Synth Site: Roland: JX-8P Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Shannon Routley a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
The JX has a sound that is quite unlike what I've heard from the rest of the Roland family.

It sounds like an analog at the dawn of the digital age (probably due to it'd

digitally controlled DCOs). I bought mine off some guy who had to pawn off his JX

and VCR, I paid $300 dollars for his pawn ticket. He decided to keep the VCR and

I took the JX (with the PG-800 programmer) Practically a steal... There's a lot of interesting equipement

out there but it's so bloody expensive. It's one of my favorite pieces of gear

as it's so reliable and never talks back (error messages). The first to go will probably be my MC-303

... one of Rolands new boxes. I need to be able to shape my sounds... The JX does this well.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:07
Rane a part time user from USA writes:
Well, the first keyboard I ever purchased with a JX-8P, and I don't regret it a bit. Despite the fact all parameters are accessed through one assignable "edit" slider, I took to the JX like a fish learning to swim. The sound covers a good range, from low punchy bases to a convincing electric organ. The aftertouch problem is easily fixable, (replacing a contact strip - $25 from Roland) but I don't think I'll attempt it for a while longer. The MIDI implementation is easy to learn, and I think this keyboard is perfect for the first-time buyer. Some extra user presets would be nice, but a free JX-8P interface program can save the patches anyway. (FIND THAT PROGRAM if you buy the JX without the PG-800 controller...it will save you a lot of time and trouble) I got mine in near-mint condition, and it looks like it will stay that way...it's VERY durable. I highly recommend this well made hybrid.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:07
car81mob a professional user from usa writes:
the jx8p an excellent hybrid snyth. its sounds great, thick leads, atmospheric pads, etc. plus, you have the convenices of dco's, and most importantly, midi. and i think the jx8p is extremely easy to program. i dont even have a pg-800. i dont know why everyone seeems to believe that a jx8p is useless without a pg-800 programmer. i have been very effective and effienct in programming the jx8p without the pg-800. its cake compared to something like the korg phophecy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:07
Roy a part time user from Canada writes:
I find the JX-8P to be a useful synth. It has a nice bright sound, good MIDI implementation and easy to program with the PG-800. The keyboard is good...too bad about the aftertouch glitch...requiring you to practically break the keys to get effect. The modulation is so-so, only one LFO able to modulate DCOs, VCF, VCA and the ENVs can modulate the DCOs and the VCF. This limits the ability to create really interesting analog sounds unlike on an ESQ-1 or Oberheim synths. The Chorus effect fattens sounds up considerably but is a bit on the dirty side. The Unison and Solo modes are handy, especially with Portamento. All in all, a very clean, warm sound. If you can get one with the programmer, it is a better buy than the 106, which I think is an overrated piece of junk. Add to that, Roland relability, and you've got a good synth. An MKS-70 or JX-10 would be an even better buy with bi-timbrality and 12 OSCs. It's predecessor, the JX-3P, is almost as good, but only has one ENV and no velocity or aftertouch. Make sure to get one with the PG-800 programmer!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:07
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