Subscribers to RolandCloud (Roland’s online resource of virtual instruments) have just been awarded the software version of the JX-3P synthesizer. The software emulation first appeared on 808 day as a new “Plug-Out” for the System-8 synthesizer, but now it’s available as a VST Instrument to run inside your DAW.
It’s the archetypal 80’s synthesizer, built for ease rather than complex control. Sharing much of the technology of the Juno and Jupiter but designed to make the coolest sounds instantly accessible. Like the Juno it had 6 voices of polyphony, analog filters, envelopes and VCAs but it also has two oscillators per voice. The hands-on interface was rubbish but the included 64 presets we so good that no one seemed to mind the lack of easy programming. But if you wanted to get into it then adding the PG-200 programmer gave you all the control you could possibly want. Of course, in software, the PG-200 is included.
Roland’s tried and tested ACB replication technology means that this JX-3P is going to sound as close to the original as anyone is likely to get.
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The RolandCloud now includes a vast range of synthesizers and sounds taking in the majority of Roland’s back catalogue. You get access to all of it for $19.99 a month, which is something you’ll either love or hate. Some of the RolandCloud Plug-Out synths such as the ProMars, System-100, SH-101 and SH-2 are also available as standalone VST instruments. Maybe the same thing will happen to the JX-3P? Although it’s a Plug-Out for the System-8 whereas those others are for the System-1. Who knows what Roland will do next.