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PG-8X
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PG-8X - Roland JX-8P emulation
PG-8X is inspired by the Roland JX-8P with the PG-800 programmer.

The synth architecture is a standard 2-oscillator > Filter > VCA design. These elements can be modulated by a common LFO and one of two ENVELOPEs.

The PG-8X is patch compatible with the JX-8P and can read and write JX-8P Sysex data.
  • Up to 12 voice polyphony.
  • 2 DCO's with Saw, Square, Pulse, Noise.
  • Hard Sync and Ring Modulation.
  • 2 exponential envelop generators.
  • 24 dB resonant LP filter.
  • HP filter (3 stages).
  • Stereo Chorus.
  • Import and Export of JX-8P Sysex data.
  • Detailed manual

Note : a folder named "patches" included in the zip contains 22 Sysex files to get started.



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Feb 16 2020
  Oleg
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  ?  / 5
People, help!! Im using Ableton Live 10, and when PG8X doesnt save the selected preset. I select one, it play well, but when I stop the track and start playing it again, PG8X reset to the first preset. What is wrong?

Jan 30 2020
  Mato
VST
  5  / 5
This sounds incredibly close to the original hardware JX-8P, just splendid!
Darko
Feb 08 2020
Yeah PG-8X is in a league of its own. An exceptional emulation. Martin Lüders is amazingly generous to offer it to the world for free. <3<3<3

Dec 10 2019
  TOFIMAX
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  2  / 5
But no presets! :(
Name
Jan 22 2020
Visit the developer's page, he has posted links to websites which host sysex files for PJ-8X, they can be loaded into the VST synth

Dec 08 2019
  John Wright
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  ?  / 5
Holy sweet, this can sound unbelievably good! Respect!
Digital Rules
Dec 15 2019
Yes, the PG-8X sounds unbelievably good! Like a real hardware analogue synthesizer! Martin Lüders is a genius programmer!

Oct 27 2019
  Digital Rules
VST
  5  / 5
So awesome emulation this! Unbelieveable! And free! Wonderful!

Sept 04 2019
  jordan
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  ?  / 5
Thank you for your work and generosity making this truly stunning plugin, very inspiring to use :)

Jul 09 2019
  James Hellums
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When I try to change a program name, I click where the name is ,then type what I want the new name to be, then click write, but it goes back to what the name was originally! Is there a secret way to change names?

Jun 11 2019
  Rin_Elyran
VST
  5  / 5
If you're looking to create synthwave and/or retrowave tracks on a very limited to absolutely no budget, then you'll probably want to give PG-8X a try. It's perfect for all those epic pads, leads and sweeps, and it pairs up nicely with other awesome freeware plugins like SQ-8L, OB-XD and Dexed, all three of which are among my personal favorites. Mr. Luders, keep up the awesome work.

Apr 27 2019
  Proteus
VST
  5  / 5
The fact that this magnificent synth emulation is free is insane. In a good sense of course. =)
Mato
Dec 26 2019
Yep, PG-8X could easily be sold for a very high price tag. The emulation quality is simply amazing.

Feb 21 2019
  krystian
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  ?  / 5
hey! I was hoping i could use this vst in mainstage - mac os. I`ve tried both vst and au- download. Normally I add my plug-ins through the component (not vst) folder in my library. Then im supposed to use the AU- download. But in the folder the app is withput the .component-ending making it incompatible with my DAW, or so it seems. Any suggestions?
Anonymous
Feb 21 2019
Maybe try to rename the .app into .component ?
krystian
Feb 21 2019
I´ve tried that :( Don´t work. I´ve tried renaming both the vst and the app to .component - no luck. I can try rebooting the laptop.
Darko
Apr 25 2019
Hi krystian. There is a new and free AU-to-VST bridge plugin that was recently released. It allows you to load and run VSTs in AU only DAWs like Logic and Mainstage. You can download it here: https://github.com/tibsys/AuVstBridge/releases/ . This free plugin should make it possible to run the PG-8X normally in AU only DAWs. Enjoy! :)
Alan
Dec 18 2019
Hey there! I've been struggling with the same issue and every time I try to open the AuVstBridge my DAW (Logic Pro X) crashes. Any other suggestions on how to get this detected by Logic? Thank you.
Darko
Feb 08 2020
Hey Alan and krystian! Did you try (force) restarting Logic?? That usually works with newly added plugins. If that does not work You should report this bug to the developer of AuVstBridge at Github, I am sure he will do his best to fix that. Anyway you should try another free plugin host, the Element by Kushview, it should allow running PG-8X in Logic. Get Element by Kushview at https://github.com/kushview/Element/releases/tag/0.41.1 . Enjoy!! =)

Dec 13 2018
  Liam Cat
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  ?  / 5
NUCKING FICE... MARTIN

Oct 20 2018
  GigitoEQ
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  4  / 5
One of my favorite synth emulations!

Sept 16 2018
  James Hellums
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  4  / 5
I wish there was a way to load sysex into the version 1.04. haven't figured that out!

