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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BA
June 17, 2011 @ 11:21 am
One of the best sounding synthesizers of al times(+JP8080),this synth does it al when you are a advanced programmer:al the classic synth sounds and also the sounds of today and even of tomorrow are in this machine!
Highly recommended,very tweakable and wanted,very versetile instrument,it really deserves the "JP" name!
gridsleep
June 10, 2011 @ 12:32 am
Of course, the Doctor would use his screwdriver to give it polyphonic aftertouch. And 24 voices. Then, it will be perfect.
gridsleep
June 4, 2011 @ 11:15 pm
I just realized why I find the JP-8000 so attractive. It's the same color and shape as the TARDIS. No doubt about it, this is the synthesizer the Doctor would noodle around with when he needs to express his inner child, communicate with melodic aliens, or while away the time while trying to break of a hysteresis loop. OK, all arguments are down. I have to have a JP-8000, even if I already have a V-Synth GT. I don't care if the JP-8080 is marginally better. This is a synthesizer worthy of a Time Lord.
wich
May 13, 2011 @ 3:50 pm
A fun board to be sure. Things can get wild when you play in "Perf" mode, whereby 2 patches can be easily layered AND tweaked. Lots of MIDI sync options, which are available at the "patch" level, so when layered.....lookout!

Yes, polyphony is tight, but it's a great addition to any synth arsenal nonetheless. I used it for pads on a classical album "Dreams from Pianoland".
gridsleep
May 7, 2011 @ 11:12 am
But if you have other VAs on top of a buch of analogs, does the JP-8000 have a unique enough voice to warrant adding it to the stable? They seem to be selling for way below the recommended value nowadays, if they are selling at all, which looks not to be the case. If it had at least twice the polyphony (48 would be dreamy) I probably wouldn't argue with myself so much, but it seems lacking. Does it have the voice to make up for it? For not being an actual analog, I can't figure why it has to have the analog-seeming limited polyphony.
 
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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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