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Roland JP-8000

Analog Modeling Synthesizer

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Roland JP-8000
Roland JP-8000
500.00 street price

At the moment it’s clear that this first analogue modeling synthesizer by Roland has had a firm grip on its place among the cult instruments produced by the Japanese corporation. The ability to reproduce the sounds of analog synthesizers of the past years in combination with convenient control spurred a whole range of mega-popular musicians of the 90s and the early 2000s who broke out of the technical limitations of the 70s and 80s.

JP-8000 marked the beginning of the "super-saw" era, which was based on the 7 slightly detuned sawtooth waveforms stacked together. Roland hit the gist, the very essence, which triggered the overwhelming love among the performers of electronic music. This instrument was used by such music acts as The Alan Parsons Project, Vince Clarke, Depeche Mode, Garbage, Goldie, Gary Numan, Prodigy, Pet Shop Boys, The Crystal Method, Orbital, ATB, Scooter and others. It is difficult to find another synthesizer which would have been used more often in top compositions than JP-8000.

JP-8000 is a bi-timbral, 8-voice full-featured stage synthesizer. A waveform is generated by digital oscillators (a saw, a super-saw, a rectangular wave with PWM, triangular waves with PWM, a noise generator) and passes through 12 and 24 dB resonance filters, ADSR envelopes and the effect processor (delay and chorus only). A fairly powerful pattern-arpeggiator and a function of memorizing note sequences and parameters in real time (RPS - Realtime Phrase Sequencing) are available.

JP-8000 has an excellent interface even considering modern standards. It has a 4-octave velocity sensitive keyboard, no aftertouch, a developed system of controllers featured on the front panel - a combined pitch-bend and modulation control, sliders, encoders, and even a short ribbon controller. "One knob per function" – that’s how the architecture was devised. Back then it seemed to be a sufficient number of presets - 128 factory, 128 user and 64 multiprograms to be stored by the user.

Considering the age - and the youngest of all the released JP-8000 versions is more than 15 years, the cost on the second hand market is growing and this is definitely a good investment for those nostalgic for the 90s. If you’re not sure about second hand no-one-knows-when-it-breaks unit – because it might have lived through 6 lives already - and you want to be safe then pay attention to Roland

System-8 which is a modern revision of Roland analog modeling synthesizer. It won’t be as stunning as its predecessor but it won’t leave you upset anyway.

Country of origin / production: Japan

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Usage area
Synthesizer 
Performance Synthesizer 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Archetype
Analog Modeling (AM) 
Polyphony
Voices8
Multi Timbral Capacity2 part(s)
Split/LayerSingle, Dual, Split
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Oscillator Type Digital
Oscillators per voice2
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Triangle with PWM
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Super Saw
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) White Noise
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Single Voice Preset128
User-defined Single Voice128
Multitimbral Preset64
User-defined Multitimbral64
Filter
2-pole 
4-pole 
12dB 
24dB 
Resonance 
Envelope Generator (EG)
FilterADSR
AmpADSR
OSCAR
AD 
ADSR 
Modulation
LFO: LFO Count1
Effects
Chorus 
Delay 
Arpegiator/ Portamento
Arpegiator Mode Up
Arpegiator Mode Down
Arpegiator Mode Up+Down
Arpegiator Mode Random
Arpegiator 
MIDI
General MIDI (GM) 
MIDI in/ out
IN 
OUT 
THRU 
Keys
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Size4
Number of Keys49
Display
Display type TFT
Color resolution Monochrome
Built-in controllers
Pitch Bend/ Modulation Lever 
Ribbon Controller1
Slider/ Drawbar16
Potentiometer22
External controllers
Expression foot pedal 
Foot Controller1
Audio out
Stereo 
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)2
Power
Voltage 230V
Voltage 240V
Voltage 115/117V
Power Supply Built-in, internal
Power consumption28 W
Dimensions
Height113 mm
Width925 mm
Depth349 mm
Weight8 kg
Case/ body
Plastic 
Color
Blue 
Production start1996
Production ended

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