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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Martin from UK writes:
It's a great synth for sure! But has some annoying quirks, for example every time you switch it on by default it goes into OMNI and the only way you can turn OMNI off that I know of is by patching the midi out to the midi in and playing 6 notes! MIDI is another thing...no SYSEX and it's restricted to only midi note on/off and program change. The other thing is there is no portamento/legato if it had that then man this thing would be sweet! Dont be tricked by the PG-200, if you know how to work an analogue synth this is super easy to get round without the PG-200 and is much easyer to program than the awfull Alpha Juno which I also own. This synth uses the same filter chip as the Juno 6 and 60 but that doesnt mean it sounds like one...albeit very good. It has a lighter slightly brighter sound than the Junos, a very nice sound that compliments the Juno. I have to agree that what it does well and it's key is pads and strings, bass not so much but it can do it if you want it to. Having 2 oscilators is ace and you can get some lovely rich detuned osc type sounds. Like most old roland's or synths of that time this sounds great without any FX and cuts well into the mix, add some FX and thats the icing on the cake.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-08-2009 at 11:40
Mike the Mender a professional user from UK writes:
A very good synth. Packed with features and well built. Like all JX synths, it works better with the programmer. However, it's not that bad working with the slider. The screen printing helps a lot. It has a fun sequencer. Some have midi thru. The chorus chip is now unavailable and this part does go wrong. Slider caps go missing as well. The sound can out phat a juno and it has 2 osc. which can be cross-modded and de-tuned. Great value. They tend to cost more if supplied with the programmer. A good looking synth. Reliable.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-26-2008 at 12:57
hbe a professional user from US writes:
I've had the jx-3p for a year now and finally got the pg200 to go with it...it made a serious difference for me. Even though the slider interface is not too bad, there's something wonderful about having all the knobs sitting there in front of you. I've used it way more in the few days since I've had the PG200 than I did in the previous year it's just been sitting there.

This synth is great, and it has a great sound. It's seriously underrated. Ignore the people who say you can't get good bass out of this synth, you definitely can. It might not totally overwhelm your speakers, but it will sit great in a mix. I've also used the sequencer to get some dead-on 303 sounds (minus the famous slide parameter), I'm amazed at how much the jx sounds like it. Plus with 2 oscs you can do things that the 303 (or the junos) can only dream about doing. I've even gotten some semi-decent analog drum sounds out of the thing, altho that's definitely not it's strongest suit. It's a shame it doesn't have PWM, as that would make the pulse wave a little more useful. But you can get close to that by turning the sync on.

I've also read about a mod to basically give midi control to all the parameters as well as be able to use the PG200 along with the midi input - I will probably get that soon. Grab one of these babies while they are a bargin because it won't be long until the prices go up...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-28-2007 at 16:02
William Wall a professional user from USA writes:
This is a low cost, easy to edit analog synth. I got mine with the PG-200 programmer, but sold it when I realized how easy it was to edit without it. The programmer sells for more than the synth does... I don't get it!?! I paid $100 for mine, and sold the programmer for $300... and I still make great sounding patches just as easy as before. About the sound... don't expect great basses. The best I could do for basses are punchy but thin. Great for pads though. I have been able to get some very NIN sounding leads out of it... Overall, great synth for the money. Just don't waste your money on the programmer. Cheers!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-23-2007 at 03:35
Darryl Peroni a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
An all-round beautiful piece of kit. My first real keyboard/synth which kept me entertained for years and years. The presents were on the whole pretty good (one or two iffy ones) but at least they were a good starting point for creating your own sounds.

The external control box wasn't necessary - I used to manually write down all of my patches and load up different sounds by referring to my 'patch bible'.

The sounds are 80's ... not a bad thing in anyone's books and you can get glorious sounds via a little bit of external processing (I patched mine through a Roland DEP-5) ... I loved this keyboard more than my Juno-106 and still miss it heaps.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-26-2006 at 08:19
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