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Roland JX3P 1983 - 1985
The JX3P is a standard 2 DCO analog synth
with a pretty much 'plastic' analog sound (The JX8P and JX10 have a
much more wooley warmer sound). It does good strings, stacatto synth
and brass sounds but stuff like bass sounds aren't its strongest
points. Now this
would be a pretty uneventfull synthesizer if it wasn't for its genius
build in polyphonic (!!!) step sequencer which can be triggered by any
drummachine with a trigger output. Just hit write and hit any chord or
notes after each other and they will be programmed in step by step.
There's some cool led system in the patch buttons so you know where you
are with your step programming and you can transpose the sequence while
Since I got it a few years ago I've used this thing a lot. At one time
I even had 2 JX3Ps running sequences triggered by a TR808.
The JX3P has a loose programmer called the PG300 which attached itself
to the JX3P with magnets. You can still program the JX3P without the
programmer pretty easily.
I also like the design of the JX3P, it might one of the most beautifull
synths in my studio, sleek and colourfull with "shiney" plastic silver
tracks with the JX3P:
Mountain Computer is
entirely 2 JX3Ps with its sequencers synced together.
Taken from Smackos'
Computer Day album
computer The typical JX3P sync lead sound. A lot of JX3P is
keeps on raining the fast chord riff and the haunting strings are
TIP for TR808 style sequence lights:
There is a
function that lets the
lights of the patch buttons follow the sequence (like the TR808), its
pretty useless but it looks cool and you can impress people with it. To do this hold
pause while pressing
the sequencer start button.
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