Aug 17 2018
  Darko
VST
  5  / 5
This is by far the best free Roland sound emulation I have ever heard! Amazing! Martin Lueders is a genius! Donate!
Darko
Oct 07 2018
Actually this is by far the best Roland sound emulation in general. Free or commercial. Donate to Martin Lueders, he is a generous genius! If every emulation was as close to the original as the PG-8X is to the JX-8P, then there would be very few analogue purists out there. <3
Mato
Nov 23 2018
I absolutely agree with Darko. The PG-8X is a next level synth emulation. It is one of the very few plugins that can load and save/read and write the original hardware sysex patches. That is amazing!
Digital Rules
Dec 15 2019
Yes, I agree, the PG-8X is a unique and a special emulation in the software and plugin world. If every plugin emulation was as good and as accurate as PG-8X, then there would be much less bashing of and looking down on software and plugin synthesizers, no doubt.

Jul 02 2018
  corrosiveabuser
VST
  5  / 5
just like the real thing, a genuine classic, - this plug is far better than many of the commercial soft-synthesizers currently available.
Mato
Jan 09 2020
True, the PG-8X is already a timeless classic freebie emulation! Donate to Martin Lüders! <3<3<3

May 20 2018
  AM
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  5  / 5
I can not believe how good this sounds! It's crazy!

Apr 17 2018
  L@zarus
VST
  5  / 5
10/10...after all this time still the best JX-8P replica on the planet! ;-D - Just load some SysEx or create your own and you are ready to go! A big hand to Martin Lüders for this powerful tool

Mar 31 2018
  Proteus
VST
  5  / 5
This softsynth sounds very close to the real Roland JX-8P! Sounds so freaking good and R E A L it is incredible! Try it! And donate to Martin Lueders, he really deserves it! <3 <3 <3

Jan 21 2018
  Victor
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  5  / 5
Vst maravilhoso

Nov 28 2017
  fazil
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  5  / 5
Awasome emulation.

Sept 23 2017
  jmwnoble
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  5  / 5
Very impressive simulation.

Sept 17 2017
  Ron
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  5  / 5
Absolut genialer Synth. Würdiges Profi PlugIn.
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Sept 16 2017
  GabrielWest
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  5  / 5
MY favorite Synth VST so far! Just make sure you grab all of those nice presets from the web.(by googling for "PG-8X presets") Excellent work by Martin Luders!

Jul 29 2017
  JUPITER-MAN
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  5  / 5
Very good analog synth, thanks! :)

Jun 11 2017
  cylon
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  5  / 5
10/10... dude this is just amazing!!... highest award I can give for the sound and feel this thing delivers!

May 15 2017
  XR95
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  5  / 5
One of the best free software synthesizers. PG-8X is an incredibly accurate emulation that sounds lush, warm and fat. Combine this with Synth1, Dexed, and you are ready to make awesome music.

Mar 26 2017
  jonis
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  5  / 5
Awesome quality

Mar 17 2017
  JE
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  5  / 5
I just want to say a massive THANK YOU for this! Stumbled across this site tonight after years of various other sites, can't believe it was all so easy created and so like the actual thing. A magnificent piece of work, thank you again. Please donate to the cause!

Feb 25 2017
  Mato
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  5  / 5
This synth is legendary. Probably the closest if not THE first accurate hardware synthesizer emulation so far. And it is free! Donate to Martin!

Nov 29 2016
  Angel Gaviria
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  5  / 5
Real Analog Synth. DONATE!!!!!

Nov 24 2016
  Anonymous
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  4  / 5
The sound is almost perfect, BUT the controls aren't working and the GUI is too large.
Mato
Feb 25 2017
What do you mean? Which controls aren't working?
Anonymous
Apr 08 2018
All knobs working for me

Nov 02 2016
  molotov
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It is beautiful, the sound is very close to the original, good work.

Oct 24 2016
  Aaron
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  ?  / 5
Why cant i get the component file for IOS? I cant get it to pop up in my DAW.

Oct 10 2016
  Peter
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If you're looking for a Roland JX-8P, but cannot find one of some reason, or maybe feel it's not worth to spend those expensive money for this gear included the PG 800, then this freeware plug in is VERY recommended. This synth plug isn't only inspired by original thing... It really sounds like it to, with the posibility to load in the original JX-8P preset banks. I've tried them both, so I can say that the similarities between them are really close, and so close that there's no reason to lay your hands on "the real thing", if you don't want to... Because, with this one, you actually don't need it. It's really amazing that it's free, because it's a unbelievable great work behind.
Karl GC
Nov 27 2017
At the time of relaese the JX-8P had a RPP of 1700 USD. Inflation adjusted that would be 3800 USD now. Now think again about expensive money and expensive analog gear. :-)

Sept 23 2016
  Gerry
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  5  / 5
I have an older version of the PG8. Will those patches work on this version?

Jun 23 2016
  Natious
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  5  / 5
I like it! It's awesome!

Jun 21 2016
  ctho
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  ?  / 5
Good synth, but GUI to large for 1366x768 screens, only really suitable for HD displays.

Jun 21 2016
  Karma_tba
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  5  / 5
A Masterpiece...no exaggeration. Free synths of this quality are rare. Donate if you can Mr.Luders deserves it.