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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Chris a professional user from Southampton. writes:
This was no budget synth. It was built up to a quality rather than down to a price. It is a vastly superior synth to those you have mentioned as an overall package. It is beautifully built, has a great keyboard, is ultra reliable and sounds truely amazing. It has all of the synth programming power you could want, is bi-timbral (yes, you can stack 2 sounds) and is 12 note polyphonic. It also has midi and is touch and aftertouch responsive. It is effectively 4 Juno 106s in a box with poly-cross mod and tons of other stuff. The midi spec lacks some features which allowed some criticism to set in and which, to everyones's amazement, allowed the synth to be overlooked by everyone but professional musicians. It suffers from a few problems. It requires the programmer to get the best out of it, though many come with one. It is not colourful like many lesser, but more expensive synths and it is very well behaved, thus giving it less character!!?? If you are serius about your music, then this is one for you. It is a gem to play and can still be used live with confidence. How many analogue synths could claim that as a fact?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-23-2004 at 10:31
Glen Stegner a professional user from USA writes:
While the Juno and JX lines were developed by different teams at Roland, I wouldn't say these two synth lines are totally different technology, the JX borrowed a lot of the technology from both the Junos and Jupiters, and packaged them into a more digital-style interface (just as with the Alpha Junos). The presets on the JX-10 tried too hard to imitate DX7-style piano and percussive stuff in an attempt to compete with it, so it doesn't sound as impressive from the get go. But tweak away, and you will find the familiar thick Roland analog sound in there. The chorus is a Roland legacy going all the way back to the Jupiter 4. Turn most of the JX-10's advanced features off, go down to 1 osc, and it will sound just like a Juno 106. The JX-10 did not originally come packaged with a PG-800 programmer, it only came with an M-16C cartridge so you could use the sequencer. The higher-memory M-64C for full storage of patches and tones you had to buy separately as well as the PG-800. So it's perfectly reasonable for eBayers to sell them separately. Anyway, what can I say, this is a great and powerful synth with the programmer - it's THE budget Elka Synthex, OB8, Memorymoog, Prophet 5, or Jupiter 8!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-11-2004 at 19:55
AudioLiquid a professional user from US writes:
Just to clear up something in these recent posts - the JX is totally unrelated to the Juno series! The JX-10 is basically two JX-8P's strapped together. These are true 2-osc synths while the Juno line is sinlge osc with a sub osc per voice. Totally different technology, totally different sounds. These two lines overlapped for most of their respective lifetimes. The JX line was considered the pro line while the Juno's were more budget oriented. Fortunately today both lines are hugely popular and supported by the masses, although often in different musical genres. Hope this helps!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-22-2004 at 16:40
Steve a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I just bought one for Christmas. This thing was VERY cheap and it sounds awesome. Having previously owned a SCI T8, Juno 60, Jupiter 6, Korg Polysix, Korg Mono/Poly, and Minimoog, this thing is awesome. The oscillators don't have that cheap Juno sound with the over driven chorus. They sound very organic and very expensive. Even though they are DCO's, I would put them up against many VCO synths for punch and smoothness (sans Oberheim). This is one beautiful synth and why they go for so cheap baffles me. You could not give me four Junos for this thing. The build quality is excellent and I expect it to last a long time. It also stays in tune: fancy that.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-20-2004 at 17:00
James Conway a professional user from US writes:
The Jx10 was used by serious users not record producing djs. People like George Michael, Stevie Wonder and Tony Banks. It's a myth that the 106's midi spec is complete. It isn't. It's just good for its time. Most JXs come with the programmerand cards. It's just that many sellers think they can get a much higher overall price by selling the stuff separately. The JX is basically 4 106 synths strapped together with loads more features. It can do all of the 106 stuff plus tons more. The keyboard and quality feel is way higher on the JX. Hell, why are we comparing? The JX was a professional unit at the high end of the market as some guys have said. The 106 was for home use.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-25-2004 at 02:09
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