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
November 6, 2010 @ 3:54 pm
had one of these from new back in 85, decent analogue poly but a pig to programme without the pg 800.
Jon Pape
November 4, 2010 @ 5:57 pm
I have one of these I'm trying to sell. If you're interested, hit me back at pape.jon at Everything works.
Louise Plusone
October 25, 2010 @ 3:06 pm
Hello Audibleobsession. I would be up for a template map for use with a Novation Remote SL. That would be wicked.
October 19, 2010 @ 3:36 pm
I'm posting again because I experienced more and more with it. As being somewhat like a perverted relationship I'll talk about it as her :)
First of all: aftertouch is a MUST. It WILL bring to life all the patches. Period.
Agree with the reviews: she's got a pro sound, she lets other instruments play easily with her without losing charachter. Pair a decent reverb/delay to open (but this applies to nearly all synths). When she has to cut the mix: hp and lp filter to narrow the band and more volume. When she has to be fat: unison (and don't be pussies because of lost polyphony). Don't clip the vca (as some presets do). Use chorus the right way: with stereo speakers.
Not for everyone because it's not for everything, this isn't for raw sounds or overcomplex synthesis. She's meant to be expressively played like a luscious dancer.
October 8, 2010 @ 4:22 am
Ah, memories! Bought one of these new in -85. Sounded great at the time, and despite the not very accessible programmering system, it was actually easier to program than the DX7. Wonder if any of these are still alive in other respects than in some vintage collections?
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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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