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
April 3, 2009 @ 2:10 pm
Is it more or less the same thing that JP8000 is???

Whta are the differences between them???
Jeff Stone
March 6, 2009 @ 5:51 am
A future classic I reckon. It does what it does well and no other VA synth comes close.

Lots of easy editing options and its idiosyncrasies are also its strengths.

More than just a hoover machine, but boy do those super saws hoover!

If you like your synths and you haven't got one, what are you waiting for? Get on Ebay and grab one of these babies before the prices rocket up!
February 16, 2009 @ 5:54 pm
I thoroughly enjoy my JP-8080. I bought it new ages ago and it’s still my main synth. The reason for this is because I love the pad sounds I can create with it. It can also do bass and leads very well. I can get very close to the analog sounds I hear on Kraftwerk, Thomas Dolby, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode and William Orbit CD’s. I can’t tell whether this thing sounds like an actual Jupiter 8, but it does a fantastic job mimicking what I hear on the CD’s.
January 11, 2009 @ 3:03 am
One of my favourites. It's incredible. Most feature packed JP I think because of Audio in, Vocoder, MOrph, multi saws, pwm over 4000 patches could be stored with 1 non Roland memory card.
Still cannot emulator good JP-8 sound even with messing with EQ to un digital bright it. (Roll off highs). Needs more waveforms like sine on VCO and SIne, trapazoid etc on LFO. Need noise to be on seperate before mixer.
Im not into RPS, but time to time I think of difficult lines to execute so it comes in handy.
Arpegiator is nice but like most modern needs to be better at vintage basics and not all these new arps. I could play arps in any key any way. Easily transportable JP. I love it!!!!!!!
January 5, 2009 @ 11:33 pm
I love it but I have gid rid of it twice already. I believe is fantastic but the sounds.... hhmmm... is too itself. I believe is too bright and too clean and too "I want to figure out".

I had one and I sold it because I was moving overseas and I sold all my studio. I always wanted to have 2 of those the next time. Years later a friend of mine was selling his and I had it in my new studio for a few days, it is a fun synth, incredible but still... this hyper shiny sound.
When I listened to the same sounds years later was like listening to Aqua (come on Brabie let's go party), I mean, my hears were so tired.

I still considering give it another chance because it will be a classic. I do need to experiment with other synth of the era like the Virus but I believe the JP 8080 would be good if you have 2, one for base and one for the leads.

And the table top shape is great, I believe is a great machine after all.
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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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