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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.
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.
edited over 1 year ago
Good even without the programmer.
I've only had this synth for a few weeks, so I still have some exploring to do, but let me talk about a few things that I have come to know already. 1. YOU DO NOT NEED THE PG-200 PROGRAMMER TO MAKE CUSTOM SOUNDS. I bought this with the expectation of buying the PG-200 down the road, but ended up realizing how much I don't need it. Want to edit the release? Hit Bank B, then number 16 and book you have a very nice slider to edit the parameter with. Don't believe anyone that says its useless without the programmer. 2. It's beautiful. The classic bright 80's colors that line it, make it a charmer. 3. It's 1/3 the price of a Juno, with 2x the oscillators. While I love the Juno, and would have one if I wasn't so poor, the JX-3P definitely feels the void for that vintage roland sound. 4. The polyphonic sequencer is so nice and useful.
BUY ONE :)
Great 6-voiced polysynth
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.