Roland JX-3P/MKS-30 -1983


User Manual: Jx-3P or retrosynth mks-30 or Roland US or VSE
Special Functions: Florian's Tips and Tricks
Operating System code: N/A
MIDI or other control protocol:
Software related Links:
Patches or knob settings: VSE
Circuit Overview: below
Scematics/Service Manual: Pages or retrosynth mks30 AND Power Supply/Chorus
Service pics: Florian's diy page
Common Service Issues/Tips: below
Parts Sources: Keys knobs semiconductors misc
Uncommon chips/modules used: IR3109 VCF (MKS-30 has 80017A vcf/vca), BA662 VCA, MN3009 BBD, MN3101 BBD clock, 8253 programmable timer (tone generation)
Modifications:MAJOR UPGRADE! or Various or MKS-30 upgrade
General Info Links: Vintage Synth Explorer




Circuit Overview:
     Early MIDI synth with some scaled back aspects but a lot of typical subtractive analog things going on of course. Timer chips used for the DCO design as was typical in the first generation of those units. Analog VCF and VCA chips but digitally generated envelope controls and oscillators. BBD based chorus

Service Tips:
     The MKS-30 has the failure prone filters of course. I've had good results with soaking them in acetone for several days then peeling off the resin coating. Crystals tend to form that are conductive under that jacket and it just all washes away when you perform this procedure. Otherwise I've only done key cleanings and pot replacements and so on with JX-3P that I can recall.

Parts:
I have a variety of parts that might help you on these as it appears Roland used many of the same parts those years. And also there are some discrete components that I usually stock.
Contact Sound Doctorin'
GOOD NEWS for MKS-30 users!!!! I've purchased and tested one of the 40 euro module redesigns. GREAT WORK! This should drive the price of the used modules down since these are way more reliable and sound identical! Here is the Module Retro page. This device must be hard wired which takes a few minutes but well worth the effort to get something in using common 13700 ota's.