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
August 25, 2010 @ 6:34 pm
I have a JX-8p and love it. Unison bass lines sound great through the Boss Slicer pedal for some rhythmic bass lines. but have been looking on ebay for the PG-800 since my Edit fader's values jump from 0 to Max immediately with no in-between values. Anyone else have this same problem?
July 8, 2010 @ 3:36 pm
I have had a Roland JX-8P since 1985, and it has BARELY been used. Someone borrowed it & lost the power cord, which I need to replace so I can be certain it is in great condition...never even used the midi function. I am going to research and see what to do with it. I always wished I could play, but lessons didn't take with me. I am a singer, but I can't even read music! Love this keyboard though.
Dave S
July 7, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
This is one of the synths I owned that I terribly miss now. Bought mine with the PG-800. Both were in mint condition when I sold them. Someday, I will replace them, if I can find in mint condition.

The JX-8P was great for mushy sounding pads.
June 8, 2010 @ 5:49 am
@Noodle: True - 8P can sound classy and elegant. I find it holds it's tone well through effects and mix and doesn't break up.

However it also is very capable of some very wild, scary and ear breaking tones (if you push it wrong they could even sound bad), mostly though I mean GOOD scary sounds. It's bottom end is not a fast bass machine but it has depth and power.

To re-use and alter your analog, the 8P is a foxy elegant lady but a lady capable of ripping off her underwear and showing you a good time if you push the right buttons! Best of both worlds surely? ;)
May 13, 2010 @ 7:07 am
If synths were girls the JX-8P is a foxy lady. It's a very elegant, refined synth unlike the 3P which was dirty, and the Juno's which have balls. It's good for making pads, strings, f/x and all kinds of synth sounds but it's a very soft, effeminate quality to it. Until you run it through a distortion pedal with the resonant filter all the way up, then it sounds like a TB-303 on acid.
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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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