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
March 13, 2011 @ 5:43 pm
and as for roland synths worth picking up? SH-101 ! Jupiter 8 ! SH-2 ! JX-3P ! JUNO 60 ! MKS-70 ! MKS-80 ! D-50 ! JD-990 ! after that, I wouldn't bother with any Rolands (after 92 ish) cos most of them [beep] compared to the 80s stuff. Perhaps jp-8000 or vsynth could bring you some joy but they are not like the classics :)

btw this sort of question would be MUCH better on the forums of this site.
March 13, 2011 @ 5:40 pm
i meant 64 (for chorus) hit PARAMETER button (white lower left) then key in '6' then '4' then use the edit slider (top left) to chose between OFF/1/2. Most times it's best to leave it OFF (and use outboard) OR use 1 - 2 is a bit too much and a tad noisy.
March 13, 2011 @ 5:39 pm
on the 8P the chorus IS in the programming parameters like the 3P BUT there is no dedicated button. Many patches have it on by default (you can kinda tell). If you want to turn it on/off and resave (or not) you edit the patch - the parameter is 62 (read the parameter table printed onto the top of the 8P or the manual for ALL the parms - no point owning an 8P if you are not going to dig in my friend!)

As for all those Junos, why? They are VERY limited synths, you ONLY need one of them for the juno sound. 6/60 would be my choice. Don't like 106. D-50 is decent!
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March 12, 2011 @ 6:23 pm
I'm guitar player very new to synths. I recently bought a jx-3p and then a jx-8p I've noticed on here people mentioning using the chorus on the jx-8p but I don't see an option for chorus on mine. Can anyone fill me in on this. I thought maybe they might be talking about and internal perameter in the patch programing but I really have no clue. My jx-3p has a chorus button, maybe I'm just retarded and don't see it.

Also I'm planning on picking up a juno 6, 60, 106 and d-50 and was wondering if anyone has any recomendations as far as roland synts mid 80's - 90's that would be worth picking up.
March 11, 2011 @ 5:31 am
Maybe, but if the aftertouch has been fixed and working they can/should go for another $100+ because it's a job no owner really wants to do (it's quite fiddly) and if you pay a synth tech to do it it will cost you as it's a time consuming job. Cosmetic condition isn't as important as fully functioning so if you have the choice between 2 get the one with working aftertouch (and pay a bit more, it's worth it on the 8P to have aftertouch working both for it's own sounds and when used as a controller!)

They are also under priced in general and WORTH far more in reality!
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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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