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
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 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
Just watch the Tangerine Dream - 35th Phaedra Anniversary Concert In London At Shepherds Bush Empire and the concert in Tempodrom. Berlin, Germany. 2006. These both concerts shows it clearly. Edgar Froese (RIP), his son Jerome and Thorsten Quaeschning uses Roland JP-8000. Also the London Eye Concert 2008 with Tangerine dream. Here this synthesizer is located under the Manikin Memotron on the right side of the Edgar`s keyboards.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](https://equipboard.com/items/access-virus-ti2-polar-synthesizer), I got a little [phatty](https://equipboard.com/items/moog-sub-phatty-25-key-analog-synthesizer) there, JP-8000, [Juno-106](https://equipboard.com/items/roland-juno-106-synthesizer), [SH-101](https://equipboard.com/items/roland-sh-101-synthesizer), [MicroKORG](https://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
Persing is the founder of Spectrasonics, a company specializing in developing World Class software 'virtual instruments' since 1994. He has produced dozens of the sampling industry's top selling titles and gone on to create the award-winning Omnisphere, Keyscape, Stylus RMX, Trilian, Atmosphere and Trilogy software virtual instruments. Eric's ground-breaking instruments and sound libraries are the best selling and most widely used in the world. Spectrasonics products are in constant use on thousands of major film, television, music, game and multimedia productions. In addition to being the Creative Director of Spectrasonics, Eric was a longtime consultant and the Chief Sound Designer for Roland Corporation Japan from 1984-2005, creating the key sounds for many popular Roland synthesizers, samplers, CD-ROMs, expansion boards, processors and groove devices - from the vintage Jupiter and JX series, to the legendary D-50, D-70, JD-800/990, R8, S-series samplers, JV-880/1080/2080, the Sound Canvas, JP-8000/8080, MC-505/909, The V-Drums, XV-5080, Fantom series, the V-Synth and many more.more
During a live video of Ultrapsank playing "Burnt" in 1998. at around 1:30 mark in video, sitting on top of a rack of synth/sequencer/mixer equipment, We can see a keyboard with the distinct Roland pitch/mod stick, and the unique panel/knob layout of the JP8000 keyboard. While the unit is never seen played live, it may be sequenced from the rack unit(s) within.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.
The attempt to emulate the legendary sound of Roland Jupiter 8 has not led to the JP-8000 to success, but Roland has created a legend in the field of techno / trance scene. A fascinating synthesizer for modern music production.
I had one of these for a few months and loved it! Rich, vibrant, sounds with a very easy to understand UI and flexible synth engine, fun keybed, and awesome built in patches. Whether or not it offers anything over other VAs though, I'm not quite sure. It's got a unique character but I ultimately went for my Korg Z1 for my hardware VA needs.
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.
Was a big dream back in the 90s and then became my very first virtual analog synth. Still useful for various sounds for different genres. There is a lot more than the "supersaw" sound that it can do.
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