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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137 Visitor comments
Keith N
August 30, 2011 @ 4:20 pm
Really like the strings, but if I'm honest the DW-8000 I picked up at the same time gets used way more, AND has a filter that the JX-8P can only dream of!

What I like about the 8P is the keybed and over feel and some of the pads, but it's getting far closer to 'digital' sounding, even the filter which lacks bite and depth and would advise checking out a JX-3P first if you want something with more vintage synth sound and faster envelopes, punchier more vibrant sound. OR as I said the Korg DW-8000 which runs rings around the 8P (+has 2 extra notes of poly which is very useful on pads)
August 11, 2011 @ 10:16 am
Greetings from South Africa just bought mine for R1500 that's about $200. Really happy with it
June 9, 2011 @ 12:28 am
Talk about Pad Heaven!!! I could easily play the JX-8p all night long just to be enjoying its silky strings and hauntingly beautiful pads. Sometimes I combine mine with my Juno 60 via a DCB to midi port called an MD8. Right there I instantly have 80% of the Jupiter 8 sounds! Its signature patch for me is undoubtedly "Soundtrack" But I do love its Pipe Organ preset as well, almost identical to the alpha junos. I've also dialed in a perfect Eurythmics Sweetdreams patch on mine. Man I love almost everything Roland put out before 1987 and this champ is simply no exception!
Cameo Culpa
May 25, 2011 @ 4:22 pm
Still love the strings of this instrument. Percussives are rather poor though, that's what the DX7 was made for. I actually own the JX-8P from Twentyfour-Seven, bought it last year from their front man.
May 14, 2011 @ 12:39 am
Does anybody know if the JX-8P can stay in "local off" mode after the synthesizer has been turned off then back on? I can't figure out how to do it on mine...I tried "midi" then "write" and got the "midi written" message, but surprisingly no luck. Thx.
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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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