help recreating a sound on jx-8p

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help recreating a sound on jx-8p

Postby malice95 » 16:18, 16 July 2015

So I'm new to synthesizers.. mainly a piano background. I'm trying to replicate the lead keyboard
riff sound from Europe's "The Final Countdown". I've read they used a Jx-8p to create this sound originally
and you can see the jx-8p in their video from the 80s. I believe they used the stab brass preset sound as a
base but somehow made it more compressed and powerful? I'm not sure how to describe it in audio terms.

I played with my jx-8p last night for a few hours trying to recreate the sound but whatever I did took
me further away from it.

Can anyone give me any guidance on how to recreate it? Jx-8p parameter settings or a spx patch would be awesome!:)


Link to original sound by Europe
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Re: help recreating a sound on jx-8p

Postby rsaintjohn » 05:01, 21 September 2015

Saw this comment on a YouTube video:

Start with JX-8P preset STAB BRASS, then set VCA Dynamics (parameter 63) to OFF, VCF Dynamics (parameter 57) to OFF, and VCF Frequency (parameter 52) to 99.

According to Europe's keyboardist (Mic Michaeli): "The sound of the keyboard riff used in the recording was achieved by using a Yamaha TX-816 rack unit and a Roland JX-8P synthesizer.“I made a brassy sound from the JX-8P and used a factory sound from the Yamaha, and just layered them together.”
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Re: help recreating a sound on jx-8p

Postby raymond » 04:46, 3 December 2015

Yes adding the layer would help.

Adding a bit of reverb and delay would help too. It will sound "bigger" with a bit of ambience.
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