Released in 1985 the JX-10 (Super JX) combines two individual JX-8P’s for an outstandingly warm, rich and analog sound which is still used in many modern studios all over the world. This synth was the first Roland Synth to be fitted with a quality 76 note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch. Two DCO’s per voice, two ADSR envelope generators per voice, and a resonant lowpass & non-resonant highpass filters are only the beginning. It has a 12 voice polyphony for a total of 24 oscillators and it is by far one of the most programmable synths of its time! However, as on the JX-8P, knobs and sliders have been replaced by low-profile buttons and a nice LCD display. Although this may look sleek and elegant, it makes editing a chore. Assign parameters to the alpha dial for tweaking, one at a time, or get the optional PG-800 Programmer to provide traditional, hands-on, dedicated sliders for editing the JX-10′s parameters.
The JX10 has a Chorus effect and a chase-play Delay function. The chase-play function allows programmable delayed repeats of voices by alternating patches of the upper and lower modules. The simple chorus effect is either off, slow or fast. It has two programmable sliders (if you don’t use the PG-800) for some real-time control which can be recorded along with other effects and keyboard modes into one of the 64 Program Patches. This is in addition to its standard 50 preset and 50 user patch memory. A simple sketch-pad 1-track real-time sequencer is also on-board. It stores sequence data directly to an M16C card, or an M64C card for Patch/Tone OR sequence data. The M16C has a capacity of 400 notes, the M64C 1440, according to the manual.
The JX-10 also comes in a rack-mount version known as the MKS-70. It’s worth noting that the JX-10 can not be edited via SysEx, however the MKS-70 can which is one reason many have chosen the rack version over the keyboard. The JX-10 can make bulk dumps of its sounds over sysex, but only with (discontinued) Roland M64C RAM cartridges.
The Roland JX-8P is a programmable polyphonic analog synthesizer from 1985. It is 6 voice polyphonic, it has 2 DCO’s per voice. Oscillator sync and cross modulation available. Analog resonant filters. 2 envelopes. Velocity sensitive keyboard. It also has aftertouch, but be warned, you need very strong fingers… It has a built in chorus (two settings) and unisono modes.
It has 64 presets and 32 patch memory for your own patches. The optional PG-800 was a programmer which allowed tweaking the sounds with sliders and knobs – like on earlier analog synths. But even without the PG-800 sound editing is easy like on a Korg Poly-800.
The JX-8P has MIDI and sysex abilities, but no tape interface.
Comparing some factory presets of the Roland Jupiter-8 to the cloned ones in the Jupiter-8 Collection bank for the SonicProjects OP-X PRO-II virtual analog VSTi synth.
The original Jupiter-8 clips were recorded by Paolo Di Nicolantonio from synthmania.com and were licensed for this comparison:
The cloned presets in OP-X PRO-II were modeled by ear after these clips and are available in the “Jupiter-8 Collection” bank which can be downloaded here:
The flexible engine of OP-X PRO-II allows to mimic the character and sounds of several different synths. These direct comparison examples show that it works quite well for the Jupiter-8.
Roland Jupiter-8 VSTi
Roland Jupiter-8 Comparison
ChipBeat // Junomurder // (Trier, August 2013)
Background video info below:
I got a brand new Rocket today, so… here goes!
Bass: Waldorf Rocket
Drums: Vermona DRM1, Acidlab Miami, MPC
Strings: Korg Wavestation SR
Pluck: Casio CZ3000
FX: Roland Alpha Juno 2
Vocoder: MAM VF-11
Vocoder Synth: DSI Tetra
I’m switching the Rocket between chord and mono modes over MIDI. To play chords, set the oscillator wave to sawtooth (CC #31 = 0), and the osc tune&shape knobs to max (CC #70 & #79 = 127). I’m also setting the mod wheel for some chord vibrato.
Weird random sequence generated by a Minimoog Voyager RME driven by a Roland TR606 via Moogerfooger MF101 envelope follower CV out to VX 352 CV expander.
Since there is almost no video in youtube that shows the practical uses of the Moog CV expanders ( VX 352 & VX 351) I decided to put online this lo quality video just to show a (funny) experiment on the day one I connected these machines…sorry for the poor audio quality, recorded from my iphone mic, but this clip was intended only for documentation purposes…enjoy!
This track is all about the Jupiter synth’s, the sound effects, it’s arpeggiator’s & that distinctive Jupiter 8 sound.
The bassline/sequencing using Synthesizers.com & Pro-one.
Additional arpeggio effects with monopoly.
Hope you enjoy.
Background video description:
A fellow VSE’r was wanting to know how to sync his JP-8′s arpeggiator to his DMX. I don’t know of any way to do that directly without another piece of gear in between to convert clock pulses.
The Garfield Electronics Modulator can program trigger pulse rhythms up to 2 measures synched to 24ppq DIN, 24, 48 or 96ppq phone jack.
A slow piece with Sequential Circuits Drumtraks & Six-Trak, and Roland Juno-60.
Background video description:
A VCS3, 100M, and Phase2 performance when I got home. I wish I was still in Cornwall. On the Stippy Stappy walk to the beach