All user reviews for the Roland JP-8000

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 11 reviews )
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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland JP-8000
Extremely good performance control in terms of Motion Sequencing, Velocity/Ribbon assignment to any parameter, great Pitch/Filter/Amp LFO options for the mod stick......but.... The MIDI implementation could be much better.....and only a MIDI IN and OUT - no THRU? Come on Roland!

Price paid



While programming sounds you hardly ever have to use the small backlit LCD screen. Having all the controls in front of you makes it a joy to use. The manual (in true Roland style) is often cryptic, but for anyone used to using synths, its doesn't often need referring to.

The light plastic casing looks fairly robust but I wouldn't want it to risk a fall from a keyboard stand. Control knobs are a little light but feel robust enough.


Very bright and clean 'Digital' quality about it. Not the warmest VA you've ever heard but that can mean it doesn't take up too much space in a mix. One thing you have to be careful with is the fact that the output can distort fairly easily. The synth best suits dance music (I produce tech/deep-house). Due to the 'thinness' of the sound at times, Bass, Treble and Chorus knobs are provided on the front panel, as well as Delay controls (Time, Feedback, Level). There are a few types of delay available and the Chorus control can be made to change to either a Phasing, Flanging or 'Twisting' effect. There could be a more comprehensive effects selection.


Whenever I'm about to program a new sound in the studio, the JP8000 is nearly always the one I turn to first. It perfectly suits what I play and I'd be very reluctant to sell it.

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Posted by: Unknown ( 5-, 2002)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland JP-8000
Very satisfied with the features. Only real downfall is the number of voices it's capable of at once.



Tweaking the predefined settings is fairly straight forward and the menus for the UI are your standards for Roland. If you know Roland gear, it's very straight forward. If not the manual helps sort out the stuff that's harder to find. The manual is deffinitely geared more towards individuals looking to use it for it's intent, aka a VA synth. There is also a technical pdf doc that can be downloaded from Roland site that covers the technicalities of how the sounds are produced. Why it was omitted from the manual I don't know.

I'll deffinitely be hauling it to gigs. It's a pretty heavy duty machine, but not as sturdy as the old metal casing used with the S-50 samplers. Having owned an S-50 years ago, i do think that over time the contacts are going to wear out (for the keys as well as the buttons for the menus). They are easy to replace (at least on the S-50) and require very little saudering. Had to contact customer service to get the manual asi bought it used. The manual was on backorder, but it was still on my door in under 3 weeks.


Solid VA synth. It does have a few issues with sound clipping and popping if you don't tweak the settings enough. That's really the only downfall to it. Deffinitely focused more on the dance/electronic genre of music, but there are enough predefined patches to work from to apply it to others (namely the strings and organ sounds) . Has a handful of selections of different types of chorus's that can be applied to sounds, as well as panning and delay/reverb. It might be nice to see a few more, but i think going with outboard processors is the way to keep everything consistent in a track.


I think the JP8000 is going to be a long lasting item in my growing aresenal of gear. Just retro enough (VA) to be an enjoyment to use, but new enough to have the midi support that we all need. If you plug it into you midi interface you will see a constant signal coming from it for sync. I doesn't interfere with anything that i'm aware of, but i haven't found a way to use it or the menu option to turn it off.

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Posted by: Unknown ( 5-, 2002)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland JP-8000
It is only bi timbral and is only 8 polyphony. Also the lack of distortion and reverb still bothers me, maybee a third oscilator would be nice but isn't a must.

Price paid

1245 EURO (2750 dutch gilders)


From the synths i have it is the most easy one to use, i think the manual covers a lot and is clearly written, they even mention how to create some type of sounds, for example how to create strings.

I have never had any problems with the JP and also never had to contact the customer support so i don't know about them, altough i think they could make more OS updates, like for example access does.


I sure like the quality off this baby, especially for string / pad type of sounds, it can also produce "dutch" trance leads very wel, the onboard fx aren't that great (no reverb, no distortion), maybee they could improve the fx section a bit and add more polyphony.


