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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R Geere
October 17, 2013 @ 9:46 am
Gotta love this synth. Yes, it's easier to program with the PG800, BUT for a quick, fat, lush sound, you can easily stack any patch on top of itself, and detune.....takes two clicks!
Sure the polyphony is reduced to 3 voice, but hey - even mono synths have made a comeback.

And for those interested in going beyond the traditional string pad/polysynth patch, you can get some very wild, unearthly tones out of this baby - no external effects required!

I just posted a demo covering the above if interested:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxH5OlsUIaA

Thanks
qwac
September 15, 2013 @ 11:46 am
For those looking for a PG800 for their JX-8P but can't afford one there is a less costly solution. Get a used ipad 1 + camera usb kit + usb to midi cable and the app called iPG800. Works 100%.
rm
September 8, 2013 @ 6:48 pm
for peter,

consider yourself lucky to put Nords, Motifs, Fantoms etc. over JX8P but also the DX7, DW8000, Juno 106, Alphajuno2, DW6000, JX10, JX3P, Juno 60, Oberheim Matrix 12 and the 6, Yamaha CS80.

I've had them all (except CS80) and would ever never again touch a modern VA again. JX-8P is a fine synth, wish i found another someday with a pg-800, couldn't stand it without a programmer, and those are getting so expensive it hurts.
rm
September 8, 2013 @ 6:47 pm
for peter,

consider yourself lucky to put Nords, Motifs, Fantoms etc. over JX8P but also the DX7, DW8000, Juno 106, Alphajuno2, DW6000, JX10, JX3P, Juno 60, Oberheim Matrix 12 and the 6, Yamaha CS80.

I've had them all (except CS80) and would ever never again touch a modern VA again. JX-8P is a fine synth, wish i found another someday with a pg-800, couldn't stand it without a programmer, and those are getting so expensive it hurts.
Wes
September 6, 2013 @ 2:10 pm
I love this synth so much!!! Great, cheap 2osc analog synth. I usually run it through a Boss ODB3 Bass OD pedal in case i need some grit, and sometimes through my Peavey Vypyr tube 50 for a different sound. Some people dont like the lack of a "crisp" sound quality to some of the leads and basses. It can be done with oscillator sync/xmod and external filters (I use the MS20 vst and the Monotron Duo aux in). It excels in pads, strings, brass, bass, keys, and even leads if you tweak it to your taste.

I like using my netbook with the editor and librarian software over the PG800 (rare and $$)
 
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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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