Synth Site: Roland: JX-8P Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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electrogeek a part-time user from midwest writes:
This synth is, as said before, underrated. I'm doing fine without the pg-800 programmer, but I see how it would help out tremendously. They're(pg800) going for $200+ on Ebay. OUCH! The synth architecture is pretty standard with a few suprises like the highpass filter, crossmod & sync, as well as the DCO mixer. It's tough to get your head around the routing of the envelopes as I'm more used to dedicated ones but I guess it's flexible. The presets are really unfortunate(as you cannot write over them, grrrrr) although high strings, sync lead, stab brass, timbales and synth bass show the unit off well. The solo mode is very hot as it stacks up the voices making the JX a powerful mono synth. I've created some nasty overdrive guitar sounds in this mode and solo2 particularly works well with the portmento rolling. I'm also working on a multiple bass patch: the sound changes depending on velocity and area of the keyboard played. Electric jazz bass/plucked-hit bass/buzzy synth in low the end. See, I've always come up with the most interesting sounds by slightly misusing instruments. I say experiment! For example, using this synth's flaw (the aftertouch bug everyone talks about) I can add some bite to the sound by adding just a touch of brilliance with the aftertouch slider set to control that parameter. It's good, and I rarely use aftertouch the way it was meant anyway, just velocity. So don't pass this thing up just because of that issue, it's really minor IMHO. Anyway, the thing is built pretty well. I actually like the membrane switches b/c they don't double register--unlike my (very likeable) DW-8000! I'd recommend it to budget the conscious as well as techheads b/c with the programmer and better sonic palette, this thing may become the new retro-thing. Wish it had an arpeggiator.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-29-2002 at 15:29
Steve a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The JX-8P is far superior to the JX-3P. I got rid of my 3P simply because the 8P can do all the 3P can, and more!!! I also shorted out my board b/c there were 2 loose screws floating around in the synth, and after removing them, it still works fine!! The JX-8P is very well made and plays awesome. A true performance-oriented synth. I recommend that you get one, and the programmers available online work great too!!! I have had Junos, The D-series, The S-series samplers, a DX-7, an ESQ-1, and more, and honestly, this is the best and most flexible synth ever!!! I even prefer it over the Super JX!!! (The super JX is way too much thrown together on a board, I feel the JX-8P is just right).

posted Wednesday-Mar-20-2002 at 02:15
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obviously if you wanted an analog synth and were dissapointed with this you had no idea what you wanted. blame yourself, not the synth.

posted Tuesday-Feb-12-2002 at 18:19
janschorsch a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
well, I expected some better sort of synthesizer when buying this one. my first one was the yamaha cs-1x, and I wanted an analog one, but this one did not excite me at all. the brasses and pads are ok, and you can create some nice solo sounds with the jx8p. not too good: I still did not get into how making the jx8p understand my midi-interface, some of the sounds are really awful ('jet' for example), and the aftertouch-function does not make any real sense to me ... anyway, the roland's signal is quite strong and loud, so it's - as said before - very good for playing solos, and the strings are ok, too.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-12-2002 at 13:30
HiFiChild a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
Well, i'm on my third one - Traded my first JX8p for an MS-20 and replaced it with an MKS70. Sold the MKS70 a while back and missed it's sounds. I now have another Jx8p and I really love it.

Sure, it's not that complex or sonically capable, and it's noisy, but what it does, it does well. This is a whole heap of fun to program (with a PG-800 that is).

If you're new to synths, this is simple enough to get into, but just deep enough that you can find new things with it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-14-2001 at 16:01
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