As the camera fades in on 7 Skies' studio, one can see the JP-8000 on the bottom-left of the shot. At 16:58 in particular, he says of his JP-8000 and Juno, "these are like, holy grail of synthesis of electronic music, um... each synth here has, y'know, shaped some kind of genre in EDM. We have this blue one here, which is the JP-8000, and the JP-8000 became famous in the... 98 or early 2000. And it was, y'know, it had this thing, this waveform, which was called supersaw... [which] shaped trance music. So, yeah, basically, all the early trance from like 2000s... those were done thanks to that synthesizer. It had that really rich and big saw sound, really detuned saw sound. Still pretty good, I still use it."more
In this video with *FACTMagazine*, at 0:10 you can see the JP-8000 synthesizer by Roland. Alix says "I rely a lot obviously on hardware a lot of synthesizers, I use a lot of the [Virus](http://equipboard.com/items/access-virus-ti2-polar-synthesizer), I got a little [phatty](http://equipboard.com/items/moog-sub-phatty-25-key-analog-synthesizer) there, JP-8000, [Juno-106](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-juno-106-synthesizer), [SH-101](http://equipboard.com/items/roland-sh-101-synthesizer), [MicroKORG](http://equipboard.com/items/korg-microkorg-synthesizer-vocoder), I like to record a lot of my own sounds.”more
William Orbit (about the gear he used for the recording session of Madonna's Ray of Light album) : “How did I know you would ask me that? Oh, it’s all in a pile there if you wanna look at it . It’s not a ton of gear. Most of it is pretty retro; a Korg MS-20, a [Roland] Juno-106, a [Roland] JD-800. Much of the album was done on a Juno-106. You can get so much out of that synth. Also a significant amount of it was done on the MS-20 – the more spiky sounds. A few things that people think are guitar are actually the MS-20. And then there were a few more bits and pieces: a few modules, a Yamaha DX7, a Novation Bass Statlon, a [Roland] JP-8000, a lot of Roland stuff. I’ve always liked Roland stuff. ”more
In terms of keyboards, Vrenna notes, “I just like big, shiny keyboards with lots of lights. My sampler is still an E-mu: the E4 Ultra. I still use it every day of my life. They discontinued them because they've gone software, as well with the new E-mu X Series, so I've been picking up used E-mu's out of the Recycler and eBay and building a couple more hardware samplers just so I have them.” His arsenal also includes a Waldorf Microwave XT, Kurzweil K2000/R, Roland V Synths, an old Virus updated “as far as it will go,” a Nord Lead 2, Alesis Andromeda A6 and “a good old trusty JP8000.”more
elease date: 1997 Type: Digital analog modeling synthesizer About: The Roland JP-8000 was released in early 1997 to compete with the other analog modeling synthesizers of the period such as the Access Virus, Clavia Nord Lead the Korg MS2000B and the Yamaha AN1x. These were the early Virtual Analog Synthesizers (VA synths) that were released in the mid to late 1990's. While the functionality, sound, and architecture of the JP-8000 differs from these other synthesizers, it shared the same purpose of recreating the unique sound and functionality of classic analog synths. The JP-8000 was viewed at the time as the modern incarnation of the classic Roland Jupiter-8, from 1981. It sought to reproduce the warm tonalities and sheer analog power of its older, bigger brother, of course with a modern slant, adding all kinds of features, from motion control, to RPS, to the fabled Super Saw oscillators and old-school controllers such as an arpeggiator and an assingable touch response ribbon control. (Source: Wikipedia) Liam's comment: "I really like it. The analogue gear sometimes gets broken on the road; this new stuff is so much more robust. I do like the 8000, especially with the effects; you can just make it really big".more
I bought my JP-8000 with my first official paycheck back in 2008. The sound of the JP's Supersaw is no less than legendary--it shaped trance as we know it today and is still powerful enough for modern productions! I wouldn't trade it for anything!
One of the most beautiful synths ever made. This is a great sounding synth with a lot of sliders and knobs to mess with the sound on the fly. It's digital. Today, software synths offer more and are easier to handle when producing on a powerful computer. also, the JP 8000 is not the only synth with Super Saw anymore. So I do not use it as often. Maybe I take it on stage, one day...
The JP-8000 is the subtractive performance digital synth in all its glory. All controls at the hands reach, with a fat and luxurious sound. It´s a bass, lead and pad synth - and it excels in all these three fields. Although it has a plastic (purple!!!) case, the JP-8000 is robust. But be prepared to clean periodically (say every 2 years) the faders and knobs - they tend to get dirty and make the JP behavor at his own will. Overall, a great and powerful digital synth.
I've used this particular synth in many of my compositions. Powerful leads, rich pads with stereo game and ribbon controller! Very important to play it with his keyboard. Sound changes completely when connected to another keyboard or computer. In fact I always play it free and record directly to my Logic Pro.