Roland has revived the iconic JX-8P Synthesizer in the form of its first Model Expansion for the ZEN-Core Synthesis System.
In May, Roland presented its new ZEN-Core Synthesis System and ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer. One thing was clear at this point: the engine was not ready and still in development. The first step was taken today, with more to follow in the coming summer weeks. Roland has introduced the first Modal Expansion, which transforms the ZENOLOGY software synth into an entirely different instrument.
The first release is the JX-8P Model Expansion, later in July and August, they will release other expansions like the SH-101, Juno-106, and Jupiter-8. Model Expansions are hosted in ZENOLOGY for macOS and Windows. Later in 2020, these titles will also be supported by ZEN-Core hardware instruments like the JUPITER-X and JUPITER-Xm.
From rare and sought-after classics to the designs of tomorrow, Model Expansions give musicians and producers unprecedented access to the historic and ever-evolving world of Roland synthesizers.
JX-8P Model Expansion—Launched in 1985, the innovative JX-8P took analog a step further with capabilities that could generate tones associated with digital synthesizers, making it highly versatile. Scheduled for release on June 30, 2020, the JX-8P Model Expansion reintroduces the unique voice of this sought-after instrument for the first time ever. The user interface also includes the hands-on editing functions of the PG-800, a companion programmer unit that was available for the original synth.
The new Model Expansions capture the essence of legendary Roland instruments, offer expanded polyphony and easy-to-use interfaces. Each delivers the unique sound and experience of the original hardware—without the expense and maintenance. The new ME can be hosted in ZENOLOGY in your DAW and offers a quick and intuitive operation with clear, re-sizable, and touch-friendly interfaces.
According to Roland, they consume less CPU and offers high polyphony. One of the problems with Roland plugins in the past was that they used too much power. Users can swap Model Expansions and load sounds instantly, with no disruption to their creative flow.
Further model expansions are coming on July 16 (SH-101), August 8 (Juno-106) and August 31 (Jupiter-8). Model Expansions for ZENOLOGY are included with the Pro and Ultimate membership levels of Roland Cloud.
Roland ZENOLOGY is available now in the Roland Cloud subscription model starting at $2.99 USD per month. All paid levels—including Core—start with a free 30-day trial of Ultimate, allowing users to try out software-based Model Expansions and other Ultimate features. In addition, any Roland Account holder can purchase Lifetime Keys for individual Model Expansion titles. This provides unlimited access for as long as their account is active, even if they don’t have a Roland Cloud membership.
More information here: Roland