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
February 8, 2010 @ 6:36 am
......oh, and as answer to what someone asked about a year ago, the main differences between the JP-8080 and JP-8000 are that the JP-8080 has no keyboard, it's a module, and the JP-8080 has a vocoder/voice modulator. The JP-8000 has a keyboard but no vocoder/voicemod. Also, there is a difference in voicecount and polyphony; If I recall correctly.
February 8, 2010 @ 6:33 am
I have zero experience with the JP-8000, but I love my 8080. I will never get rid of it. Only downsides I can really find are the over-sensitive envelope attack-levels (giving clearly noticeable clicks if set to a very low timing) and the fact that the extra storage for patches and performances were chosen to use an MMC technology which is almost impossible to find today (5 volts cards needed, while most available for sale a 3.3v and will not work).
Sound is awesome and it can prodcue very retro up to modern and cold sound. Perfomances with multiple SuperSaw can become more than you'll ever need.
January 8, 2010 @ 5:52 pm
This is a great synth, but I am not liking the split keyboard. It is hard to program when I am playing scales, but the sounds are awesome. Anyone with a keyboard should have a field day with this one. It can take a bit of in depth programming, but well worth it. I enjoy running sounds through it's vocoder. Very robotic sounds as well. A must have for any studio.
Michael DeAngelis
December 19, 2009 @ 10:58 pm
I work at a music studio and bought the JP8080 for my home studio when we were upgrading one of our studios. I was thinking it would serve as a Rolls Royce type of soft synth programmer which it has indeed become. Beasts like Arturia Modular 5 and CS80V have become lovable little kittens with the JP8080 mapped to it's parameters. I always hoped the JP8080's internal sounds would sound close to the God-like Jupiter 8 since all the knobs and a preliminary listen leaves one hopeful you can B.S. yourself into thinking there are real VCO's under the hood. If you are still reading this you fully know I was smoking something that day because at best the JP8080 mocks the grandeur of a real analog synth! Yes, the JP8080 can sound VERY analog at times and very warm too. It can also sound as cold as a melting ice cap. The unpredictability and clarity of a fat analog signal is gone, but the JP8080 is very tweakable and lives very nicely in the vast gap between a FM8 and a Jupiter 8.
October 2, 2009 @ 1:53 am
It's prob the best synth for making some piking in the makina. Also a good tb 303 sound can get outta it, like some raw bass, and also some fantastic lead for all you hardcore or dance or trance user, and even some major bass for the elektro-house producer!
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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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