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8 dicembre 2011

Roland JX-8P (1988)

According with Vintage Synths Explorer, the Roland JX-8P is: “a decent (decent?! This beast is astounding!!!) 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.

This synth is the last analog keyboard from Roland, I find it a good alternative to all the CEM and SSM chip based synthesizers.
Pink Floyd used it (the double version great brother Super JX-10, practically two JX-8P joinend into one chassis) for their album “A momentary lapse of reason” (1987) and, after, for the world tour “Delicate sound of  thunder”.


Here a picture of the PG-800 (a must have stuff for a realtime sound tweaking… sadly often it costs twice as the JX-8P!):


Next a couple of cool sound demos from WC Olo Garb (Poland):


The following link: Mark’s JX-8P resources centre is the holy graal for all JX owner, they can find here manual, sysex1, sysex2, sysex3, free sysex editors (for windows and other OS), schematics, aftertouch repair and many other.


Here another good resources link: SUPER JX-10 and MKS-70 SYNTHESIZER


And last but not least a VSTi sysex controller from VST Control (Germany), it allows to work with your JX-8P as a common software VSTi with all advantages like total recall and full control automations. For just few bucks it worth!


A couple of new demos by SynthManiaDotCom:

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