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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Badge a part-time user from Australia writes:
After hunting around for a good analogue synth for a fair while I ended up netting my JX-8P and am very happy with it! Has a beautiful rich bass and some of the freshest oldschool sounds. This unit is just what I was after for my electro funk basslines and pitch-warping synth notes, a great machine all round.. though non-80s-enthusiasts might not get as much out of it. thanks

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-15-2007 at 07:22
Harry a professional user from Netherlands writes:
22 years ago it was my dreamsynth, but I couldn't afford it.

Got one today in nearly mind condition for 180 euro. Played with it a whole day. WOW.... this baby kills all my 'analog' softsynths.

Its a Jupiter without sliders and knobs!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-20-2007 at 15:04
Nik_Tripper from Greece writes:
when i baught Jx-8p i thought that it is only for pads-stings ang brasses-leads.... But this was only for the first 3 days.....when i learned to use it i made some basses that can kill you!!! i made o juno-like bass that is extremley same as the juno!!! Also a minimoog-like bass that believe me wanderfull!!!! I am in love with it ..and all these via a software control editor!!!! I'd like to have tha PG800 programmer so if anyone sell it!!

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-04-2006 at 09:17
a.sinclair a professional user from scotland writes:
Ive had a jx8p since they first came out in the eighties. I use it to drive other sound modules although use its own lush string sounds in the live mix. Build standard is exellent [the thing has never broke down once although Ive done a few minor repairs over the years].The keyboard action is great. The pads though over the years have kinda worn although still work. I got the chance of another one on ebay for 225 bucks an bought it..say no more

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-15-2006 at 06:37
Al a part-time user from London, UK writes:
A real winner!

I knew that they'd been well thought of by the likes of Numan (who bought no fewer than five for a tour in 1985 when they came out!), Martyn Ware (of Heaven 17) et al and their recommendation is good enough for me.

It has a beefy presence and a great amount of character. There are only two ways it could be even better: if the knobs and switches of the PG-800 (now quite rare and very sort after) were integrated into it like a Juno 106 or Juno 60 and possibly multi-timbrality. Sometimes I've had exactly the right mood on a song with the JX's fantastic string sounds and then wished I could run a cracking JX bassline underneath but it's a product of the early MIDI era and these things weren't that far up the scale then (except for the likes of Yamaha possibly...).

That said, it's a belter. The velocity sensitive keyboard makes it well useful as a master keyboard and local control - the ability to disconnect the synthesis engine from the keys - is useful if you're playing stuff on other channels, modules etc.

It's also built like a tank and has plenty of sparkle for live use. The string sounds are typically Roland analogue and once you start using them (like the bass sounds), you'll wonder why you ever bothered with any other.

There's loads of scope too for programming. As I was unable to afford a new mortgage to buy a PG-800, I was advised to buy a Philip Rees C16 control box which has two programs dedicated to the JX for lots of instant tweaking gratification.

If Roland ever decided to develop a mark two of this, multi-timbrality and lots of switches etc (a bit like a JD8000 or JD800 maybe) would make it a real world-beater.

If you see one of these, buy it. No danger of buying a turkey as this one flies like a bird!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-17-2005 at 10:42
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