Roland JP-8080

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The JP-8080 Analog Modeling Synthesizer Module offers an advanced Analog Modeling sound engine with 10-note polyphony, powerful External Audio Synthesis unlike anything on the market today, a unique built-in Voice Modulator, and Smartmedia storage capability--all in a cool, retro-styled 6U rack-mount module with tons of knobs and sliders for easy sound shaping.

Forty knobs and sliders for intuitive real-time sound creation and drastic sonic manipulation. Onboard Motion Control records all slider and knob movements for "hands-free" playback; all knob movements can be output via MIDI. The powerful onboard Voice Modulator allows external Mic/Vocal/Instrument input to be processed in real-time using one of three unique modes: Formant Filter, FilterBank, and Vocal Morph Control. Also features a good 12-band vocoder. It is used by BT, Ken Ishii, Faithless, and a.vanvranken.

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55 Visitor comments
December 8, 2008 @ 12:20 pm
this is pretty cool if you can't find an older synth "caughs" jupiter 6.
i was lucky enough to find it at a flea market for 90 bux. it just needed some dust blown off it, otherwise it worked fine.
the Voice Modulator is pretty comparable dare i say to other roland vocoders.
the knobs and sliders do seem a bit chincy. i have heard story's of them breaking easily.
November 13, 2008 @ 1:48 pm
I had a dj mixer up for sale for ages... and someone wanted it in exchange for a jp8080. I was supposed to buy a Jupiter6 from a friend but then he decided to be reasonnable and held on to it.

Sooo... I took the Jp. I must say it does quite well what I would most often do with the Jupiter (I'm into classic disco... yeah some cheesy stuff too, but funky). It's not the same... of course... but it's same-ish. Or lets say it can replace one for live use. I've had it for two days and I already have every reason to keep it... at least until I get a real Jupiter or juno! :) And even then... it would still have it's use.

Not an overly powerful synth... BUT it sounds cool.
October 15, 2008 @ 5:12 pm
If you are looking for that sound that makes your music unique, you surelly will achieve it with the JP-8080.

Newer machines like the Supernova came with more polyphony and midi parts, but never could equal to the JP-8080 sounds and expressiveness. Its Achille's heel: only two midi parts...
October 9, 2008 @ 1:24 pm
I like this synth because of all the sliders and knobs. Programing is fast & easy. The chours effect on the JP-8080 is rich and thick like on the Juno's. Strings and pads come alive. The upper and lower Roland patch thing was always very confusing to me and so is the keyboard midi input on this unit. All in all a great sounding synth that is easy & fast to program.
August 15, 2008 @ 12:48 pm
I really enjoyed the interface on this machine. I mean, all those knobs and sliders, what's not to love. but, ultimately, I found the sound to be much too digital and reminiscent of late 90's trance music. You could do some really cool hands-on things with almost every parameter, though, and that's what made this one stand out.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 10 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 Roland Analog Modeling DSP oscillators: Saw, Square (PWM), Triangle (PWM), Super Saw (7 de-tuned Saws), Triangle Mod, Feedback OSC
  • Filter - Resonant 12/24dB/oct low/band/hi pass, 12-band formant filter bank
  • Effects - 3 onboard effects: Delay; Multi-FX including Chorus, Flanger, Distortion and Tone control
  • Memory - 384 preset and 128 user patches; 192 preset and 64 user performance
  • Arpeg/Seq - Onboard Arpeggiator and real-time Phrase Sequencing (RPS) capability
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MIDI (2 parts)
  • Date Produced - 1998
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