Roland Cloud has added virtual JX-3P – a 1983 synth that was one of its earliest programmable preset polyphonic synthesizers and also Roland’s first MIDI-equipped machine.
Here’s what they have to say about it:
In the early ‘80s, the synthesizer market was in flux. Spurred by trends in contemporary music, synths began to creep into popular culture. Roland, in lieu of complicated controls, shifted towards inclusive designs. Why not create a keyboard with Roland’s iconic analog warmth but make it accessible? Thus the dawn of the pushbutton interface and the introduction of the JX-3P. The JX-3P condensed the signature Roland sound users had come to expect into 64 stunning presets.
Beautiful design, meticulous craftsmanship, and ease of use—the JX-3P was a Roland synth for aspiring youngster and virtuoso alike.
Don’t let this synth’s sleek veneer fool you. The most attractive quality of the JX-3P is its versatility. The presets alone provide a masterclass in sonic engineering. Present midrange, shimmering high end, punchy bass frequencies—it’s all there. Throw in a revolutionary MIDI option, and it’s easy to see why this user-friendly powerhouse is now part of Roland Cloud’s Legendary series. What about hands-on sound manipulation? Enter the PG-200. Augmented by the PG 200, JX-3P users could navigate between out-of-the-box excellence and infinite customization. Visceral control options, not one but TWO stabilizing Digitally Controlled Oscillators, and Roland’s unmatched soundscapes—it’s no wonder the JX-3P shines brightly on countless classic recordings.
The JX-3P software synth uses ACB-component (Analog Circuit Behavior)-level modeling of the original. You can use the JX-3P in its traditional format, or add the PG-200 and dig deep into vintage-style synthesis.
The JX-3P is formatted for the ‘Plug Out’ interface of the Roland System-8, so it can run as a hardware emulation on that platform.
See the Roland site for details.