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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ak
November 10, 2012 @ 12:45 pm
I have a fair amount of synths (hardware and software). I'm more musician than producer, and I'd never sell my JP8000. It's all about playability. The layout of controls is perfect and something about how the various parameters affect the sound is really quit good. It's as if the usable range of any knob or slider is always perfect for a patch. I have soft synth's that sound 'better', but nothing I own is anywhere near as engaging and immediate as the JP-8000. It's near vintage, it's fun to play, it'll never be obsolete.
steve
November 9, 2012 @ 1:17 pm
the JD SYNTH YOUR RAVING ON ABOUT ARE RUBBISH EVEN CANT EVEN COMPARE TO THE ROLAND JP8000 YOU OBVIOUSLY MUST BE DEAF THE JD SYNTH I BOUGHT WHEN THEY FIRST COME SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE LOOK OF IT BUT ONCE I STARTED YOU USE IT AND EDIT SOUNDS IT WAS JUST BULL, SO I SOLD IT AFTER ABOUT 2 MONTHS
THE ROLAND JP8000 KICK PANTS OF THE JD SYNTH ANY-DAY SO KEEP DREAMING ABOUT HOW WONDERFUL YOU THINK IT IS, YAWN
electrocrass
October 3, 2012 @ 1:57 pm
My two cents here... The JD-800 doesn't do pwm, osc sync, cross mod, or ring mod and has the same 4-tone PCM waveform structure that every Roland rompler workstation has had for decades. Just because it happens to have a ton of sliders doesn't mean it's comparable to a JP-8000. I don't even care much for the JP-8000 and can see how ridiculous this sounds. "But the only result that matters is the sound not the differences on paper." Sure, and with that logic anyone can say a DX7 "sounds better" than a Minimoog, regardless of the differences.
specky
September 30, 2012 @ 1:43 pm
Am aware that the JD isn't a VA! Very little to do with it - both digital, and PCM samples or not the JD sounds very special! Not like a normal flat sounding rompler. It's way more versatile than the JP, far better built and is held in very high esteem over 20 years after release. The JP-800 was cool for a couple of years while it was 'hot' but now sounds no better than software!! As I said, the JD sounds weighty the JP sounds plastic. JP may be virtual analog but the only result that matters is the sound not the differences of two digital synths on paper.
PCBExpert
September 28, 2012 @ 11:40 am
I'm the proud owner of a JP-8000, AN1x, JD-800 and many more.
This is very powerful synth in the right hands, makes the Yamaha an1x to sound like the "worst" vsti ever!
As for the JD-800, JP-8000 is not a "ROM" based digital synthesizer, it uses real "VA" calculation algorithms, not just "wav" rom samples like JD-800!
Despite 8 voice of polyphony on the JP-8000 vs AN1x who has 10, viewed from a technical point of view, JP-8000 has a lot more power for calculations and it has more expensive hardware inside!
Look no further, JP-8000 is a legend and winner!
 
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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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