Marvin Gaye Synth VST : PG-8X, Free JX-8P VST emulation

Marvin Gaye Synth VST : PG-8X, Free JX-8P VST emulation
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If you want to produce the 80s sound for your music productions, try this free JX-8P VST : Legendary synth of Marvin Gaye’s and Michael Jackson hits

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Marvin Gaye : Motown legend

Marvin Gaye, born Marvin Pentz Gay Jr. on April 2, 1939 in Washington, D.C. and died murdered on April 1, 1984 in Los Angeles, is an American singer and songwriter.

He met great success in the 1960s as one of the star singers of the Motown label and published solo or duo several classics of popular music of the twentieth century.


In 1971, Marvin Gaye released What’s Going On (ranked #6 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time in 20033), a concept album that he composed entirely and that included several songs that would be coverd over the following decades.

He continued to be successful in the 1970s, exiled to Europe, then left Motown for CBS and recorded in 1982 the album Midnight Love containing the title Sexual Healing. The album as the song triumph in several countries.

On April 1, 1984, Marvin Gaye was killed by his father, a pastor, after a family dispute, the day before his 45th birthday.

Marvin Gaye was honored posthumously by several institutions. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

First, what is JX-8P synth?

JX-8P is a flagship analog synth from the 80s released at the same time as the legendary Yamaha synths, also staples in pop and urban music.

The JX-8P was used in the most famous songs of this era, such as Michael Jackson’s (Thriller) or Marvin Gaye’s (Sexual Healing) hits.

A more watered down version of this synth was released: the Roland JX 8P which had less success because it was released at the same time as the Yamaha DX7, which the latter swept all.

Thus, an excellent free emulation was born from the JX 8P : PG-8X

The JX-8P produces sounds by subtractive synthesis. It uses digitally controlled analog DCO oscillators for more stability than VCOs. Each voice uses 2 DCOs. The DCOs can be synchronized with each other in several ways.

Features :

  • DCOs: 2 per voice
  • Sawtooth, pulse, rectangle, white noise waveforms
  • LFO : sinusoid, rectangle or random. Assignable to DCO, VCA or VC
  • Filter: 12db/oct lowpass, with HPF.
  • Envelopes: 2 ADSR envelopes assignable to DCO, VCA, HPF.
  • Analog chorus 2 modes

PG-8X : Closest free VST similar to JX-8P

PG-8X, Free Jupiter 8 VST : Marvin Gaye & Michael Jackson Synths

Created by Martin Luder, this excellent copy of the Roland synth is a must have in your VST collection.

It includes:

  • JX-8P Similar design
  • 12 voice polyphony
  • Saw, Square, Pulse, Noise
  • Hard Sync
  • Ring Modulation
  • Envelop generators
  • Filters
  • Stereo Chorus

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