Roland JX-8P

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The JX-8P is a decent analog polysynth. It has 6 voices of polyphony, great MIDI implementation and patch storage as well as an external memory cartridge slot. Though it is far more advanced than its predecessor, the JX-3P, the JX-8P has its drawbacks. Hands-on programming is sacrificed and reduced to assigning the parameter you want to tweak to a data-slider near the pitch/mod bender. Enter the PG-800 controller which gives you total control of all the JX-8P's editable parameters with hands-on traditional slider control. Membrane buttons dominate the front panel of the JX-8P providing access to the various preset and user patches and to page through and assign editable parameters.

Professional features can still be found under the hood of the JX-8P. Its 61 note keyboard is velocity and aftertouch sensitive. Just like the Juno synthesizers it uses DCO's for a very stable system, however its sounds are a little thin and bright. It also features portamento, unsion and solo (monosynth) performance modes. It is used by Biosphere, 808 State, Tangerine Dream, The Shamen, Depeche Mode, Überzone, the Cure, Go West, Ozric Tentacles, Future Sound of London, Jean-Michel Jarre, Europe, and Jimmy Jam.

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141 Visitor comments
neil
June 29, 2014 @ 4:06 am
just seen the video dem for the ipg 800....what a fantastic idea!.......does anyone know if there is something on ipad for the d 50 ? or any other old roland synths alpha juno etc.
Fredrik
June 14, 2014 @ 7:17 am
Once again: If you have an iPad you can get the iPG-800. It does the same thing. No need for ridiculous money spending!!!!
Ted Masterton
May 21, 2014 @ 7:35 pm
Been playing with this synth for a few weeks, took this long to realize:

no lfo to level/vca? [beep] ???
trinigoth
May 17, 2014 @ 12:41 am
This synth is great but beware the pricing. If you find a good price on a JX-8P with the PG-800 take it immediately you won't regret it. I have seen some PG-800's go for $600 recently on ebay. The PG-800 attachment is NOT worth that much money. Don't buy into it. I have a PG-800 I got a year and a half ago from a private seller for $250. It makes life much easier but don't waste your money. Unless you find a cheap PG-800 put your funds towards a better synth.
Richard G
March 14, 2014 @ 4:43 pm
You can programme other-wordly sounds on this baby - not just the usual strings, eps etc.

My demo shows this off - NO external effects, NO overdubs. Just some crazy-a** sounds:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxH5OlsUIaA

Thanks.
Peace
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 6 voices
  • Oscillators - 2 DCO's per voice (12 oscillators)
  • Memory - 64 patches + External memory cartridges
  • Effects - Portamento
  • VCF - standard VCF
  • VCA - ADSR envelope
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Keyboard - 61 note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
  • Control - MIDI In/Out/thru
  • Date Produced - 1985
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