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Roland JX-8P

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Excellent synth

By Poussin du Ciel, 08/05/2013
Analog synth and some very powerful digital, you can do everything with and not just tables. A must have if you like greasy sounds:-p


Very easy to use as long as you spend a little time.


Contains some sounds but the most interesting is to make them yourself.
Sounds not at all realistic hand bells can be, but it is not the goal.


It must be used for fifteen years.
Bought used in 2000 by my mother FRCS a cash converter, I fell in love from the first time I saw him.
Excellent quality / price in my opinion.
I would do this choice with experience.

A must have if you are brave

By vincemal, 29/07/2011
For specifications I believe that everything has been said, very satisfactory if one is looking for analog and if we can not afford to run after the ARP, Moog and other Jupiter, Prophet and CS-80 ...


I never opened the manual, I do not think this is necessary for anyone except perhaps for some manip '...

It sails very well through the presets or some functionality with the buttons membranes (although some require you to be a Bourin, but a little cleaning it off again as 40.), For against, as soon as we begin to want to edit sounds: disaster ... ergonomics is prehistoric and only two solutions available to you ...

1) The versatile but expensive solution of buying a PG-800 controller (or perhaps a MIDI control surface to be seen ...)
2) The least expensive but more restrictive solution download the excellent PCJX8P on your computer and connect it via midi synth.

Otherwise it is doing good but what takes courage ...


Down with the cliché JX-8P = patches, it would be an insult to the JX-8P and its many opportunities. For my part I managed to make good lead sounds, bass, and even a bad imitation of a pan flute, which is still very enjoyable to play and listen for what it is.

The presets are ... equal to themselves, they are shared between poor imitations of instrument (requires 80's ..), and synthetic sounds more or less true, but somewhat lacking in body and power, to desire to return to work then. Well I'm a little bad language, y 'to some that I use but it's up to you to make your own opinion on it.

Some sounds are famous, it's true ... the preset "Stab Brass" in "The Final Countdown" and so on. Use the JX-8P is less recognized, but which for me is certain, the Reuse friendly preset "Music Box" from "Screw" by The Cure.

The aftertouch adds a little more friendly, for sure ..


For the time value for money is excellent opportunity if you get a sum of between € 200 and 300, beyond that, it's too expensive, so for more than € 300 I think prefer the JX10 ... unless the PG-800 is included in the price. J'eu a Roland D-20 before and it is day and night, although can also have fun with it.

This choice I would do without hesitation, in my opinion the most affordable analog that makes sense.

Benjd800's review

By Benjd800, 28/01/2009
Keyboard 61 keys to look nice smelling good the 80s ...

The characteristics on AudioFanzine is nothing more to add.


The grip is immediate, everything is simple and logical CASC, accessible sounds of pleasant suite.touch with aftertouch (yes!). Pinaise But the keys are noisy ....
ct heuuu the programming is hard! without the PG800 galR hello! Fortunately, alternatives exist such as the freeware PC-JX8P that simulates a PG800 via midi ... has arranged things well! implantation noon is also UNESCORecords so that we have trouble believing that one is in front of an old synth from 1985.


As is often the first contact that has ben found not break bricks ... the presets sound old-fashioned and not well ... then you start fiddling, searching ... and as the machine has a very classic sound architecture is reached quickly the good you jump everywhere because he really has the personality of this old bastard! The chorus is it seems worse than the Juno, it sounds as n'empche take on significant momentum when the workforce. Ct sound:

- Ground: not bad but I confess I have not found much prefers groundwater numriques my JD800.

- Low: It seems that this is not his strong point, love me! with the filter wide open and in "unison" was a hit bad! Welcome to the 80s!

- The Leads: If you are a fan of the band Europe will do it! A good sounding rock 80. For my part I am a LE fan on this machine is the Laser Harp Jarre on album "Rendezvous" ...

The DIFFERENT piano, harpsichord ... does not sound like real, it's not a surprise, but fit well frankly, sounds have a very nice ct Stevie Wonder! APRS to play Mozart obviously ...


That's just 2 days I mien.achet a misra in perfect condition I am almost ashamed (89). I love has his paw and sound blends beautifully with my Jd800. Guaranteed return in the 80's! sr although it is not absolutely versatile and some are still single categories between UNESCORecords destiny is a set.

The JX-8P is not perfect, but it's also what makes it charme.Si you have the chance to go see one for not too much Do not hesitate, even without his contr PG800 has their worth.

jupiler's review

By jupiler, 20/02/2007
.6 The 1985 synth-voice polyphony. 2 oscilloscope by voice, making a total of 12 oscilloscope.
Keyboard 61 notes, velocity and aftertouch sensitive.
Very good location south, for the time: IN / OUT / THRU.
Memory of 64 sounds, all editable! (Create your own sounds).


The general configuration is simple, sound editing is simple: on the keyboard you select the setting to edit, and you edit it with a fader, setting please? Go to the next parameter editing ...
I've never had a user manual, it is not necessary if you've played on analog and you know about the parameters that make up a sound (DCO, VCO, CUT OFF, RESONANCE, ATTACK, RELEASE, VCA ...)


The sounds are not realistic, but it is not what is asked. It is a perfect synth for modern electronic music, or even the environment. For being polyphonic, it allows the achievement of very beautiful tablecloths, large and warm.
The sound is the highlight of this synth: the Anloga hot and alive.


I've had four, five years.

What I love most: beautiful tablecloths that can be created with, and that it is MIDI, which allows the use of "old sounds" with the controls today.

What I like least: The fact that the publication by several faders simultaneously is only possible with the PG800 controller, optional.

I have many other analog synths, and I used very often in this JX8P.
Given its current argus (around 300 Euros), I think he redeemed without hésitation.Je worth over 1500 Euros to its release in 1985!
Synth Ideal for those seeking a real good synth for cheap (make sure the fader EDIT function properly, I saw several JX8P or it stopped working.
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Roland JX-8P tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Roland
  • Model:JX-8P
  • Category:Analog Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/08/2004

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