In a SoundOnSound article from Nov 2006, The Future Sound of London talk about the creation of their song "Papua New Guinea". Garry Cobain talks about the melodies in the track, and mentions using the Roland JX-3P Synthesizer: ""'Papua New Guinea' is a very good example of the way we were working back then," says Cobain. "When you look at that track, the melodic sensibility of it was mine. I wrote, sequenced and played the JX3P top-line synth part live, I did the same for the strings — a one-note pad in the sampler, triggered from the 1040, with each of the chords being three notes worked out and played — and an engineer we were working with also gave me this one-note harp sample, that, basically, could go from C-0 to G-8 right across the keyboard" The original article can be read [here](http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/nov06/articles/classictracks_1106.htm).more
I’ve owned so many Roland synths, I’ve lost count. But this JX-3P, which came out in 1983, has stuck around the longest. Obviously, you have to get the PG-200 controller, but between its Juno-60-like analogue strings and brass, and its funkier Juno-106 bass flavour, it really is, in my humble opinion, the most underrated gem of the 80s Roland polysynth family.more
still very much underrated, for me the jx-3p is one of the nicest affordable analog synths for creating spaced out pad and string sounds. it sounds a lot "cleaner" than e.g. a juno-60 or korg polysix but still organic and vital. the two DCOs are very stable compared with the VCOs of the JUNO, the filter is not as aggressive and dirty as that of a juno or jupiter - so the synth is always a bit more controlled and precise. though it sounds cleaner, you can still do a lot of hypnotic stuff by detuning the oscillators. a perfect machine for warm glowing aphex twin-ish ambient pads.
another big plus is the easy to use built-in step sequencer, so it works great with the usual tr-606/808 setup.
the additional PG-200 controller ist strongly recommended, this gives you direct access to all parameters.
This was my first synth. I saved up all summer doing work to be able to spring enough cash for the $1,200 to get it. Decent synth, and much better with a dedicated programmer.
Despite its shortcomings in the vintage synth market, this piece of music history is nothing but amazing analog. Its like having an even more powerful juno despite not being able to program it without the pg 200. Fat basses, smooth pads and sharp electrical leads. It really can do it all. Lack of an arpeggiator is a disappointment but for everything else this synth can do, its a fine loss. Ignore the reviews of juno only players, having heard both the jx and the juno 106 side by side they both have their own pros and cons (a juno 60 sounds better than both of them however), but the jx seems to sound more present. The juno uses chorus to pump up its sound but the jx's second oscillator per voice really thickens up the sound in all the best ways. One thing great about it as well is it has no reliability issues if treated right. Great synth overall for many types of sounds. Worth it to get the kiwi upgrade as the midi implementation is awful, which is one solid reason you don't see this synth in many modern studios.
Played for a while, a real good machine. It features a couple of good preset analog sounds like organs a beautiful EP and a lot of synth sounds
Good filters and does more than the box tells it to. Has that nice Roland sound of the eighties. I use it often for arps as it has a sequencer with a trigger-input, but it works just as well for organ, brass and sometimes bass-patches.