In the early 1990’s I was in my first band called Neurotricity. My band partner had an amazing synthesizer studio and the heart of the studio was the Roland Super JX-10 synthesizer. We used that synth for both sounds and also central MIDI control for recording into the computer. I have fond memories of using that synthesizer.
Throughout my synth hunting over the last 20+ years I have kept an eye open for this synth to pick up for my studio. I had a lead on a beat up one several years back, but the person wanted more than I thought it was worth given its condition as it had been gigged a lot. Several years ago I found a Roland JX-8P with a PG-800 programmer and I picked that up. The JX-8P is basically 1/2 of a Roland Super JX-10 and I’ve been enjoying the synth, especially programming it with the PG-800 accessory; it is difficult (but not impossible) to program in the little window and alpha-dial that this vintage of synthesizer provided. I was content with this JX-8P and figured if I found a JX-10 that would be great; but didn’t think I’d ever run across one so I had the next best thing.
Several months ago I happened upon a Roland Super JX-10 in excellent shape. The person I bought it from never gigged with it; it was basically a home studio toy that had been put away in a closet for many years while the owner explored other hobbies and interests. There was one dead key, but otherwise it was fully functional.
The video below shows how I fixed the keyboard contact and how I installed the new firmware. With the PG-800 and the new firmware, this Roland Super JX-10 is a beast of a synthesizer that I can already tell will provide tons of enjoyment in sound design!
I’ve been seeing a large group of bucks roaming through the neighborhood, but they’ve never been close to the road (don’t want to trespass) or I haven’t had my camera. I was heading home from the post office and saw two of these guys close enough to take pictures of from the road, so I ran home, grabbed my camera, and hoped when I got back they hadn’t wandered off. Luckily I live about 3 minutes from where they were.
On the way back, I noted the big guy had arrived for the party. There were a total of 4 bucks in the area today, I was able to shoot 3 of them. These animals live on private land so they have no fear of cars; but they don’t like walkers and especially dogs. So they are fun to watch.