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
Marcel Heijink
August 13, 2013 @ 7:48 am
I've got the JP8080 and a Virus B. When you compare those 2 with each other the Virus sounds fatter, thicker. Even without the 3rd oscillator. Yes the 8080 sounds thin. But very useful for my music genre (Hardcore house) You can create insane hard and soft leads with it. And if you need more thickness I use a soft synth syncing in my sequencer with the 8080 for the lower tones. I would not recommend the 8080 for every music genre. That prize goes to the Virus B. But for the dance scene, highly recommended, even today.
July 30, 2013 @ 9:56 pm
I always wanted one of these units and found one for steal (about $450) on eBay. The unit looks awesome, especially in a rack. Sound wise, I must say it was a bit disappointing. It just has a very thin, "plastic" and brittle quality to it. I made a number of patches and did think the pad sounds were really nice when using the supersaw.

I love the layout of this synth as it's very hands on and straightforward.It would be a great unit to learn synthesis. The modulation capabilities are limited though and the knobs feel really cheap and wobbly.
April 2, 2013 @ 11:34 pm
This tabletop unit is a pure delight. Want to rattle your brains to bits with absurd basslines? Go for it. Want those juicy sounds from way back when? Okay, sure! Sound effects? Vocorder? Digital spit? Sure, sure, sure! Best part: don't like something about a sound? Well, create your own. Like it should be.

I can't think of anything this thing can't do except wash dishes. Admittedly, the midi interface is pretty dumb in a traditional sense, but who cares. It sounds great. It's an instrument, not a sequencing machine. Think of it as such and it *works*.
December 17, 2012 @ 9:58 pm
It's a versital instrument. Can it make a digital sound - yes. Can it make a warm sound - yes. Can it sound thin - yes. Can it sound fat - yes. It will sound like whatever you program it to sound it's a filterbank, it can vocode, and it can accept external audio as an oscillator. I also own a Minimoog Voyager and I routed the audio out of it into the 8080 for a particular sound. The JP-8080 stepped up and acted as a modular synth!
December 15, 2012 @ 11:53 pm
Sounds very digital from the samples on this site.
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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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