JX-08 The Missing Manual

Here is the missing manual for the Roland Boutique JX-08!

I started making these PDF versions for us back when the first three were released (JP-08, JU-06, and JX-03) because the leaflets that came with them weren’t enough to inspire me, I wanted more. So I illustrated them with my own line art (rapidographs, tape, rulers, and x-acto knives) and created printable documents which I could use beside my little traveling companions to make the most of them as I learned to use them.

A few years later I am still making manuals for us. I think they’re improved, and hopefully are of real use to people. I love manuals, of course that doesn’t mean I always read them, but using them as a companion to any piece of gear has really helped me learn, and grow as a musician. Making these manuals had done that even more so.

PDF FORMAT – Version 0.01A – Feb/March 2022

This is version 1.0A so chances are there are typos, or revisions will be needed assuming firmware updates come along and things are sorted out or added, but I wanted to say that I really like this boutique. The Roland Boutique line have become essential synths for me on the road. I will never travel with my analog gear, I love it too much to do that to it, and it’s been really nice to play 100% live and to be able to bring so much gear with me, and not have to risk the health and well being of my beloved synth collection.

This manual is an assemblage of the completely missing manual from Roland (there is an online reference guide) the quick start PDF, and various other sources of information, but mostly it is a collection of my own discoveries as I went through every single menu, function, and option for this synth. I learned a lot, and discovered some things.
It’s my pleasure to do this for my community, but I don’t do this for money, I don’t take requests, and I currently don’t have any plans to score any more Boutiques. So if I’ve happened to produced a manual, then it will be in my non-fiction section here. If I haven’t, and you really need one, I encourage you to make your own.

I’ve really enjoyed this adventure so far.

With Love,


  1. Mal Funk Shun:

    Thank you!

  2. David Hickey:


  3. Bradley Thompson:

    What an incredible labor of love.

  4. Ian Simpson:

    Thank you SO MUCH for putting this together!!

  5. David Hickey:

    This is devotion to the craft of electronic music

  6. Mark Kitensurf:

    Absolutely Brilliant work again – Thank you !!!!

  7. John Topley:

    Congratulations on completing this latest labour of love! I have all your user guides and they’re a superb body of work. Thank you.

  8. Daniel Kibbee:

    I think this commentary just made me consider buying one ♥

  9. Paul Groves:

    Your manuals are their own little works of art!

  10. Grayson Lang:

    Thank you so much for devoting your time to this, it’s greatly appreciated!

  11. thisiscontinues:

    Thank you!

  12. Paq Man:

    All your work are brilliant. Thanks

  13. rob mathie:

    You fucking rock ♥

  14. Great Job!! Thank you indeed for your support. I’m sure many musicians will appreciate !!

  15. Thanks hopefully good Karma comes your way!

  16. Mike Morales:

    You’re a legend for making these. Thank you so much!

  17. Manx Midge:

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  18. Paul Johnson:

    You will go down in history for your time and contribution to the synth universe.

  19. Harald Steinl:

    Thank you so much for your work – this is a piece of art of its own!

  20. Rohan Nunes:

    Thankyou ♥

  21. Marcello Colo:

    Thank you indeed for your support. Really Appreciated !!

  22. Kevin Nolan:

    Wonderful – thanks so much!

  23. Gareth Fraser Ward:

    Been waiting patiently for this – many thanks

  24. Téfa Hallock:


  25. Alex Gardel:

    I don’t own one, but what an amazing labor of love! ♥ Thanks for being such a good person!

  26. Rhyzen Shyne:

    Nice man! Great work

  27. loooooooosh:

    Your manuals are fire. They’ve been so helpful!

  28. Gary Morgan:

    You Sir, are a Gentleman. I salute you.

  29. leon:

    thank u champ

  30. Josh:

    Once again, thank you sir!

  31. 477:

    invaluable… thanks for sharing! they’ve saved me much time and alleviated lots of frustrations. cheers

  32. 477:

    thanking you from down under… cheers mate!

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