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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M.C. Meyer
October 2, 2011 @ 10:19 pm
Thankfully, I was lucky enough to find mine about a year and a half ago in Longmont Colorado at a pawn shop for only $375. I tested it out and put it on lay away that day. After a few months I was finally able to bring "Ferris Bueller" home. After playing many different synths I love this one the most. I am not an analog snob but honestly the difference is between that and digital in some cases are so slightly different why make a big deal about it. A friend has a Jupiter 6 and honestly I prefer the JP8000 far more. Better sounds, more flexibility, and an all around better synth.
August 31, 2011 @ 7:54 am
Great synth, just wish the knobs weren't so flimsy! The keyboard is not the best either, you have to remember this was £2000 plus synth when new. Saying that though extremely flexible, nice combination of knobs and sliders. This thing can do great bass, can sound very harsh when you want it too, very digital, not at all analog sounding in my opinion (compared to moog and DSI gear). But hey I'm not an analog snob so not bothered by this, however I do prefer my ANX1!
August 11, 2011 @ 1:36 pm
I worked in a music shop (English for 'Store'!) when both the JP and the AN1x were first out. Spent all day playing them side by side and the JP won hands down, hence I bought one, and still use it today.
July 17, 2011 @ 3:08 pm
a delight. accessible, capable.
July 13, 2011 @ 3:36 pm
I just got one after months of waiting. Compared to the microkorg/MS2000 & Ion which I both owned I think it holds up in comparison. Some sounds recall the JD-800 but much more upfront, meaner. It can do strings, ambience and saw sounds no other VA can copy. It is the most 'polished and professional' sounding VA. Forget about the presets. Make your own Dual and Split mode patches to unlock the sickness of this synth. Ion offers a deeper synthesis engine with more mod routings and LFO options per patch - but the JP is easier to program than the Ion so its a win-win for synth novices and pros.
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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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