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Added: 18-Dec-98 | Author: admin
New price: £ 899 ish | S/H price: Not listed
Roland JP-8000The JP8000 is Rolands new digital synth utilising the latest buzzword in the industry...."Analog Modelling"... This is what manufacturers are claiming as the next new form of synthesis, moving along from sample synthesis. Despite the fact that these types of synths do actually use digital electronics to generate the waveforms, somehow, they sound fatter and more like real analog VCO's than straight sampled synths.
This type of synthesis began with companies like Clavia, (with the Nord Lead), and continues today with synths like the JP8000... It seems, that they use custom designed DSP chips, which output waveforms.... However, when asked, they reckon it is NOT a chip with samples of waveforms... even single-cycle ones.... yet they also deny that it is a DCO synth... er... perhaps one of our more enlightened readers can work this out !!.... Clavia say this about "Analog Modelling" :
".....employs matemathical simulations of the electronical signal generated by analog oscillators, instead of using waveform tables. This makes it possible, for example, to sweep the pitch smoothly over a very wide range and allow for true pulse width modulation."
What we have then is a modern digital synth, with all the associated stability & storage/editing/sysex capabilities....Combined with a sound that is more ...er....Analog....These synths definately have an up-front sound !!
Another of the features of this type of synth, is usually limited polyphony, & multitimbrelity.....and the JP8000 is no exception to this rule...offering 8 note poly, and 2 part multi-timbrel operation as maximum...... (if you remember, the original Nord Leads were only something like 6 part multi-timbrel.)
Basically, all the 64 preset sounds are constructed of a maximum of 2 Oscillators....These can be single Osc' sounds, 2 Osc' layered, or split as two seperate sections of the keyboard.
Osc' One, gives a choice of 7 waveforms....Saw, Square, Triangle, Noise, Feedback Osc', Super Saw, & triangle mod'..... Oscillator Two, gives you Saw, Square & Triangle..... The oscillators can be cross-mod'ed...you can also apply ring mod' & assign envelopes & Lfo's to pitch (simulteaneously to both Oscillators, or alone to Osc'1) & cross-mod'.
The filters in the JP8000 offer the standard 12 & 24 db/octave set-up, but with a choice of High-Pass, Lo-Pass, or Band-Pass..... and the filter has the usual 4 stage envelope arrangement....and of course all these & the other controls & parameters have dedicated hardware knobs or sliders.
You get 2 LFO's with the JP8000:.... LFO 1, offers Saw, Square, Triangle & Random waves, with adjustable Rate & Fade.... LFO 2, adjusts the mod' section.... Controlling : Pitch, Filter or Amp...(the LFO's can also be clocked to midi)
So.... pretty much an Analog synth, with a modern twist........ however, the combinations available should make for some pretty awesome & varied sounds...... and then you've got the control features...... Extra dedicated control knobs & sliders etc, are finding their way back onto synths at last..... and the JP8000 gives you loads of sources... Besides the usual wheels & pedals, Roland have added a Ribbon Controller, which can have not only single, but multiple destinations assigned to it, as can the velocity sensitive keyboard...... Also, as you can see from the piccie, this synth is laden with knobs & sliders... 38 dedicated controllers in total !!
All the edit parameters are laid out on the front panel...they all transmit control data, and Roland have even added a sort of mini-sequencer, that allows you to input control data in layers in a sort of cycle mode, like with a standard sequencer programme.... You can record up to 8 bars, adjusting whatever control parameter you like...when you have the cut-off right for example, you can then select a new controller, and adjust that over the choosen amount of bars... So once you've made all your passes, you can save it, then the mini-sequence can be triggered either from a button on the front panel, or you can make it play when you press the keys....Roland call this "Motion Control...and it will allow you to create short passages which contain complicated assortments of control sequences, that would be impossible to perform live, unless you got the lads round with a crate of beer, and got them all simulteaneously twiddling controllers as an alternative to football on the TV !!
No "Analog" synth would be complete without an arpeggiator, and the JP8000 provides one that can send out midi note data, as well as being able to clock to midi... the assignments are the usual up & down, octaves etc & a hold function... So for all you Arpeggio lads (the synth equivilent of LC350 freaks !!)... there's plenty of scope for luverly ambient & techno patterns etc...... You also get a final stage 2 band Eq, as well as a Chorus & Delay, with adjustable parameters....and, joy of joys, you can sync the delay time to midi clock, or the arpeggiator !!.... All this sound gets out via 2 simple L & R jack sockets.
Well.... It looks like Roland have released a JD800 for the latter 90's..... packed full of the same type of sounds, but just more upfront, big, and hard...(oo-er !) ....... It is expensive... and I have to say, this amount of dosh would buy you alot of toys....Also, other manufacturers are offering similar machines, but with the inclusion of drums so you can use it as a total workstation to do your whole track..... So we will have to have a play to evaluate it....... Now, you want to know how it sounds ?..... er....... well I got the deom from Roland, and as usual, it's totally laughable....... basically, why they think people want to hear the latest techno synth playing impressions of screaming jazzy lead guitar solos over Stevie Vai type jazz-rock-college backing music is beyond me... I mean NO-ONE either makes or listens to this sort of thing since about 1990 !!... it was so sad I just didnt bother to add it.... so... Well stick in a bookmark, cos Roland should be bringing one over for us to play with in the near future....Then you can listen to it in RA3 real-time-no-downloading format !!!....Stay tuned !!
I have made this demo for www.zoolook.nl members, some more will come ;)...
I have made this demo for www.zoolook.nl members, this is the second part....
Played some melodies on my Jp8k...
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