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 12, 2013 @ 11:41 am
@ me
Well put. (On the JP's year of realise and feature similarities to the original JP synths.)

@alex, Some of the most notible acts in electroinic music still use the JP-8K. Not a sign of this synth being "lack luster" by anybody's standard. Well, not by anybodys standard who's opinon acutally means somthing.
March 11, 2013 @ 11:24 pm

i didn't imply that at all. i was making a point about the presets not sounding modern or typical for trance music, therefore someone really cant call it a trance synth. the supersaw is just a waveform. it doesnt play itself, so quit trolling for christ sake. the fact that a lot of trance musicians used the jp has more to do with the year it was released and simple interface compared to other digital synths of that time period. the reason i mention synthpop is because the interface and osc/mod options are similar to the jupiter 6 and 8. very straight forward and simple.
March 9, 2013 @ 2:23 am

so you decide what your synth is useful for by going through the presets? Haha, oh wow
March 8, 2013 @ 12:30 pm
long time jp8000 owner here... yes, it was used by a lot of trance musicians, but much like my guitar can't be called a rock guitar due to a few musicians using it, the jp8000 can't really be called a trance synth. just scrolled through all the presets and there's actually nothing trance or modern edm sounding at all. the the patches are very retro sounding mixed with a lot of ambient sounds. for the record, i produce 80's synthpop style music and it's great for that kind of music.
March 6, 2013 @ 12:09 am
@ electrocrass

It pretty much is a Trance synth. That's it what truly excels at, and that's what keeps it from being lackluster to many people, including myself.
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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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