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 2, 2012 @ 8:01 am
I wish mine wasn't so poorly! I've got hooked up to my Mopho, which is controlling the filter cutoff, resonance, amp level and treble and now I'm getting a message that the memory is damaged. The controls were damaged by the previous owner and it makes me very sad indeed because I fear that it will be very expensive to correct.
However it'll still blow the pointing out of your brickwork, not used it for a while but think I'll crank it back up and annoy the people in the next street.
Arik S.
March 29, 2012 @ 1:28 am
All these discussions about "thin" and "digital" versus "fat" and "analog" are coming from people who haven't really tried programming sounds themselves. Probably half of these "analog preachers" were just browsing through presets or haven't even touched the JP-8000, making their opinion from watching YouTube videos. Another thing, it's not just how "digital" or "fat" it sounds, it's how it sits in the mix, the song, your final product! If your music [beep] s, I don't care how many and which analog synths you've used, it still [beep] s!
March 28, 2012 @ 3:49 pm
I love the jp8000 for it's sounds it has & can make really great as i do goa/psytrance.It's great for all types of dance stuff.Ieven use it for cybergoth too & this synth will become very difficult to find in time when everybody has snapped up all the jp8000's because it is a classic.It can & will go up in price as time & demand go by.
March 24, 2012 @ 5:43 am
I'm afraid we are (mis-)using it as an arpeggio-monster at the minute, but its got something quite convincing about it. musicality, acid and the modicum of weirdness that makes a good synth an inspiring synth. well built too and logical interface. keeper.
March 4, 2012 @ 8:27 pm
This is one of the best synths in the history of all synths!
Used them all, moog's, Arp's, Oberheims and every other digital "DSP" synth in the world, just name it!I must admit, I'm very impressed with JP! And yes, I have over 40 years of experience!I have read very funny comments here, like some kids are comparing something they don't even heard in person, claiming that JP8k sounds digital and thin compared to real "analog" synths? Short answer for those = "Learn how to program", it can sound even better! Highly recommended if you can find one in a good condition, even for 1k$don't hesitate!
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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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