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
January 2, 2011 @ 12:05 am's a rocker. It looks totally Japanese from the 80's.
January 2, 2011 @ 12:01 am
it's not multitimbral like the 106. $300 for the basic unit. then the pg-800? then the carts? it's worth about $700. I think its the only one you can change voices on. plus you get the sub when you double click. Try it in unison with the sub!!!
December 31, 2010 @ 10:16 am
@deb and Brandon:
I altered all my Roland and Korg gear with this stupid two-prong socket and built in the standard three prong one. Normally this is possible without widening the installation hole. Plus it is possible to put in a proper ground to the case. But as usual: BE CAREFUL WITH HANDLING POWERCONNECTIONS! DEADLY SHOCK POSSIBLE! ALWAYS UNPLUG THE POWER CONNECTION WHILE OPENING THE SYNTH!
I don't take any responsability if someone takes this idea and gets hurt..
Well, you should know how to handle a soldering iron and heatshrink tubes..
So no need to keep (and loose ;-) those two prong cables..
December 29, 2010 @ 9:20 am
I just got one. Just to say : Great synth, Great Chorus, Great analog sound ! A Millon miles away from plugins...

Get a reverb and it's a dream for Ambiant pad.

Analog vintage sound, with MIDI implementation, and it's (anormally) cheap now !

I will Never sell it
December 21, 2010 @ 8:28 pm
Brandon, thank you very much for sharing reference info! Most thoughtful and helpful! I will check it out!
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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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