cross modulation, an assignable ribbon controller and powerful pitch bend/modulation lever make the JP-8000 a very powerful synthesizer for live and studio use!

The JP-8000 is excellent for use in any music where classic synth sounds are needed. For techno, dance, drum&bass, hiphop, film scoring, synth pop and more! It is used by the Crystal Method, BT, Orbital, Ken Ishii, Vince Clarke, Goldie, Dave Holmes, Prodigy, Groove Armada, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, ATB, Überzone, Faithless, Gary Numan, Ferry Corsten, Scooter, Konflict, William Ørbit, Paul Van Dyk and Garbage.

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177 Visitor comments
November 13, 2010 @ 3:17 am
Modern classic, and totally underrated! I think it can sound awesome with hard work, although to get the exact sound I want, I find it can take a long time to perfect it. But I think I'm picky sound wise, and have the same problems with vintage VCO based Rolands, Moogs ect.

It does'nt sound exactly analog, but it is very very close. Probably closer to the MKS-80 "Super Jupiter" in sound than a Jupiter 8. I think this keyboard is great for soundtrack work, which is what I'm using it for.

I've been able to emulate a ton of classic roland sounds very well, from what I think is a good VP330 strings to Juno type sounds, sounds not far away from a old VCO synth like a System 100. I think the filters are really good, again, not 100% like analog, but they sound brilliant. I think this synth is a classic, ok yes its a softsynth in a case, but a very good one with probably the best user interface Roland has ever made, and one of the finest of all time.
November 6, 2010 @ 10:09 am
Muse have also used the JP800 live on Uprising on Jonathan Ross show 28.11.09 check out on youtube
I have just bought a mint JP while they are still ( reasonably affordable ) great bit of kit :-)
September 23, 2010 @ 11:43 pm
Tyler, it might be the programming part. You could learn how easy synth programming can be on the JP8000. There's like zero learning curve. I know a little about programming a synth and have easily recreated nearly perfect sounds immitating Junos, Jupiters, Prophet 5 and moogs VERY quickly on the 8000. Which is handy to me. 8000 is your basic analog sounding synth that is easy to program. The others you have may have better sounds when you are preset surfing, but are probably a little harder to program. Just start tweaking the JP8000 presets and soon you will be having a lot of fun with it. Almost hate to admit this, but my JP8000 almost immediately displaced my A6 as my favorite synth for sound and ease of use. Yes, the A6 does a ton more things, but you gotta learn a ton more and dive through a ton more to get there. The JP8000, you tweak and GO!
September 15, 2010 @ 2:02 pm
I feel like I'm missing the boat here....I've got a microKORG, VIRUS C and Motif Rack as well as the jp 8000, and the only one collecting dust in my closet is the JP. Granted, I know jack about programming synths (maybe a LITTLE more than jack), but I always end up reaching for one of the others first. The presets on the Roland are weak, and I'm always able to get either a preset or sound that I want quicker on one of the other machines.....arrrrgghhhh! What am I missing that others praise about this unit?
September 4, 2010 @ 8:13 pm
roland jp8000 rules!! cool synth perfect for classic goa sounds or for modern psy trance, recomended
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 Roland Analog Modeling DSP oscillators: Saw, Square (PWM), Triangle (PWM), Super Saw (7 de-tuned Saws), Triangle Mod, Feedback OSC, noise
  • Filter - Resonant 12/24dB/oct low pass / band pass / hi pass; ring modulator
  • Effects - Onboard digital delay and chorus
  • Memory - 128 preset patches, 128 user patches, 64 performances, 64 user performances
  • Arpeg/Seq - Powerful vintage-style arpeggiator with beat patterns; Programmable real-time Phrase Sequencing (RPS) functions
  • Keyboard - 49 keys (with velocity)
  • Control - MIDI (2 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1996
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