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Mathew Jonson Presents His Synthesizer Favorites: Roland JX-3P

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Our resident synth expert reveals the secrets of one of Roland’s most under-appreciated synths.

Since starting the “Synthesizer Favorites” video series on our YouTube channel in May, our in-house synth expert Mathew Jonson has already toured us through two of the most iconic synths in electronic music history: the Roland SH-101 and Yamaha CS-60.

This month, however, we turn to a machine that might be considered more of a hidden synth treasure than a classic: the Roland  JX-3P. Developed in 1983, the JX-3P was originally intended to be a guitar synthesizer and it still bears the marks of this history. It’s six voices were designed to emulate the six strings of a guitar. It was also Roland’s first MIDI-equipped synth, and it features the same filters from the SH-101 and the Jupiter, and it even boasts an on-board 128-step sequencer.

Check the video out in full above. If you like what you see, you can watch the previous episodes of the series, featuring Mathew Jonson exploring the Roland SH-101 and the Yamaha CS-60 below. For more videos like this, subscribe to our YouTube channel. We release new videos every Tuesday.

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