I like this one very much, use it in all my songs. For pure inspiration this baby is the king at my home.

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Posted by: Unknown ( 4-, 2002)

waxxmaster's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Great machine for a bargain price"

Roland JP-8000
4 octaves synthesizer
Poly 8 channels
OSC 2 + 2 LFO + 1 + 2 12/24dB Filter Env / Effects chorus / delay

Presets as usual are not tiptop malgrés some patches of quality, yet they allow to give glimpses of the machine's capabilities, said this is a synth, so each program as hear.


Operation is simple because there are very few menus / sub menus accessed by the screen, almost all the main functions are accessible via buttons or knob. Operation is simple and clear to all those who already know the VA.

The only criticism that I would use is the config level modulations that deserved to be a little better organized, and the possibilities are limited.

Editing sounds / effects is very easy, we quickly see the desired result


The sounds may be suitable for many styles of music, although it is basically a synth oriented Trance / Dance at its output (not my style), it easily agree to another.

The sound is punchy, it was the beginning of the era of VA but he is doing very well, the quality is there, hair in a messy low when leaving the basic settings of some patches, but it is corrected not bad.

Besides reading reviews everywhere, everyone says that this synth can not do good bass, which in my opinion is totally wrong, and I'm not sure why because with minimal DIY we get at low that sound really good. This may be the "fat" side of analog lacking a little in the bass that makes the populace does not appreciate much of this point of view.

The sounds are not realistic, of course, is not at all done!

Too bad the keyboard does not have aftertouch, this says it well to answer control when using a master key that has ... The sounds are quite expressive, but little better.

The only thing that bothers me a little is the click click of the envelopes that I find not very good on this synth. They are certainly useful in some cases for smacking sounds, but it is not beautiful in other cases (especially when the release is 0) ... I did the last update (1.05) as it appears that solves this problem, I have not seen the difference at this level.

Also I find it lacks a reverb ... I finally today is not very complicated to stick a further ... but I miss her still.


I use it for two days, so this is a hot opinion, however I have another VA so I just compare, and is well positioned against the other and its own thanks to its unique tilt grain ( supersaw, feedback osc ...), the more I use it the more I appreciate it!

The value for money is very good today, its rating is relatively low for a keyboard that can do both, see VA better than newer and more expensive ... However, it is still limited functions, the modulation matrix suffers still not bad. BUT he is doing well anyway!

I do not particularly like the side plastoc synth, although it did not seem to have changed in 15 years (although this matter a little muffled scratch is relatively fragile (the previous owner had a label from scratch with I'm not sure what tool, so I have good big scratches ... yet bought in "new condition" according to its former owner ....). A positive screen for over 15 years does not seem to move a bit (though I'm a regular on the screen change bcp products this time ...)

Yes I would do this choice, it is a pleasure to use synthetic because it is faster to reach these goals!
darth vader7205/07/2010

darth vader72's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JP-8000
I buy the day it was released in 1997, remade in the last analog synth which had disappeared from the market in recent years and which was in force through to techno, I saw already played the sounds of Vangelis, Jarre, Kitaro .... unfortunately not be dreaming.
Lack an octave to my taste, the effects are not better be terrible to go through a special box.
Some appear click on certain sound when you change some of the AGP controller


Frankly there did not really need a manual, everything has to wear hand


I find that for the bass sounds it is not appropriate it is more realistic in groundwater.
I managed to recreate the wave magnetic jar, the sound of cloth that we hear in the title of world's creation of the album Vangelis Apocalypse animals and some other cool sounds.


I have since 1997, at the time I could not try the other model because it was the only one, it was expensive at the time with the experience if I had to buy a new one today I do not buy it I prefer the Alesis Andromeda.

Fredglass's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JP-8000
My first reaction on the JP-8000, cold, would be to say "But why does this synth Posed does not have an octave over?". Nothing to look at it, one would think it is mainly dedicated to the solos and the stage, which is of course not!

For indeed, all the controllers on the front make the use of JP-8000 very intuitive. Nothing to say it: the JP-8000 is a true digital analog modeling (and not vice versa!). So it is true that the leads and the bass can not compete (I think) with real analos. Where is the best in my opinion, it is the Fx and tablecloths. We can find some organ sounds pretty damn good, even if it is not the primary function of the JP-8000 to be realistic.

Audio and MIDI connections entirely conventional ... The arpeggiator is a bit light, though quite effective of its kind (it is very clear that I have written here !!!!!.

In short, this synth is a "ready", which is not inherently negative, quite the contrary. It deserves, I think, a good 7 / 10.


General configuration is very simple: "all the front" is for here. Editing sounds easy ... Manuel clear ... I do not remember the galleys. If you are an impatient in the editing of sounds, then this synth is for you. So 10/10 for use.


See above. Re 7 / 10


I've had two years. I like its ease of use and reliability compared to a hard-analog. I am a big fan of analog modeling synths that correspond to my conception of music. After, of course, do not expect outstanding sound performance.

What I like least, to quote a previous post, it was his side "plastoc" and the fact that there is no longer an octave on the keyboard.

Frankly, I hesitated at first between a JP-8000 and OB-12. Seen how the OB-12 is critical in the torpedo, I do not regret my choice (in any case, I tried this synth in Paris and it really seemed to ring hollow to me).

At the same time, I would do this election for 400 euros. But now with the Alesis Ion, it would be to see ... Overall opinion: 8? 9? Ok, 9 / 10, here is the!

svs's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JP-8000
First, it must be a tame bte ... must understand and work on his sound!, And rsulat is the view of the sound technicians.
It is a synthetic analogue modlisation 4 octaves. Like any good synth modlisation analog, all standard controllers are Submitted, cutoff, resonance, filter lpf, hpf ... etc ...
Stereo output jack, midi in, midi or no MIDI Through ...
88 performances and 88 * 2 = 176 patches, so what to do ... knowing that performance is composed of two patch, which is INTERESTED Fast Fashion for research or a sound.
The sounds are perfectly ditables, and with a little practice, you get what is with DSIR, as the utility pc "jplib" (found on the internet) is gnial because they offer new patches: 176 * 2 = 352 patches! trs of good quality! (good ground, good leads, and good ts Fx
Polyphony: 8 voices, which is enough! and multitimbral 2: lower and upper rgalables on 2 midi channels indpendants.
-> Low multitimbrailit -> 7 / 10


Cofiguration easy!
The edition of sounds is a breeze, unwanted effects and is without reading the manual.
It is clear, and is essential! I had some sync pb noon beginners but the pb was in fact not the cubase jp8000.
No other backup possibility that the original sound hello sysex -> 7 / 10
I do not like the plastic cot.


All types of sounds are but the electro typs Obviously they are not forcment and "techno", so it has opened a lot of synth music styles;
The sounds are not made to be ralistes but to be precisely irralistes! (But looking good, we obtain pianos, violins and the same batteries.!
effects are effective, like chorus, flanger and delay, plus they are synchonsables noon!
The dominant sound, as I said are the ground and twisted fx, moose and envelopps.les leads are good and the bass have a really good dynamic, but lacks in size from a Supernova2 or a virus, n is not as fat as a virus, but precisely aa charm and efficiency especially in the mix as the 8000 is overkill jp!


I use it for a year, it is versatile, I love his arpgiateur, sounds "noise" and the freshness of her, Too bad there have not distortion but ... PC with plugins, has arranged quickly.
The report price is excellent quality, we can find 500 euros, and it is a good deal for a long time!
In short, it's a synth that bcp charming ---> 8 / 10
Refer this choice I do.

strangenono's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JP-8000
Features already available on the card so I spend Retailer


Super easy to edit, I have made a string and a E.piano in 20 minutes or without knowing I was going and what are not sound-squeaker squeaker, they are worthy of a Vangelis beginners and yet I in programming. Everything is facade door finger and a wink on the sute edit a parameter. I don 't have the manual but it is useless anyway so it is simple and more when you see all the pots were immediately want to program it.


