Synth Site: Roland: Juno JX-3P Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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LoHr a part-time user from usa writes:
ok heres an update to my previous post about simple modifications to the jx3p. i allready discussed in my previous post about the ability to modify the resonance.. its a very easy mod to do. ok NOW here is ANOTHER easy modification to do. if you have a jx3p and a pg-200 you will notice you cant use the midi and the pg-200 at the same time due to the switch located in between the midi ports and the pg-200 programmer port.. well.. NOW YOU CAN!!! all you have to do is remove the circuit board wich the midi ports are on, take a very small screw driver and pop the chrome metal cap off of the switch. remove the black plastic lever. so the only part of the switch remaining on the board is the 8 copper prongs from the circuit board to the small dark red base of the switch. you will see 2 strips of copper on the red base. each strip has 3 small slits in them the slits seperate the "midi", "protect", and "programmer" modes of the switch. all you have to do is fill in the little slits with solder so each copper strip is solid from left to right, not cut up into 3 sections. doing this allows simultanious useage of the midi and the pg-200 AT THE SAME TIME!! and ofcoarse it will allways be protecting the memory too.... there ya go, no more complaining about not being able to twist knobs with its being sequenced externally :) imma make a jx3p web page fairly soon giving various modification tips with step by step instructions WITH pictures.. for the less intelligent of you. by the way my jx is soo modified it barely even resembles a jx anymore HAHA. i modified the caseing to fit the internal guts of the pg-200 dirtectly into it so now the whole right top side of the synth has knobs and levers on it, it takes ALOT of work modifying the body to allow clearance for the programmer guts tho... goto: HTTP://WWW.HYBRIDREALM.COM/JX3P.HTML for some pix of my modified jx and upcoming modification instructions!!

posted Friday-Mar-21-2003 at 22:02
LoHr a part-time user from usa writes:
a stock JX3P is kinda plain sounding (especially the pre-sets), u can edit it without the pg-200 but its kinda annoying (no instant knob twist gratification) to make is sound OK semi-fat sounding, but i did a VERY easy modification to the high pass filter. when u open ur jx3p up youll see a couple circuit boards, the bottom one is the biggest thats where ull see 6 gold circular things with a little cross in each across the bottom of the board you will see written on the board near ech of them the word "resonance" alls u gotta do is take a phillips head screw driver and turn all of em clockwise while playing a note or 2 on the keyboard. you will hear the difference, it gets alot squeelyer, very mean.... across the top is some vca tune ones, unless ura technical god DONT TWEEK them ones!! i made the mistake of tweeking all the vca ones and now when i play up the scale on the keyboard the pitch dosnt get higher on each key as i progress up it. soem of em get lower some get higher.. hmmz, imma keep messin with it till i get it right again, but the resonance is AWESOME!! and no chance of messing it up!! i got three jx3p's to mess with 1 is for parts, 1 im keeping original and 1 ive been modifying. im currently building a whole new metal caseing for it making it about 2" taller than the original casing to fit the pg-200 programmer's guts right into the jx!! its werkin out sweet so far!! so if u wanna have a synth capable of some SCREAMING resonance for a fairly cheep price a jx3p will make u happy =)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-20-2003 at 14:22
Nick North a professional user from USA writes:
I’m one of the crusty original owners of this synth (yes, bought it new in early 1983). Used it heavily for both stage & studio until the DX7II caught my eye in 1988. Just now getting reacquainted with it as I find there is renewed interest in it as a vintage synth, and some hidden functions I didn’t know about.

I loved this synth, but I can’t give it a 5 because of its meager MIDI implementation, and because you can’t overwrite the presets. I disagree with many of the posts about the importance of the PG-200 - editing on this thing is just too easy to make that argument. And believe it or not, you *can* do real-time filter-sweeps without the programmer, you just can’t tweak multiple settings on-the-fly.

None of the presets are outright bad, but I’d sure like to tweak some and overwrite others. I have some wonderfully warm sounds stored in the C and D banks that my newer sample-playback synths can’t touch. Its simplicity lends it an aspect of musicality that really contrasts to the “work” needed to play today’s “workstation” synths in a band setting.

For those of you lusting for the hidden functions, go to this site: http://fa.utfs.org/diy/jx3p/jx3p.htm. I haven’t had the chance to try them myself, but this guy seems to know what he’s talking about.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-30-2003 at 10:02
howard a part-time user from usa writes:
I had this synth for about 4 years and I sold it. The sounds are ok but nothing to die for I think the main reason everyone likes it is that a few dance acts use it. I would not pay over $150 for this synth. I think now a days there are plenty other synths you can buy. If you are going to spend money on a used synth buy a juno 106 instead and you are not going to be Disapointed. and yes I had the pg-200 with it so the editing was not the reason I sold it. actually the only real good feature I really like about jx3p was the sequencer because you could triger it from a external (no not midi either)source and it would come out with some great results. I give it a 4 only for the sequencer.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-13-2002 at 15:54
teenwoolph a part-time user from USA writes:
Picked mine up for $50 with the the pg200 from a friend moving to sweden!!! It has a sound called Juicy Funk, that is reason enough to buy one. the pg 200 is fun to use for real time tweaking/recording. midi implementation? who cares this was rolands first and for it's period you can't beat it. The sound is fat and rich and even if you didn't like it the jx3 is a wicked controller. I thought i was going to choke when i walked in to guitar center to find the had cut one in half and had it hanging on a wall.

remember juicy funk...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-17-2002 at 01:58
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