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
The Ghoul
December 30, 2013 @ 8:12 pm
I just got one of these still in the box for a steal, as a lover of the older hands on boards, I have a PolySix, a Jupiter 6 and a Juno 6, I am in love with this thing!

It is punchy, easy to edit and awesome for on the fly live creations.

As Jupiter 8s are now stupidly expensive, this will do me..
December 17, 2013 @ 4:34 pm
I love the interface on this synth, but I let it go - ultimately it didn't come close to how good my AN1x (or even my MS2000) sounded. Have had a few VA including those 3, Novation and access. They are all gone but kept AN1x due to the sound inspite of it's imperfect interface.

I only wish the JP had the AN1x's sound or the AN had the JPs interface!

Sound IS the most important factor at the end and the JP is my least favourite of the 3 early Jap VAs - AN1x sounds amazing and really almost analog but way more besides.

AN1x 5/5
MS2k 4/5
JP8k 3/5

December 6, 2013 @ 7:00 am
Having owned many synths over years (analog and digital) I had always been curious and a bit dubious about the JP8000. So finally, curiosity got the better of me an recently bought a minty one for a very good price. I have only messed around with it for a few hours, and... it's definitely a keeper!! Does the VA very well (better than I hoped) but strings, pads and leads are superb... very very legitimate indeed. Sweeps and fx / bell tones just brilliant. I've no doubt there maybe better sounding synths out there, but, you have to consider the inspiration you get too. So, the JP8000 WINS!
November 5, 2013 @ 7:25 am
The oscillators and filter on their own sound horrible, but using the very extensive programming capabilities, it could do very well as an all-around Roland for live performance, and also is capable of producing some really great pads and leads (which are hard to be simulated using classic analogs).
November 2, 2013 @ 9:52 pm
A collaborator of mine just picked one of these babies up for a cool $400 and brought it to my studio for some experimentation. The sounds just can't be beat. I'm not giving it back.
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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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