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
March 25, 2011 @ 6:56 pm
Everyone talks about the supersaws but i believe the real beauty in the 8080 is the feedback OSC. Definitely a great addition for aggro EBM leads and pads. Even though i own a V-synth, i would definitely buy another one of these (I wonder if Bryan from VAC still has mine). Also stacking sounds in Performance mode is where this thing really shines - also the Porta on this synth is awesome for psytrance leads.
November 9, 2010 @ 2:38 am
I got mine straight from the shop in 98 and it's been on every tune I've written since. The pads a fat and sound fantastic and the leads don't dissapoint. A worthy buy for any studio..
W. A. Harriman III
November 8, 2010 @ 12:32 am
Absolutely stunning synth. Definitely try it before getting it, or listen to some samples, and demos - does a good job. It has a unique sound.
Everything is great. If you want powerful sounds, stack 70 saws on top of each other, and detune them (supersaw in unison, with unison detune). Only virus TI+ can do that.
One negative is that there is no unison detune nob. 10 note polyphony can get in the way a bit too. If you can grab 2 of these synths, you'll have no trouble.
I'm a huge fan of the clicking. When you turn up the delay and turn down the filter (at 12db) the clicking is beautiful - just like analogue classics.
It has the best sounding strings I've ever heard due to the Supersaw oscillator - smoother than a babies bottom, yet epic like the battle of hastings.
The Effects:
4 types of chorus, 3 flangers, 5 phasers, distortion
The 12db filter is very warm
You should be able to grab one online for 450-700 (minus shipping).
September 15, 2010 @ 11:05 pm
I had the JP8000 for about a month and the drummer's stupid cat peed on it! It was pretty cool, but since they came out with the JP8080 with a little more polyphony and the vocoder, I went with that for a while. My first and only rack mount ever! It was great sounding. Sadly it was stolem outta my car a few years later. Boooooo. Oh, hello MS2000B!
August 26, 2010 @ 11:33 am
Honestly Stu, what nonsense!!! I've crossed patches between the two - they sound 100% identical! These are software synths - the circuitry is of no consequence.

And the vocoder is just fine. More than fine, in fact.
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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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