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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w.t. salmela
January 23, 2014 @ 4:49 pm
One of the most espressive poly analogs (vintages at least). Very pleasant overall sound, not aggressive at all like the 70's stuff. Had a JX-8P with the PG-800 and think that I wouldn't have bothered to program it without one. With the programmer it's a joy.

Sold the JX-8P and got a MKS-70 super JX instead - a mistake! Didn't like the twin architecture of that and missed the simplicity of good old 8P. Much more versatile than the Junos. Maybe I should get the JX-3P which is the best looking JX.
January 1, 2014 @ 10:15 pm
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January 1, 2014 @ 10:14 pm
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andy w
December 31, 2013 @ 1:06 pm
How easy are these to get serviced? I'm considering either one of these or a Teenage Engineering OP1 for next year's buy. I'd like to know the operating costs in terms of the reliability and so forth already having a whole room full of out of action keyboards!
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:

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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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