Roland brings back the JX-8P and JD-800 synths

Roland is exploring its analogue and digital heritage with its latest pair of Boutique synths, the JX-08 and JD-08, which emulate both the JX-8P and JD-800.

Released in 1985, the JX-8P was among the last of Roland’s analog polysynths. With two digitally controlled oscillators per voice, it took analog into new territory with the ability to generate crisp, clear tones associated with the crop of all-digital synthesizers arriving on the scene. This hybrid approach made it highly versatile, especially with the hands-on editing functions of the companion PG-800 programmer. A favourite for its rich strings, pads, and brass sounds, the JX-BP’s characteristic tone is imprinted on numerous albums and movie soundtracks from the mid-’80s to today.

By the early ’90s, preset-driven digital synths with limited hands-on controls dominated the landscape. The JD-800 changed all that in 1991, bringing the synthesizer world back to its roots with a massive control-laden panel and an aggressively electronic sound palette. With its gleaming tone and monster sound-shaping potential, the influential JD-800 helped define the sound of popular music over the next two decades.

Both the JX-08 and JD-08 can serve as USB-C audio/MIDI interfaces, with full-size MIDI ports enabling easy connection to other hardware.

These new models can be bus or battery-powered and have a built-in speaker. They’re also compatible with the optional K-25m 25-note keyboard unit.

The JX-08 and JD-08 will be available from January 2022 priced at $400 each. Find out more on the Roland website.

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