At the back of the album cover of the Rendez-vous album by Jean-Michel Jarre is a list of used instruments. In short: Seiko DS 250, Synthex, Moog, Roland JX 8P, ARP 2600, Fairlight, Emulator II, Eminent, AKS, Lynn 9000, Memory Moog, Drumulator, Laser Harp, RMI, Seiko DS 320, OBX, DX 100, Matrisequencer, TR 808, Prophet, Casio CZ 5000, Baby Korg personal keyboard.more
«The JX-8P, this baby I use for pads, chords and so on. It’s a totally analogue machine (apart from the control section) and it’s the last fully analogue Roland machine if I recall correctly. It was used extensively by the UK pop band Duran Duran back in the 80s. It’s polyphonic with 8 voices. I used this to play all the synths and chords on my new album»more
The Roland JX-8P is a classic vintage synthesizer. Manufactured between 1984-85, it was Roland's early hybrid digital/analog synth with analog (digitally controlled) oscillators, analog filter, software envelopes and the classic Roland chorus. It was made famous by many bands of the 80s, and prominent in several songs - eg the lead brass synth in Europe's "Final Countdown" (doubled with a Yamaha DX-7). The JX-8P has a flexible synth engine with 2 DCOs, 2 Envelopes, Cross Modulation/Osc sync and LFO modulation options. It unfortunately lacks PWM and the envelopes are not the snappiest. That said, it makes the most stunning warm, evolving analog pads of any synth I know, when using the chorus. Nothing else comes as close for lush chorused strings and pads.