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
January 2, 2011 @ 9:32 pm
If you judge the JP-8000 based on its presets, you will most likely be disappointed...and fast! I just picked one up and spent and after going through all the presets, wasn't too impressed. Then, after a mere hour of messing around with programming this baby, I'm not too sure that I'll ever get rid of it. Figuring out how to program it is indeed VERY EASY! The real beauty of this beast lies hidden from the lazy or the uninspired. My only gripe is that I wish the sound banks were a bit larger...preset and/or user.
January 2, 2011 @ 3:15 am
Just recently bought this synth not too long ago, and immediately clicked with it. I was able to make some very great patches right off the bat, and i really felt that i clicked with it. Great synth, easy to program, very reasonable price (got mine for $560 practically brand new - missing one slider control) I called roland up and ordered a replacement slider in less than 5 minutes. Support is still great with a synth of the JP8000's age and if your looking to purchase one of these, do yourself a favor and do it.
December 30, 2010 @ 11:29 am
I have had a JP-8000 for many years. Recently I made a stunning discovery: Zebra 2.5 "does" JP-8000 extremely well. If you are interested in the 8000 or the 8080, do yourself a favor and get Zebra 2.5 first to see if it might meet your needs. You WILL be surprised...

Both the JP8K and the Zebra have a sort of analog feel but sound a bit "plasticky" compared to real analog synths. Zebra is totally great though, and Z2.5 has brought me the closest I've ever been to having a Juno 106 :^)

I love my JP8K but it now pretty much serves as a controller
December 16, 2010 @ 11:26 am
sound here is more Fat than other VA synths (much than nord leads) sound is little dirty but very strong especially when you put the bass of chorus to max, i recomend this synth especially for goa trance hard trance and psytrance producers.
November 13, 2010 @ 3:20 am
Ps: I really like the supersaw for strings and things, I think the feedback Osc is underated, and the ability to change the shape of the Saw Osc is nice. Pulsewidth sounds good with a little pitch modulation from a sawtooth. Honestly I've owned vintage Roland synths, and all synths have things they can't do. Overall, sound is very refined, and classy, but not as warm and aggressive as vintage Roland synths. For what I'm after, thats a good thing, but I can see the attraction of the older synths for some more distorted and insane sounds.

The JP8000 is one of the most capable synths they've ever made, unlike other mid 90's junk such as the MC-303 and dated and limited things like the JV-1080 and its successors (yes I had one of thse too, and found it of limited usefullness)
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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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