Roland JP-8000 Synthesizer
The JP-8000 Music Synthesizer has been designed using a first-of-its-kind Roland Analog modeling sound source, combining the fat, powerful sounds associated with vintage analog synths with the flexibility of digital technology and MIDI.
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The legendary trance machine!
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!
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True Samurai with surgeon katana!
I really love this synth! It sounds so powerful, smooth and alive even compare it to the new JD-XA, System-8, which seemed to me a bit sterile, unnatural, even borring (for that price!!). JP-8000 can sounds gently crystal clear and transparent, drivy and aggressive... This machine not only for the Trance guys and girls! Pop, jazz, fusion, rock, hip-hop... It can produce anything else - sweet power mono leads of 70s, warm pads and groovy chords of the 70s, 80s, 90s, deep-deep basses (be careful with your windows)), cosmic sound fx of early 70s, some nice percussive, pluck and FM-like and sweet nostalgic 8bit chip sounds too. If you are familiar with sound programming you can make just any type of the sounds. More than this, its a super MIDI-controller - so many knobs and faders. Great sound, build quality, ergonomic and cool design (for me). So many legendary and famous bands, musicians used and uses the JP-8000 even today. Plus its a true samurai - "Made in Japan" =)
I love supersaw. Ahhhhh, what a beautiful sound. There's really not much else a person could need, if one could just have a soothing supersaw pad following them around all the time. Life might be less stressful that way, but it does get a bit boring after a while. Unfortunately for the JP8000, once you try to start exploring uncharted sonic territory with this one, you start to realize that its designers really built up the entire thing around the idea of supersaw, leaving a lot to be desired in the other oscillator shapes. For instance, when the "feedback" wave is selected, it forces you into monophonic mode. I'm not sure why, because this is a digital instrument, so it shouldn't add too much to the overall cost to enable polyphony here. But I don't know anything about that, so maybe I should keep my mouth shut. When you push the LFO into fast modulations, it tends to get glitchy and unmusical. Kind of a buzzkill when you have other options like Yamaha AN1x or Alesis Ion which are similar to JP8000, just better. It's a great sounding instrument that I just couldn't hold on to for its lack of
edited over 5 years ago
Sounds great, but I don't use it very often anymore
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...
I got one for cheap when they were at closeout. I traded it for an SH-2 and never regretted it. It has supersaw if you're into that sort of thing. I'm not ripping if you are, I'm just not.
Are these vintage now? They have lot's of problems nowadays I hear. Be careful out there.
The purple beast
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.
The 8080 is the enhanced desktop module version of the JP-8000 keyboard. Released roughly a year after the launch of the JP-8000, the 8080 had the same synthesis engine as it's keyboarded sibling, but added 2 extra notes of polyphony, more patch storage capacity, SmartMedia card support, the ability to process external audio and a vocoder, among other functionality enhancements.