In his latest Sonic Lab review, Sonic State synth guru Nick Batt takes an in-depth look at the Roland JX-08 synthesizer.

The Roland JX-08 is a Boutique format synth based on the Roland JX-8P, one of the last analog synthesizers produced by the company in the 1980s.  The JX-08 features expanded polyphony, two-part multitimbral capability, and dual/split modes. It also includes 32 presets from the original hardware and 100-plus new patches tailored to contemporary styles.

Topics covered:

00:00 Intro and overview
02:44 USB Audio
03:47 Voice architecture
07:28 THAT Chorus, sounds and FX
12:50 Can it PWM?
14:40 Split/Layer Multi-timbrallity
16:42 Sequencer
21:32 Round up and conclusions

Batt notes that the JX-08 sounds lovely and has fewer limitations than earlier Boutiques. Check out the review and share your thoughts on it in the comments!

Pricing and Availability

The JX-08 Sound Module is available for $399.99 USD.

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