Synth Site: Roland: JX-8P Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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oxtragon a hobbyist user from sweden writes:
wonderfully warm synthesizer. mighty tweakable if you own the programmer pg-800. suckie keyboard and loser presets (voices excluded ofcourse :) ). you could do worse and better than buy this synth. had one and then sold it, didn´t do it for me. there are a lot more interesting ones out there but at it´s price it´s a real bargain!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-25-2000 at 03:52
Alan Williams a part-time user from USA writes:
Anyone who judges the JX-8P on its presets is missing the point. Get the programmer and get to work! DCOs can be synced or crossmodulated. Astonishing rich timbres from a 2 osc unit. Can give very warm strings and hard bell sounds, scaled and unscaled. Moog basses are a breeze! Cheezy presets, but well-thought engine. Currently (1/2000) undervalued, IMO, but buyer beware. Not built for the long haul. Plastic endblocks are large and unsupported by the wooden baseboard where the circuits live. Aftertouch dies quickly on abused units because a drooping endblock severs the wiring for aftertouch that runs right to left under the keys. Endblocks get droopy because the controllers (volume, edit, PB, Mod) are mounted in it. Membrane switches are troopers. Middle child of the family between baby JX-3P and JX-10P. Comes into its own under the right hands. Classic early 80's synth. Ahead of its time and not built to survive. Shortcuts on durablility give it the 4. Electronically and soundwise she's a 5. Where's the 4.5 button for reviews? ;-)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-25-2000 at 02:58
Chris a part-time user from USA writes:
I am glad I decided to get this machine instead of a juno or an ax-60. I love it, well at least for what I am doing it is far more useful then the juno, and similiar synths. It seems to be the ideal keyboard if you are doing after hours (ya know ebtg and similiar stuff), trip hop and dark pop (there is a reason the cure use it.) Some stuff I noticed. My JX-8p must have the fix for the aftertouch, i have no problem with it. The keyboard is a bit thinner than the junos, but not everybody does dance oriented music who uses old keyboards. In fact sonically this keyboard is much more complicated, yet still easy to program. My friend who owns the juno sixty spent two minutes on it and was supper impressed. The lack of memory is not a huge problem, there is something wonderfull called system exclusive. My computer can hold a library of sounds and dump them into the keyboard when needed. It is cheap. Juno's are skyrocketing, these are not. They go for around 300, and are well worth every penny of it. Basically a great value, and a great keyboard. Yes it is heavy, but it is also versitile. I love it, it is a dream come true.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-22-2000 at 04:23
the.fatman a part-time user from Canada writes:
Just got one with a PG800 and both love and hate it. The keyboard is weighty compared to my AN1x, but I prefer it. The aftertouch blows. Limited memory, but a wide range of sounds can be coaxed out of it, even more so with the PG box.

It sounds a little thinner than my alpha juno, but more expressive due to the dual DCOs and modulation options. Envelopes are a little slow too, but not too bad.

Overall, it's a better synth than the juno and for a similar price. A synth for someone looking for more programmability than a single oscillator synth.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-14-2000 at 16:44
Joel Legris a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
After owning this synth for over a year now,I must say that it has a sweet sound unrivalled by many that I have heard.I am able to produce a myriad of bass sounds ranging from swanky pimp basses,DX-7 sounding basses,wobbly sub-basses that would loosen the tar in any speed garage junkies bowels, and even some incredibly accurate 303 and mini moogish type sounds. The piano and organ sounds that can be had are once again great, as I have been able to achieve very convincing rhodes pianos right down to the after touch response. Now I have noticed that the JX-8P has frequently been compared to the juno 106, why?, I ain't sure. I have heard both side by side, and yes the 106 sounds great but it's sonic possibilities seem extremely limited when compared to the JX. I am supposing that many people judge the JX by the presets alone, which is a shame because when you really dig into it and learn how to properly apply it's functions,a classic, in my opinion is revealed. If any one is interested in trading patches,contact me

posted Thursday-Dec-23-1999 at 15:36
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