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Average rating: 3.3 out of 5
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John a part-time user from Netherlands writes:
Bought it cheap, long ago, just because of the nice distorted sax sound. Then found out that the organ is very useable, strings + brass too, so used it at gigs, also much as controller for a secondary sound in my main synth. Its major pro is that it has audio input plugs so I can deliver a joint stereo signal through my volume pedal to the DIs.

Now it is not reliable anymore - has given garbage or nothing a few times. And I cannot find any other easy-to-use light weight synth that supports audio inputs for pass-through - a pity that I cannot query the specs database of the 'synths site'.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-01-2009 at 17:27
Maggie may a part-time user from N.B.canada writes:
I Play My Jx1 to play with a few different bands and I love it. I think you have to be over 40 to love this synth.The simplicity is what I like. And the layering, I love. It certainly doesnt replace my upright piano but it is great on the road. The only thing I really hate is the fact that you cant split the keyboard. I think that could be solved by getting another one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-08-2008 at 19:39
bass-players-use-lower-licks a part-time user from usa writes:
I don't know why you guys are slamming this thing.

Yeah, I would never consider buying it new, but hey, I snagged it for 30usd and only needed to go sifting through the junk drawers to find a 12vac wall wart.

At first, I was thinking that the owner had purposely "lost" it, cause the KB was toast;-) NOPE!

It fired right up and is whisper quiet.

I play bass and drums, so this will just sit in the practice hall in case a KBP stops by.

The FX are true stereo too, not just paralelled mono L/R jacks. I run it into a couple channels on the desk.

As previously mentioned, it is what it is and doesn't pretend to be anything it's not. Straight forward for quick changes on the move.

Sometimes you just want to put around town in a little puddle jumper and don't need a limo.

Cheers people!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-03-2007 at 03:57
Mike the mender. a professional user writes:
This is a very poor and cheap synth. The built is unusually weak for Roland. The editing is very simple and the sounds are plastic and dated in a bad way. If you need a cheap set of keys there are much better units about for less money. The Korg X5 and Roland's own JV 30 and 35 come to mind. This synth's looks are a bit odd and may appeal to the odd. I think it resembles some awful Bontempi offering from the mid 80s. The key action is poor and the keys themselves are weak and break off easily. The switch gear goes gammy and is quite expensive to replace. The Roland chips are also difficult and expensive to replace. I've currently got one belonging to a family member that needs sorting. Ordinarily I would pass it back not worth doing. When you dismantle one the construction is so naff that bits go wrong and tabs snap off and all types of trouble kicks off. It is just a terrible synth and wouldn't want one if it were given to me. The midi is simple and typical of a cheap synth of its time.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-12-2005 at 10:36
Dj Robin a hobbyist user from the Netherlands writes:
I use this synth as a master keyboard, just a few sounds a usable in todays music. You can also use it for controlling sampler software like SoundForge. A disadvantage is that the damn machine goes into local On automatically each time it's switched on and off again, well here the bulk for switching into local Off: F0 B0 7A 00 F7 (just copy and paste into your software sequencer) Have fun. It's still a Roland :)

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-08-2003 at 15:45
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