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 8, 2013 @ 2:32 pm
come on! you don't need the PG-800 that bad do you? sure it's cool but it's not that hard to program this synth without one. so many people saying you have to have man up! so what if you have to push a few buttons. oh it takes too long! blah, blah... plus $400 is way over priced for one.
January 6, 2013 @ 5:37 pm
a flexible and accessible synth, and thanks to innovative little tricks such as the ability to link the volume of DCO2 to the keyboard velocity (which is particularly useful when the oscillators are sync'ed) it generated a wide range of new and powerful sounds. soon to go up in price! grab one today!
Sid Mead
December 2, 2012 @ 1:48 pm
A very underrated synth and definitely no "beginners' instrument" - It can also be controled with software via midi (check out SoundPaC) and thus can be integrated very easily in a modern setup. It has a rich and transparent sound and a really interesting synth architecture (including different ways of cross-modulation between the two DCOs. The factory presets are lame, but it can do everything from pads, leads to very "experimental" sounds.
November 14, 2012 @ 11:53 am
To Eltalstro: IPG-800 is editor for iOS, that control JX-8P, MKS-70 (JX-10).
November 10, 2012 @ 10:46 pm
I have th option to buy one for $340 NZ ($275 US). Can't find a PG 800 on ebay right now what is a ball park value for the controller? They seem pretty hard to get hold of.
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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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