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
April 15, 2011 @ 5:18 am
It really is an ideal synthesizer, while the filter may not be as subtle as a Moog,
your sounds work well as a featured instrument or background element. It is super easy to program, but quite versatile. All the right controls for expressive performance. A solid instrument. I love it.
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April 1, 2011 @ 7:38 pm
First 'proper' synth I ever got. Great, great bit of gear. Not the most flexible or deep synth ever, but has a ton of character, and you can get some pretty wild and nasty sounds when you start messing with the hard-sync and cross mod parameters. Filter sometimes produces a noticeable 'click' when fully closed, but sounds phat and gritty. Can also produce some beautiful string sounds. Onboard effects are rubbish, but for me this is a minor quibble. Overall, a brilliant synth, especially if you're just dipping your toes into synthesis for the first time.
March 25, 2011 @ 8:40 pm
got one 6 weeks ago and really like it. my approach to music is depending a lot on knobs, sliders and finding out what happens when you move them by 2 millimeters - the jp8000 supports that perfectly. it is a wonderful instrument for hands on programming.
sound does not have the insane thickness of e.g. a jupiter 4, but its a beautiful machine in its own right, overflowing with inspirning reactions once you move a few of its many moveable parts. bargain.
March 24, 2011 @ 6:27 am
NOT just a trance synth!

SUPERSAW wave is the main thing it offers that other's don't. Great Duran style synth stabs (circa 1983) can be made with it, as can smooth analog style PSB string sections and pads. Chorus effects cannot come close to the thick sound of supersaw, and I just LOVE it!

Why people dis the filters is a mystery to me - they sound great to my ears with far more dusty character than say, the ultra clean AN1X. Raw waves are solid, PWM is alias free, delay is SUPERB and the on hand EQ should be mandatory on all synths!

I want another one!
February 22, 2011 @ 1:43 am
I actully prefer the jp8000's sound slightly more than the an1x, though i do still love the an1x as much!The jp has the most excellent supersaw on any VA in my opinion(beats supersaws on sh201 and v synth,sorry but true!), though i do admit the an1x is amazing for trance/hard dance, esp with it's unique PWM and sync sounds!Truth be told is i want to own both of these, have a virus b, sh201(used more as a controller, but still a cool machine!) and ms2000 already and while they are fantastic the jp and an1x are just both so damn great!am looking to add both of these beasts to my set up! (:
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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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