Synth Site: Roland: Juno JX-3P Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Chris L a professional user from London, England writes:
A good work horse synth. Nowhere near as good as a JX8, but every bit as good as a Juno. The design is intelligent and quite well organised. Even without the programmer this synth is easy and fun to program. It looks good too. The sync sounds are distinctive. The sequencer is easy to use but clearly of limited use. A great deal if you can buy one for reasonable money. I am a little confused by some of the criticism here. For £180 you don't get a velocity sensitive, full midi, twin osc, analogue polysynth. No, you get an unreliable, limited, duffed up mono synth. Keep things in perspective please. The moaners are the type of people who pay £1500 for a minimoog and then, after a week or two, still say that they are pleased with their purchase. Avoid following the heard. There are great synth bargains out there to be had. The Roland JX range of synths are perfect examples. This board is complex and well specified for what you pay.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-26-2002 at 06:55
Clay Kohl a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The Roland JX-3P is a very underestmated synth that I have recorded with and played many shows with. The PG-200 is a must i think, because of the real time capabilities. I run it through a Behrenger Virtualizer Pro for some great results. Try the electric keyboard 1 w/ lot's of reverb and experience a great spacey tone, then tweak the Osc. 1 and look out!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-25-2002 at 13:16
sebti a professional user from france writes:
Is somebody know that you can create some monstered basses with a jx3p? You can do this while using the no-sync between the osc2 and the osc1. It's doing a very phated dirty bass sound. Playing it with the pitch-bend make sounding it like tb 303.Try this and you will be suprised on what this cheap thing can give.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-12-2002 at 16:48
Adam a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Just got my JX3P for $50 plus my Yamaha PSR 180 keyboard. This is my first analog (no I don't have the PG 200 controller) and it's missing an end panel and is a little fucked up electronically; but I'm working on it. The motherboard and panel circuit boards are laid out very well (haven't fucked with the 1/2 dozen or so pots yet) with labeling as to what is what so it's easy to fix. A little time with a soldering iron goes a long way. As for sounds, this thing sounds really good especially with the chorus on. Editing is really easy as you just press Group A or B, press the number corresponding to the parameter you want to edit, and move the slider til you get what you want. Hint, LOOK AT THE DIAGRAM; there is a number next to EVERY 'knob' That number is called up by using the same buttons you use to play the presets. Group B knobs are indicated with red lettering; Group A is white. It will be interesting to perform a 'tape back-up'. I give it five out of five for shit low price, good sounds, ease of repair, being an analog synth; and last, actually having MIDI in the first place on such a low-cost board in 1983. If you recall, MIDI came out in 1983. Yes I know the implementation sucks but most analogs weren't velocity sensitive to begin with. It just isn't one of their characteristics. Was the Hammond B3 velocity sensitive? Nup.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-02-2002 at 13:17
MuseSlave a professional user from twin cities, USA writes:
Look, if you're looking for midi implementation, get a software synth, you don't want cheap analog.

The Jx-3p is a blast! I remember playing one in a music store when I was young... and FINALLY, I just bought one. My first synth was a Juno-106, and according to the recordings I still possess of it, the Jx-3p sounds very similar, EXCEPT, the Jx really does sound fatter. It's all subjective, but still! The Juno-106 has your PRECIOUS MIDI IMPLEMENTATION, and more controller options, but it also only has one DCO.

I got the PG-200 with mine, and I can see that it's a little easier to program with it, but yeah... if I didn't have it, it's not like it would make it difficult or impossible to program.

It definitely has it's own sound. If you're looking to create accurate acoustic sounds, stop looking at analog synths. However, if you're looking for interesting analog sounds, the Jx has them. The presets are NOT stupid, unless you have a limited viewpoint of what synthesizers are and what they're for.

The ONLY things I wish the Jx did are: 1. portamento 2. I wish the PG-200 could be used to alter one function at a time with a preset, instead of the synth immediately just playing what the PG is set to when you activate it.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-14-2002 at 23:50
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