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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thanos
May 3, 2013 @ 1:20 am
It has nice sounds, like for example the "supersaw" and the vangelis-like pads but nothing special. In my opinion its overpriced. Maybe look for a Korg Z1. Its a better synth!
twzimmerman
April 13, 2013 @ 3:52 pm
This synth is one of Roland's best VA ever produced. It isn't because of when it was released that it was is popular, it is because it is easy to program complex patches that are tweak-able on the fly. The wave forms and filter are very smooth, perhaps lacking in character of actual analog, but without the limitations. To me the only downside is the eight voice polyphony. If you are using it in "dual" mode and your patches have long release times you will end up dropping notes. However, you have the same issue with any analog synth.
sbdj
March 28, 2013 @ 10:43 pm
I found mine sitting forgotten in a pawn shop in perfect condition for $330 and over the years I've come to realize that it was a steal. The repackaged Roland rompler engines you see now can't hold a candle to the JP. And it's not just the supersaw; my taste leans more toward the feedback osc, which is shamefully overlooked. And the interface is perfection, imo. Sit in front of this thing and it simply inspires you, begs you to tweak away until the presets are distant memory.
AdamEvans
March 24, 2013 @ 12:31 am
Oh, and the idiot who said this isnt a trance synth lol, youve just got to shake your head at the stupidity of some people. Not only was this a great trance synth, it was THE trance synth of the late 90s and early 00s. Still awesome today.
AdamEvans
March 24, 2013 @ 12:27 am
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant bit of kit. Out of the blue, and during a time when Roland were making awful workstations (at least straight out of the box) along came the Blue Monster. A real synth. A modern classic. One of the best sounding boards ever made. Thankfully, i can pretty much emulate it with the Superwave P8 vsti!
 
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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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