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Roland | JP-8080


The JP-8080 is a synthesizer sound module which uses digital technology to simulate an analog synthesizer. It lets you enjoy creating tonal changes in real time, and a wide range of performance possibilities.

A further enhancement of the JP- 8000 sound source.
The JP-8080 features the same analog modeling sound source as the acclaimed JP-8000 synthesizer. In addition, it provides a “Voice Modulator function,” a “External Input Synthesis function” and a “Unison function” for even broader richer sonic possibilities. The maximum polyphony has been increased to ten notes, and Distortion has been added to the multi effects type (Chorus).

Voice Modulator function
By processing an instrumental sound through a filter which imitates the characteristics of a human voice (or an audio signal), this function produces the effect of a “talking” instrument (Formant Filter). Multiple parameters can also be controlled by human voice (audio) (Vocal Morph Control).

External input synthesis function
A sound that is input from an external source can be processed by the filter and amplifier in the same was as the internal waveforms.

Morphing function
Multiple parameters can be modified simultaneously by a MIDI message. This allows a variety of realtime expressions ranging from brief accentual changes to total transformations in which one sound changes into another.

Easy operation
The panel is laid out in sections, similarly to analog synthesizers of the past. Panel sliders and knobs can be used to modify the sound in realtime. In addition, the BANK1–8 buttons and UMBER1–8
buttons can be used to select patches and performances quickly and easily.

A rich array of sounds
The JP-8080 contains 256 performances (64 x 3 preset, 64 x 1 user) and 512 patches (128 x 3 preset, 128 x 1 user). In addition to sounds original to the JP-8080, there are also 64 preset performances and 128 preset patches from the JP-8000.

DSP oscillator
Supplementing the basic waveforms (square, sawtooth, triangle), the newly added DSP (Digital Signal Processor) oscillator contains four types of complex waveform which could not be produced
by analog synthesizers. Noise has also been added to Oscillator 2.

Arpeggiator function
Four types of arpeggio can be produced: UP, DOWN, UP&DOWN, and RANDOM. By switching the beat pattern, you can change the accents and note length, letting you play arpeggios with a variety of grooves.

RPS (Realtime Phrase Sequencer)
Patterns (musical phrases) that you create can be registered to each key (note number), allowing you to playback a pattern simply by pressing one key.

Motion Control function
Movements (motions) of nearly all the sliders and knobs on the panel can be recorded for up to 99 measures, in four separate memories. By playing back a Motion during your song, you can reproduce complex tonal changes.

Preview function
The BANK1–8 buttons and NUMBER1–8 buttons can be used as a one-octave keyboard. This lets you audition most of the functionality of the JP-8080 even when a MIDI keyboard is not connected.
Engine TypeDigital
Voices (max)10
Engine Detailed2 Roland Analog Modeling DSP oscillators: Saw, Square (PWM), Triangle (PWM), Super Saw (7 de-tuned Saws), Triangle Mod, Feedback OSC
Filter (VCF)Resonant 12/24dB/oct low/band/hi pass, 12-band formant filter bank ADSR
Envelope (VCA)ADSR
FX3 onboard effects: Delay; Multi-FX including Chorus, Flanger, Distortion and Tone control. Vocoder
Memory384 preset and 128 user patches; 192 preset and 64 user performance
SequencerReal-time Phrase Sequencing (RPS) capability
ArpeggiatorOnboard Arpeggiator
Key typeN/A
Produced:1998 - 1998
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.


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