Synth Site: Roland: JX-8P Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Dean Nye a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The JX8P is my first Roland synth, and so far it hasn't let me down. Since I don't have the programmer, I just use the software equivalent (available for free) at http://members.tripod.com/adm/popup/roadmap.shtml? 944806779810. I know, it's a long URL but it's worth it. My JX8P works especially well with my vocoder- I found the poly brass setting to work best. It's also capable of some decent TB303 emulation. And compared to the inflated prices of Juno 106s, the JX8P is a bargain- mine only cost $200! True, the aftertouch is very hard to use, and it has no sequencer, but the sounds more than make up for it, and you can download sounds from the net for it via sysex. If you find one for less than $350, buy it! You'll be glad you did.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-10-1999 at 01:46
Freshie a hobbyist user from Kanada writes:
The JX-8P isn't the most versatile synth, but it is capable of extremely lucious pads and some great leads. The basses aren't very hard, but you can get some funky ones out of the machine, and the velocity adds another dimention to each of the sounds. The aftertouch is horrible and completely useless. I have the PG-800 Programmer, but after looking over the front panel it doesn't seem like it would be too difficult to program sounds without one. If you feel the need to twiddle with some filer cutoff or resonance you can call it up in edit mode and use the edit slider for real-time tweaking action. It's fine as a master keyboard and the keys feel quite nice. I use it mainly for house-pads and MiniMoog-esque leads. No worse than a Juno-106 (except maybe for bass) and actually much better for some types of sounds.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-09-1999 at 14:44
Chigs a part-time user from UK writes:
There is a software alternative to the PG-800 programmer somewhere on the WWW, and it works just fine from a PC through MIDI.

posted Thursday-Dec-09-1999 at 11:29
nubey a professional user from usa writes:
An alpha juno better than a 106, you're from another planet me thinks. The jx8p are really nice though they're in line with a 106, probably better too. But the alpha juno's are-- well awful, I prefer my korg ex8000 to an alpha juno, sure they look cool but they sound like shite.

My 2 cents, Nubey

posted Tuesday-Oct-26-1999 at 10:52
dUFF(luciano) gONZALEZ a professional user from sAVIANO(nA)iTALY writes:
jx-8p,juno2,juno106:3 famous and great DCO based synths with different prices.106 is the most expensive,juno2 the medium and jx8p the lowest. Do you want to know the order in quality? jx8p the first, juno2 the second, juno106 the third. Yes, the only bonus of the 106 are the sliders but it's very limitate in sound generating power. Juno2 has a very personal "sound" jx8p is the more powerful and versatil

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-21-1999 at 17:26
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