There is a bank of 88 performances and 2 of 88 patches each bank so there is something to browse. The presets are already great, we see that we are dealing with a kind of hybrid Juno 60/Jx8p then half angel, half-demon (as Saint M. ..). Bon y 'are of very good and very bad for all genres: The bass is very techno or dance, Les Brasses are very kind Hard Fm Van ... (great), the strings are very rich fat, Fx are fendars, organs including the famous ribbon controller that simulates a wheel organ and ground so psychdliques yen for every gouts.Les effects are rudimentary but effective reverb a lack that is all. The term is very good it reminds me of the old Yamaha so very rich in all the layers.


I have for a week and I love it!
I like too much the "all plastic", which quite surprised me to the Roland aisment but forgive him when you put your fingers. J hesitation with a juno 106 m but he has won, pay 380 euros I am totally hooked! If you find one for less than 400 euros jump on it, beginners as an expert it is very versatile!

efbie's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JP-8000
- 4 octaves
- No aftertouch
- 128 sounds: sounds of 64 factories and 64 user sound intgralement ditables
- A range of classic effects: delay, chorus, flanger but there is no reverb and especially a distortion.
- There is a PC editor whose name I forget, but does not edit the custom settings synthse: shame!
8-note polyphony for a 2-part multitimbral


It is extrment simple program and could not be more intuitive.

95% of paramtres synthse faade are available.

Regarding the manual, nothing wrong. It was all right srieux Roland.


The sounds are perfectly suited my style of music.

Yes it sounds a bit numrique, but that's normal, it is precisely numrique.

This is also true that the leads are a bit cold. But still, I think they scrape well as long as we utlise cross modulation.

Otherwise, it lacks punch, forget the bass sounds good round. This synthesis is especially the fine, I will say that sometimes it even sounds a little stick. Nevertheless, it is IDAL for tablecloths and pads.

I agree with the opinion concerning the Previous amplitude envelope which can cause the problem plays, especially with the attack.

I have a soft spot for cross-modulation is an imitation of synthse FM: I love it. I come CRER sounds captivating and hypnotic grace this parameter.

To conclude this section, the jp8000 is dbrouille trs well for Fast Fashion fx.


I use it for 7 years, this is my first synth. it acts as master keyboard.

I love her, I would not think me a moment spare.

I know by heart. Just as I think its one that I know he is capable of producing and hop, 2 minutes later, the sound is ready be used.

I read some reviews (not here) as how this trend squealing synth sounds and lots of "cheesy".

Well I it is our answer ncessaire to look over Manir further.

If I had to redo the selection of this synth I do it again. We can not say that he took any ride. It should be made to all kinds of electro today. If so

Given its market price of the occasion, although MRIT a small investment.

In conclusion, we can forgive him his mistakes of youth in the sense that it is, I believe, the first analog synthtiseur numrique modlisation history.

lolodilolo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JP-8000
Very good specifications.


Very very simple


Very good filter. But poor imitation of the VCO, so sounds
numrique when the filter is open.
very beautiful tablecloths, pwm, sounds of bells, white noise interresting and the syncro,
leads a little too cold
default is the large envelope AMP.
the fast attack produces a click allatoire not very nice.
Taking a juno 60 but there is a constant and powerful click.
Jp click on the once shy and gne.Dans 2 user manual roland says
it's for the simulation of organs is the weak point for couraging sounds
with fast attack.


I use it since its release, I thought c'tait a copy of JP8.
I have the sr t but has a sound that fits well in a mix.
Has used by fl69 (8080 with the vocoder) by Gigi D'Agostino.
The sound is recognizable TRS. A little too numrique I got, not hot enough
and percussion. With the exprience I bought one for the same price JP6 the era
even a juno sound better and also provides ground markers.