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
March 1, 2013 @ 3:46 pm
I've owned one of these for about 7 years or so. It does some things really well, and others not so well. I actually play the thing; I'm not a sequencing musician. As a lead synth I thought it was really good until purchasing a Moog Voyager a few years ago... the sound of a truly analog signal path blows this thing away. But - for nice resonant polyphonic patches (strings, brass, pads, etc.), I would say the JP8000 has some real value. To me the real test is when you play with a loud band... how does it sit in the mix. For leads, it doesn't. For pads, it absolutely does. IMO.
February 6, 2013 @ 9:21 am
I've owned this synth since 99'. It left a two year impression, and it took about that long for me to afford one. Now, I own one of Roland's most recent offerings (Jupiter 50.) I'm not sure if it's the soft spot in my heart for theJP-8k, or actually a true difference in the sound potential, but the JP 8k seems more alive. The Jupiter 50 is great sounding and hugely functional, but it seems that by striking a key, it feels like you're really only playing back a high fidelity recording of an analog , etc. Of all the Roland synths I've owned, the JP 8k remains my favorite.
February 3, 2013 @ 8:48 pm
I cant find one of these on e bay, anyone selling one ?
February 3, 2013 @ 11:39 am
As many of you know, our JP8k's have battery's that are on their way out at this point in history. For those of you who will be seeing the "Battery Low" Warning very soon, the YouTube bids on the subject are very helpful. I was very nervous about attempting it on my own, but found that with some patients, it's not as intimidating as you may think. You will have to recalibrate the pitch bender and ribbon afterwards (search gearslutz for info on this.) I found the "pesky student" YouTube video to be the most helpful.
February 3, 2013 @ 1:46 am
For the record, if you think the JP-8000 is a "Trance" synth, you obviously know nothing about programming. Depeche Mode, Gary Numan, Pet Shop Boys, Garbage.. yeah, that's some great Trance music right there.
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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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