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
hark boom
December 20, 2011 @ 8:16 am
big pro: hugely accessible. old-school hands on tweaking, does not bore you to death by forcing you into menues on a 90s-display. i love my D50 to bits, but it can be a downer on musical creativity if you have to go +/-;up/down; .

its got sliders&knobs for all the things you want the be able to modify by touching and moving them - and that thankfully includes slightly "off the beaten track"-parameters like cross modulation, ring modulation, band pass filter, etc.

super-saw..fine. but this is a *proper* synth; its got enough bhp under to bonnet for some very, very trippy stuff..
Todd Zimmerman
December 18, 2011 @ 2:09 am
This probably the best analog modeling synthesizer that's been made.
While it lacks a bit of the voodoo of a actual analog synth, the fact that it
is so stable and so easy to program make up for it. The wave forms, filter
and LFOs all feel natural and not like recordings of waves. The effects are
just enough to add depth without making the sound seem overly processed.
This is much closer to an analog board than the more recent SH models.
The GAIA seems thin and artificial by comparison. If only it had come in a
metal chasis with wood caps, it would be the perfect synthesizer.
Morten James
December 10, 2011 @ 2:21 pm
Grab one whilst you still can,I get the feeling this Synth is finally getting some respect and love since the [beep] ty SH201 and Girly Gaia came on the scene,it seems the JP8K prices are starting climb again.

Mr Fribbles...JP8000 price new in 1997 was £1499 they then reduced it to £1199 a few months later,I know as I had mine from new,dunno where you had the 2 grand price tag from!!!hope you didn't pay that for one!!
October 8, 2011 @ 11:43 am
bought this on ebay earlier this year and like it a lot.

the combination of intuitive programming through a logically layed-out knobs/sliders-interface (a particularly cool looking one in this case) and a powerful, good sounding machine underneath is always going to be a winner. this is a synth that brings back the days when i spent hours fiddling around e.g. with the arpeggiator of a jp4.

great instrument, and affordable.
October 8, 2011 @ 2:12 am
I believe JP8000 is a fabulous synthesizer. I own both digital and analogue synths (from JP4 to Andromeda) and I love the pure analogue sound. To my ears, if well programmed, JP 8000 can sound as good as any other famous vintage synth. Ignore the great majority of the factory presets; same, 90% of youtube supersaw trancey demos...JP8000 can do a lot more than that! check the following (youtube) link for a great demo showing the true capabilities of JP8000. Enjoy!
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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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