Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

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Fox_GAMING_NTF
KVRist
189 posts since 11 Apr, 2019

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:22 am

Ok, so, I've essentially boiled down my choices to, :

1. The Roland JX-3P
Or...
2. The Behringer Deepmind 12.

I seem to have found myself torn between these two synths.

The JX-3P is actually from the 80s, a big thing for me.
However, programmability seems limited, and I don't think I'll be able to also afford a PG-200, but it's like a once in a lifetime chance for me....

... However, the Deepmind 12 seems to have lots of programmability, but it isn't from the 80s, a big thing for me.

So I don't know which one I should choose, they both have their benefits, and their disadvantages.

So, I'm asking you, which one would you choose?

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jacqueslacouth
KVRian
1105 posts since 18 Nov, 2004 from The Liberated People's Republic of Straya

Re: Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 2:46 am

How to decide??? Which one do you WANT to play the most? Realistically it should come down to sound and playability. Why does it matter when it was made (other than romantic nostalgia...although I do get it, to an extent)?

AnX
KVRAF
5731 posts since 17 Nov, 2015

Re: Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:18 am

oh good, another thread on the same subject.... :roll:

chk071
KVRAF
22437 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:21 am

I think what we need here is someone with authority, who says "BUY THIS!". Then the topic should be done. :)

Any takers?

bibz1st
KVRAF
1658 posts since 29 Mar, 2013

Re: Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:26 am

Yes me, get the Deepmind
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chk071
KVRAF
22437 posts since 11 Apr, 2010 from Germany

Re: Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:28 am

Need moar caps and exclamation marks, otherwise i see another thread upcoming. :roll:

Fox_GAMING_NTF
KVRist
189 posts since 11 Apr, 2019

Re: Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:37 am

I'm just wondering, what are the pros and cons of them? I mainly want nice, 80s sounding leads, pads, basses, etc. And it would be cool to have something from the 80s, something, "authentic" I guess you could say, but I guess I mainly want to know what does the Deepmind 12 have that the JX-3P doesn't, and what does the JX-3P have that the Deepmind 12 doesn't?

bibz1st
KVRAF
1658 posts since 29 Mar, 2013

Re: Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:50 am

You could watch some videos on youtube, its quite easy. Also you could try asking GEOSYNTH he has made patches for both.
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Ugliness, however, goes right the way through

Fox_GAMING_NTF
KVRist
189 posts since 11 Apr, 2019

Re: Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:20 am

bibz1st wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:50 am
You could watch some videos on youtube, its quite easy. Also you could try asking GEOSYNTH he has made patches for both.
I have, I've looked at many YouTube videos, I still can't decide. Thanks for the suggestion! I'll try to ask him.

mungbeans
KVRist
58 posts since 13 Oct, 2015

Re: Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:00 am

Big apologies for sounding so negative, but what a totally pointless thread and question.
The only thing that is making you not choose the DM12 is the fact it isn't from the 80s. Something you describe as a big thing.
As this is not only totally subjective but the degree and importance is something which is and only can be known to yourself and yourself alone, what's even the point in asking other people which they would buy?
If 10 people responded saying they would buy the DM12 and none responded saying JX-3P then would it make any difference? If it did then it being not from the 80s isn't a big thing after all, yet you said it was big, twice.
So what's the point of this entire post then.

Here's my vote, get the DM12, what's the point of nostalgia just for nostalgia's sake, especially if that comes at the risk of equipment failure potential.

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bharris22
KVRAF
1622 posts since 3 Mar, 2010

Re: Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:09 am

Loopop just did a comprehensive review of the DeepMind on YouTube. I always find his videos to be very thorough and helpful.

Echoes in the Attic
KVRAF
7275 posts since 12 May, 2008

Re: Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:31 am

Programming the JX-3P without the PG-200 would be annoying. I'd go deepmind.
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dellboy
KVRian
1089 posts since 28 Mar, 2007

Re: Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:01 am

The Deepmind keyboard is velocity sensitive with aftertouch.

I think the JX-3P is just note on off through its midi outputs so not much good as a controller keyboard if this matters to you.

It is 61 keys versus the Deepmind 49 though.

JCPZero
KVRist
171 posts since 26 May, 2004

Re: Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:24 am

As much as I love the vintage synths, my concern is reliability and how well they were cared for. I like the integration of the newer synths with USB, software editors / librarians.

My choice was a Deepmind 12D + the roland boutique SE-02. Eagerly awaiting other Behringer remakes of classic synths.

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BertKoor
KVRAF
11333 posts since 8 Mar, 2005 from Utrecht, Holland

Re: Roland JX-3P vs. Deepmind 12

Post Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:26 am

dellboy wrote:
Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:01 am
It is 61 keys versus the Deepmind 49 though.
OP was building his own midi controller (from scratch) so surely that's no problem :-P
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