The Roland JX-8P is a six-voice polyphonic synthesizer that came
out in 1985. It is a typical "hybrid" synth of that era,
featuring DCOs but VCFs and VCAs.
The sound is - like its relatives JX-10 and MKS-70, very "lush", classy and full.
The keyboard is dynamic and has aftertouch.
There are many editing parameters available, and also they typical Roland on-board chorus, and portamento.
Since the synth was built at a time when digital technology had exploded and all synths started looking like the DX7, the JX-8P has no knobs - but relies on multi-functions, buttons and a slider to edit the sounds.
The PG-800 programmer can be used to program the synth with a more traditional "analog style" interface.
The Roland JX-8P features full MIDI, and also accepts a cartridge to store 32 additional patches.
Factory patches I
|Audio demo||My comments|
|01 Piano 1||Beautiful, expressive electric piano of the 1980s, probably inspired by the popular DX7 E.PIANO sound|
|02 Piano 2||Great emulation of an acoustic piano|
|03 Piano 3||Gorgeous "ballad" electric piano, again in '80s / DX7 vein|
|04 Cello Sect||Very nice emulation of a cello section playing|
|05 ArcoString||Strings with a marked attack|
|06 Lo Strings||Marvelous, lush, elegant string ensemble, most representative (and probably best in my opinion) of the JX-8P / JX-10 / MKS-70 line of synths.|
|07 Hi Strings||Cool "moving" strings, in their upper registers|
|08 Voices||Wonderful, hypnotic syn vox sound, also very typical of the sonic signature of this line of synths.|
|09 Organ 1||A quite realistic Hammond|
|10 Organ 2||Cool sounding organ with percussion|
|11 Pipe Organ||Nice emulation|
|12 Timbales||Great programming of velocity, filter, envelopes to simulate the classic Latin percussion sound.|
|13 Music Box||Yep|
|14 WindChimes||Add reverb / delay, and you have a very cool effect.|
|15 E Bass||Great programming - it can sound like a vintage electric bass from the '60s / '70s.|
|16 Synth Bass||Classic Minimoog-style synth bass.|
|17 Soundtrack||One of the most famous presets on this synth - a gorgeous, evolving, quintessentially '80s string/synth pad.|
|18 Fat Fifth||The F A T sound of the JX|
|19 Res Bell||Great filters|
|20 WaveAura||Another classic JX sound, the "hollow" synth|
|21 Toms||Awesome programming and emulation of tom toms.|
|22 Clav||Accurate and funky emulation of the classic Hohner.|
|23 Res Lead||Expressive solo synth|
|24 SquareLead||Great solo sound utilizing square waveforms.|
|25 Sync Lead||The classic Prophet-5 sound|
|26 Poly Brass||Beautiful synth brass ensemble|
|27 Soft Brass||Yup|
|28 Stab Brass||Classic synth brass of the 1980s|
|29 Agogo Bell||Nice emulation|
|31 Bubbles||Cool sound FX|
|32 PsychMello||Weird but cool Sci-Fi FX|
Factory patches II
|Audio demo||My comments|
|Roland JX-8 specs|
|Year of release:||1985|
|Sound generation method:||analog|
|Preset memories||64 ROM + 32 RAM + 32 cassette|
|MIDI:||in, out, thru|
|Sound expansion capabilities:||no|
Freely available at Roland's website
|SITE||Type of resource||DESCRIPTION|
|Manufacturer site||home page|
Roland JX-8P review with audio demo - June 3, 2012