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
January 12, 2012 @ 7:25 am
Sounds good, and it's a pleasure to play. Filter is nice enough (still miles ahead of anything digital in depth) and its resonance at moderate settings is ear-candy. Amazing strings and similar. Though rich in features, it lacks some basic things for me: no LFO2VCA, you can't disable velocity sensing for VCF properly (the filter will stay fully open), *unison* mode is polyphonic (but there's also a different *solo* mode). The biggest drawback are its poor envelopes. The attack can be reasonably fast, but they simply sound cheap, and make most things sound *retro*. Still, a rewarding synth.
Tom Cacy
January 2, 2012 @ 12:54 pm
I bought my JX8P way back when and I still use it today. The best built board around and the only one in my collection that has never been in the shop. If you are playing 80's music or just like the sounds from that era, then you've gotta have one of these. I do not have the PG-800 Controller or any of the memory cartridges for this and if anyone knows where to buy them, please let me know!
December 4, 2011 @ 1:45 pm
this synth is amazing. if u dont think so. ur probably not too good at programming it. the presets sound super 80's bcuz thats when it came out. some minor tweaks to a few parameters and this thing is a killer!!!!!
October 25, 2011 @ 6:58 pm
correction: it's only got 8 patches (that's the 8P), not 64 as stated in the specs here. It's got 64 preset tones, and up to 64 programmable tones (32 onboard, 32 on cart).
Still, one of the best analog polys from the 80's. Full sysex allows it to work in todays DAW. There's not a bad sound amongst the presets, just some are more useful than others. Back in the day my mate had an Oberheim Xpander - I could reproduce any sound he could make on this. If you think Juno's sound better, remember Juno's were budget, JX was the semi-pro line, and Jupiters were the pro end.
October 17, 2011 @ 2:51 pm
I know how to spell styrofoam.
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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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