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Roland JX-08 polyphonic synthesizer

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    An ’80s icon on your tabletop.

    In 1985, Roland’s innovative JX-8P took hybrid synthesis a step further with a compelling new analog-digital voice. The instrument was instantly embraced by top session players, who forever embedded its warm pads, shimmery chorus, and crystalline textures into the era’s most popular tracks. The JX-08 reintroduces the unique sound of this sought-after classic in stunning detail, coupled with powerful new effects, a polyphonic sequencer, and more. And to enhance your creative flow, there’s a full panel of hands-on controls derived from the companion PG-800 programmer unit for the original hardware.

    Classic sound. Modernized.

    While the original design of the JX-8P is retained in this modern version, we’ve added a range of updates that take the experience to another level. Explore the 100-plus new patches tuned for contemporary styles, or use the onboard controls to design your own sounds. And with expanded polyphony, two-part multitimbral capability, and dual/split modes, there’s even more room to stretch out your sonic ideas. Once you’ve found your zone, store your creations for easy recall using any of the 256 preset slots.

    Even deeper effects.

    The JX-08 comes stocked with 17 powerful effects, many of which are new to the Roland Boutique range. Add some gloss to your JX patches with classic chorus, phaser, and delay options, or get gritty with overdrive, fuzz, bit crusher, and the new lo-fi compressor. Filters and pitch shifters are also available to bring additional dimension and character to your sounds.

    Music that moves.

    Once you’ve locked in your patches, fire up the two-part polyphonic sequencer and start programming leads, basslines, or basic chords to sync with other pieces in your electronic ensemble. And to bring some animated movement to your sounds, tap into motion recording and the onboard arpeggiator to make your musical lines dance.

    MIDI, USB, and external clock input.

    The JX-08 features a built-in USB-C audio/MIDI interface, so you can play, record, and synchronize with all types of computer production software. Full-size MIDI I/O is also available for interfacing with other MIDI hardware. There’s even an external clock input for driving the JX-08’s onboard sequencer and arpeggiator from vintage analog instruments and modern Eurorack systems.

    Grab your keys. Hit the road.

    The compact JX-08 fits just about anywhere and is easily controlled from a master keyboard or computer DAW. It can run on standard AA batteries for hours of uninhibited jamming, and there’s also a built-in speaker for on-the-go sound monitoring. Add a DK-01 Boutique Dock for a polished look and three convenient tilt positions, or grab a K-25m Keyboard Unit to create a fully self-contained, portable instrument.

    User Memory
    Sound Patch: 256
    Pattern: 128
    Rear Panel
    Power switch
    VOLUME knob

    LFO Section
    RATE knob
    DELAY TIME knob
    WAVE FORM switch

    DCO-1 Section
    LFO slider
    TUNE knob
    RANGE switch
    WAVE FORM switch

    DCO-2 Section
    LFO slider
    TUNE knob
    FINE TUNE knob
    RANGE switch
    WAVE FORM switch
    CROSS MOD knob
    DCO-1 ENV knob
    DCO-2 ENV knob
    MODE switch

    MIXER Section
    DCO-1 slider
    DCO-2 slider
    ENV knob
    MODE switch

    VCF Section
    HPF slider
    CUTOFF FREQ slider
    RES slider
    LFO slider
    KEY FOLLOW slider
    ENV knob
    MODE switch

    VCA Section
    LEVEL slider
    MODE switch

    ENVELOPE-1/2 Section
    ENV SELECT 1, 2 buttons
    ATTACK slider
    DECAY slider
    SUSTAIN slider
    RELEASE slider
    KEY FOLLOW switch

    PORTAMENTO Section
    MODE button
    TIME knob

    EFFECT Section
    CHORUS 1, 2 buttons
    REVERB button

    ARPEGGIO button
    NOTE button
    SEQ button
    START button
    MENU button
    VALUE knob
    PART A, B buttons
    DUAL button
    SPLIT button
    BANK 1(5)--4(8) buttons
    NUMBER 1--8 buttons
    MANUAL button
    Chorus: 3
    Delay: 4
    Bit crusher
    LOFI Comp
    Phaser: 2
    Pitch Shifter: 2
    Step Sequencer
    64 steps
    4 notes (Polyphonic)
    7 segments, 4 characters (LED)
    EXT CLOCK IN jack: Mono miniature phone type
    PHONES jack: Stereo miniature phone type
    OUTPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type
    MIX IN jack: Stereo miniature phone type
    MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors
    USB port: USB Type-C(R) (Audio, MIDI)
    Power Supply
    Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4 or Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
    USB bus power
    Current Draw
    500 mA (USB bus power)
    Expected battery life under continuous use
    Ni-MH battery: Approx. 6 hours (When using batteries having a capacity of 1,900 mAh.)

    * This can vary depending on the specifications of the batteries, capacity of the batteries, and the conditions of use.
    Quick Start
    Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
    Options (sold separately)
    Keyboard unit: K-25m
    Boutique Dock: DK-01
    300 mm
    11-13/16 inches
    128 mm
    5-1/16 inches
    47 mm
    1-7/8 inches
    Weight (including batteries)
    895 g
    2 lbs

    Brand: Roland


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