Roland JX8p vs Oberheim Matrix 6

A forum for comparing two or more synths against each other. Also known as "versus" threads.

Roland JX8p vs Oberheim Matrix 6

Postby White » Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:00 pm

Whilst I am quite satisfied with all the synths and modules I own, I just thought I'd ask everyone - out of two keyboards, which one would you pick?

Oberheim Matrix 6 or Roland JX8p?
Duncan J. White + quite a few synths
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 367
Joined: Thu Jan 06, 2005 5:22 pm
Location: Birmingham, UK
Gear: Quite a few synths

Re: Roland JX8p vs Oberheim Matrix 6

Postby CfNorENa » Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:25 am

Depends on the rest of the setup. Mostly analog? Then I'd pick JX8P. Mostly digital? Matrix. The idea would be to extend the sonic range as much as possible...
User avatar
Active Member
Active Member
Posts: 358
Joined: Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:41 pm
Location: SF Bay Area
Gear: SEM | SH-2 | Prophet 5 | MKS-70 | Microwave XTk | Kronos || AD 202 | El Capistan | DP/4 | Eclipse | Rumour | PCM90

Re: Roland JX8p vs Oberheim Matrix 6

Postby 0e0 » Wed Dec 22, 2010 9:52 pm

the matrix sounds way better in my opinion. there are some midi-buffering issues with sysex control that you dont have with the jx8p.


Posts: 95
Joined: Thu Sep 10, 2009 6:00 am
Location: Toronto, Canada
Gear: Roland MKS-50, Juno-106, JV-1080
Yamaha A4000, SU700, S80 (w/PLG150-VL), SY 77, SY 22
Oberheim Matrix-1000
Kawai K3m, K4
Zoom ST-224
Band: 0=0

Re: Roland JX8p vs Oberheim Matrix 6

Postby projectwoofer » Wed Dec 22, 2010 11:18 pm

I'd take the Matrix...

Casio VZ-10M, Commodore 64 & MSSIAH, Dave Smith Tetra, Kawai K5000R, Korg X5, Roland D-550, Roland JD-990 (w/Vintage Synth card), Waldorf Miniworks 4pole, Yamaha TX7
User avatar
Posts: 96
Joined: Sun Jul 05, 2009 10:13 pm
Location: Athens, Greece
Band: Woofer

Re: Roland JX8p vs Oberheim Matrix 6

Postby madrasputin » Thu Dec 23, 2010 5:45 am

I have both and they're really quite amazing synthesizers. On the one hand you have great deep bass sounds with the Oberheim but if you don't know the matrix modulation section well enough to program your own patches it can become a bit, "overwhelming." As for the JX-8P it's an analog monster with an great amount of variety as far as being able to create strings that sound very, very close to real strings as far as synthesizers go (imo) to being able to really tweak it out and make bizarre sounds that thunder and boom throughout your studio. It's less of a headache to create patches (though not by much on it's own over the Matrix 6!) with and it's especially a breeze when you have the PG 800 to edit and control all the parameters with instead of the one slider they want you to use on the JX-8P. Having said all that I favor my JX-8P more than my Matrix 6 but not by a lot.
User avatar
Supporting Member!
Supporting Member!
Posts: 244
Joined: Fri Jun 27, 2008 3:01 pm
Gear: Many mechanized instruments that produce lots of sounds that make folks say "oooh" and "wow" a lot.....

Return to Synth Shootouts

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests