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
Nick Fieldson
December 23, 2011 @ 12:12 pm
Hi Garry, Your comment on who is still using both synths is spot on. I'm a huge fan of both Gary Numan and Depeche and I've taken note that both stil use the JP-8 and JP-8000 on even their more recent projects. In short a solid instrument will stand the test of time.

Thanks for your insight
December 21, 2011 @ 5:35 am
HI and thanks for your reply nick)
I think if you look at the facts that, Pet Shop Boys, Depeche Mode, & Gary Numan, all use this Roland jp800 synthesizer and have also had or still got a Roland Jupiter 8 says it all)
the Roland jp8000 is the way that you program the sound and the Roland Jupiter 8 was more hands on type synthesizer if you know what I mean) don't get me wrong the Roland Jupiter 8 was a killer of a synth in there day and still is very powerful today
always remember if your programming a VA synth back off ON THE EFFECTS IF THE SOUND BEING PROGRAMMED AS ANALOG
Nick Fieldson
December 20, 2011 @ 7:48 pm
Thanks for sharing your opinion Garry. It's nice to see someone who has owned both the Jupiter 8 and JP-8000 do an honest comparison. The JP has been my primary synth for the past ten years. Love the JP. I've always been caught up with the Jupiter 8 legend, but it's nice to see a realistic caparison based on capabilities and not just who played it on what.
December 20, 2011 @ 3:30 pm
the Jupiter 8 is an amazing synthesizer I bought one new in the 80s
had it for years with my Roland tr909 as time went on I also bought a Roland jp8000
to see what everyone was raving on about with its 7 super saw waves and it was strange at first using it as I couldn't workout the osc,s very well but once I got used to the jp8000 it was just amazing I made sounds just as good and better then my
Jupiter 8) you can make every sound possible on a Roland jp8000 with will replicate exact as the Jupiter 8) in the end I sold my Jupiter 8 and keep my Roland jp8000
and never did look back) GO VA
December 20, 2011 @ 11:22 am
I have just sold mine on ebay.
I have owned this from new and took great care of it so it was almost like new when i sold it,the new owner should be very happy.
I do not agree with negative comments relating to this machine as it is a very,very versitile synthesizer and great sounding to,programming is the key!
Once i am financeally back on my feet i am sure i will be purchasing another one it really is that good.
I am going to try and purchase a true analog one first,my dream synth is the oberheim obxa,one day hopefully.
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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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