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
July 25, 2013 @ 9:00 pm
Amazing how people say this synth is boring. This is a great synth! The RPS was something I have wanted for a long time. The engine is still great sounding after all of these years. This is absolutely one of the best Roland Synthesizers of all time. Many professionals ask for this synthesizer because it sounds GREAT!
July 24, 2013 @ 1:37 pm
The JP-8000 is a VA with a nice interface meant to reproduce that old Roland analog style with lots of bottom end and sparkling highs. It does that very well, no doubt about that, but if you are interested in really deep synth mangling and don't care for all that trance supersaw stuff, you'd be better off buying an Ion or MS2000 instead, or a Radias if you like its plasticky tone. Don't get me wrong, the JP has a great sound that does have its place in the VA world, I just find its engine too limited and ultimately quite boring.
June 17, 2013 @ 2:40 pm
Apparently also used by Jimmy Destri from Blondie - can be spot in the video for "Maria", where it is being used to create the harmonica-like sound.
May 23, 2013 @ 1:21 pm
Had one and got rid of it. This synth always bugged me. It sounds good enough i guess, but the major issue i had with was... You buy a VA because you want to take analog sounds somewhere that they couldn't go in an analog, otherwise, you would just buy an analog. Korg and Yamaha got it right (AN1X & Z1), Roland missed the mark. I think it's popular because even a chimpanzee could figure out how to edit it. It's boring, its overly simple, it sounds generic. Somehow, Nord did the same thing and made that work for them, and i actually loved the Lead, but it sounded much better than the JP-8K.
May 16, 2013 @ 11:55 pm
I bought a Roland Alpha Juno analog and used it for years. Sold it (oops) and tried this in the store in '99. First impressions? Thin, harsh, soulless compared to the Juno. Same with the JD-800. Roland really lost the plot. Korg is aware of the current analog renaissance with 8 analog synth products available in 2013. Get with the times, Roland!
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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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