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
August 26, 2010 @ 11:32 am
Honestly Stu, what nonsense!!! I've crossed patches between the two - they sound 100% identical!

And the vocoder is just fine. More than fine, infact.
June 25, 2010 @ 6:19 pm
I had a JP8000 n almost bought this until I tested it. The vocoder is useless and for some reason it just doesnt sound as lush as the JP8000 to me. I was pretty pissed to find that out cause my then I had already sole the 8000, lol! Something squeeky in comparison. Odd cause its supposed to be the same circuitry. Guess its like the JX10 n the MKS 70. Something got lost in the rack.
June 13, 2010 @ 9:59 pm
This synth can do the supersaw trance leads which are in-part based on its sfx and also the sup saw wave itself. the sfx are very hands on and make it easy to tweak the sound. It also has a feedback oscillator - whatever that means - which can produce some really screaming and out there sfx. Its a nice all rounder going for a good price these days, but definitely has that cold va tone to it.
May 17, 2010 @ 10:08 pm
add a tube preamp in there and you have really warm sounding va synth.
its not going to replace vcos and vcfs but with a dwindling supply of jp6s and jp8s this is pretty decent with a tube preamp after it.
you get a lot for the price they go for now. questionable quality in regards to the knobs tho.
April 22, 2010 @ 2:43 pm
Early VA and it shows. Clicky, unpredictable at times. Looks nice but didn't impress enough to stay with me for long.
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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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