The JP-4000 is a 4-voice clone of the Roland JP-8000 hybrid synth complete with Supersaw waveform in an adorably cute little box that’s destined to be a cult classic.
Update 25th March: Now there’s a video and it seems the name has been changed to JT-4000 presumably because Roland has lawyers.
(Originally posted 25th Feb).
After all the fuss made of my article about the Behringer Pro-VS where I suggested it was a bit on the ugly side, the arrival of the JP-4000 made me burst into laughter – but for opposite reasons. This thing is wonderful! Isn’t it odd how just a few design decisions can flip a piece of technology from awful to awesome? There’s something in the balance and sizing of this one that is just right in the context of what they’re trying to do. I love it!
Anyway, Behringer has released a bunch of information about their adorable little JP-8000 clone. First of all, apparently, Uli Behringer dreams of a day when every child can have a synth just like he wanted when he was a kid and so the JP-4000 will be a stunning $49. So it’s not trying to be a full-sized synth with a front panel full of knobs and nuanced control – this is a fun-sized sound source with as much power and sound capability as they can fit in the tiny frame.
Inside we have 2 analog modelled oscillators per voice and a nice warm analog filter. The JP-8000 sound engine has been replicated along with the Supersaw waveform. 2-operator FM has been added and they’ve chosen to keep the 12-bit DAC for that classic sound. It comes with 32 presets, 16 touch-sensitive keys and an arpeggiator. It can all be controlled over USB. I wonder if the Synthtribe app will be expanded to give you a fuller synth programming experience because the front panel is looking a bit sparse on the control side.
In some ways, it does the JP-8000 a bit of a disservice because that was an immense and enjoyable synthesizer and here we have it transformed into a novelty version. Don’t get me wrong, this looks like a fun idea and I hope Behringer releases every synth ever in this same format, but I’d also like to see a more fully-fledged clone of the JP-8000 as the trouble has been taken to replicate it.
Anyway, the JP-4000 “Spirit” has made my day, so thanks for that Behringer.
- Behringer JP-4000: Behringer