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
December 13, 2012 @ 1:54 am
Amazing this forum: i enjoy laughing with the comments.
I try to put things straight: a va is not necessary made to emulate an analog synth.
It just uses the same building blocks as analogs. So far the comparising.
I have both the jp8000 as the jp8. I dont even try to emulate one with the other , what is the point? Every synth has its own character and i can assure u that the jp8000-8080 has enough power to not sound dated or weak. Its a powerhouse , even after 15 years. It can be even very dominating. One minus point: can act weird in a midi contolled situation
November 30, 2012 @ 3:14 am
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November 25, 2012 @ 2:10 pm
so Epoxy, if it's not the software than what is left? Fairy dust? The JP8000 is 100% digital, with the only exception of the D/A convertor. (which obviously any VA has)
So, of course the JP8000 sound is due to it's software. Probably some clever programming trick to avoid aliasing in the higher frequencies. But since it's not open-source we can only guess. The fact that modern Roland synths don't sound the same is probably due to the increased DSP power which lead to a different style of coding.
November 18, 2012 @ 6:50 pm
The point here is, (JP8000)isn't an ordinary"soft synth"like those vsti's, it actually has parts responsible for its sounds, not only (DSP) math is involved, like (An1X, nord lead1/2/3,korg radias) and any newer hardware(Modeling) synth.Second, JD800 doesn't belong here in the JP-8000 section!(PCM) or (pulse - code modulation)vs(Analog Modeling)=apples&bananas! (for J-106) People are reviewing this wonderful machine so, if you don't like it or you don't have one, please, crawl back into the hole you came from!
November 15, 2012 @ 12:20 pm
Let me get this straight, the argument is now VA's (a simulator/softsynth) versus Romplers (a sample playback units)? So as musicians we are now looking for the best fake? And the killer Oxymoron "it uses real VA" or "real virtual" analog. Wow, really?
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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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