Synth Site: Roland: JX-8P Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Michael Godfrey a professional user from us writes:
I had a JX8P. It was noisy as hell. You'd practically need a noise gate to play it.

When the chorus was flipped on, it amplified the hissing, making it pan / oscillate from left to right. It was really annoying.

I sold the JX8P, kept the PG-800, and got an MKS-70.

I was very happy then.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-16-2000 at 18:12
Dimension X a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I cant help but to notice that on the review displayed on the jx8p page, it says there isnt pulse width modulation, boy are you wrong. the jx3p has pulse width modulation and the 8p pretty much has everything the 3p has INCLUDING pwm. I love this synth....for some reason doesnt sound quite as bassy as the 3p but oh well...it still sounds good. I love it, i have both p's and my 8p happens to be the top synth on my 3 keyboard stand...very fun to play and such....HOWEVER the 3p i noticed has the metallic modulation which i think sounds good, great for them penetrating strings and meditative pads. But thats okay thats why i have both...i cant expect a synth to have everything.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-09-2000 at 16:05
Zurc a part-time user from USA writes:
A very nice Synth for the money. From reading the past post, the Juno 106 was mentioned. I'm not sure exactly why. The two synths sound completly different. I don't own the PG-800 programmer though so its interface sucks. However, I created a Studioware panel for Cakewalk that controls most of its parameters. I tried to resemble its appearance from the PG-800 device and it works well recording all messages in the sequencer. The sounds are very warm, jsut hear the bass synth preset or strings and you can tell. Just as most have said, this synth has very poor presets. But I haven't met anyone who bought a synth for its presets. I advise new JX-8P buyers to download some of the patches from the net. They are good to use to inspire new sounds. What sold me on this synth was its sounds, not the price tag. I would n't recommend buying it for a first synth. But, since I have other synths, buying it, complemented my setup very well. I may have paid a little more than others here ($280) have written, but have never regretted its purchase. Some things I can do without, for one, it has a problem with notes sticking every once in a while. I'm forced to use my jx-305 as a master. Second, it takes 12 seconds for the synth to become playable. LAstly the aftertouch, does not respond. I saw the posts on how to fix it, but Just use another keyboard as a master, it responds perfectly. Other than thee issues, its great. It has a strong midi implementation for its age, so I assume people will start to cath on, and might see this as an alternative to those overpriced synths on ebay..etc.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-12-2000 at 02:45
Mr. program a hobbyist user writes:
this synth is beautiful sounding,structure the only reason the jx8p doesnt go well with the used market is because peeps these days dont take the time to (Think) program. yes it takes some time to program so if your into a hurry buy the pg-800 in which really is not needed,rush rush hurry hurry.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-29-2000 at 00:25
Andrey A. KolomyTZev a part-time user from Russia writes:
Really nice analog stuff, I found this synth in Dec'99 (second-hand, in not very good condition), with no manual. Once I had JX-3P, the sound of '8' seems to be of the same nature but more powerful and warm. Instead of listening to 'voices of God' I use it to produce expermental sounds changing parameters with SysEx from a sequencer. Parameter slider might be more accurate, and the aftertouch... but what do you want from $200 used instrument? I wanted much less than really got out of it. I'd like to thank Marc Schreier for his wonderful PC-JX8P editor program, and Dean Nye for scanned manual pages.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-29-2000 at 06:12
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