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Roland JD800

Postby corndogssg » Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:16 am

Hey I have the chance to get a nice condition roland jd800 for $350 it doesn't have any issues with the red goo and all the buttons and sliders work great. Its been sitting in storage for many years and seems like its about two years old. That being said I have an original v synth, do you think that the jd800 has its own sound? I love "hands on" synths wich you cant get much more hands on than with a jd800. So should I grab this guy while the opportunity presents itself? ?? Thanx.
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Re: Roland JD800

Postby Alex E » Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:21 am

Get it, that's a really fair price.
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Re: Roland JD800

Postby CS_TBL » Sat Jul 26, 2014 9:36 am

Still the sexiest looking synth iyam, and $350 sounds like a bargain. Technically it's half a JD990, which is like half an JV1080 which is half an XV3080, so yea.. it's not the newest kid in town. But if you can refrain from acoustic simulations and go for pads and ambient noises, then you've got something. One of these days I gotta pick up mine from my parents' place.. where it has been picking up whatever can happen in, oh, 8 years of being switched off.. if only this apartment had some more room .. :help:
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Re: Roland JD800

Postby Pro5 » Sat Jul 26, 2014 1:18 pm

YES JD-800 has it's own sound. It doesn't really sound like JV-1080 (had one), nor the V-synth. Though the V can be made to emulate it a little the JD has a much meatier sounding filter (and thicker sounding oscs imo).

I have a JD-800 V-Synth project with all the original ROM wavs, and have made some similar patches before - but it's just not the same as the real JD which has something else going on in the top/bottom end and poss the outputs/op-amps!

And of course it's beautiful. Looks wise, JD-800 is like the Lamborghini of synthesizers! I even had a dream once that I was driving it like a supercar?? don't ask!

V-synth is almost as easy to program though (if not easier in some respects) but the only synth that made me consider selling my JD-800 was the V-synth, as I believe it can technically do everything any other Digital Roland can if you know how, but it doesn't have quite the same character, feel or presence (and for sure the filters are different!). So really they can both live together. Mine do (for now).

I started a thread on here JD-800 VS V-Synth which I'm sure would be of interest to a V owner contemplating a JD.

viewtopic.php?f=18&t=72683&start=15

also my post over at gearslutz

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Re: Roland JD800

Postby corndogssg » Sat Jul 26, 2014 4:47 pm

right on man. i was hoping that i would get your feedback when i posted this thread as i know you are a v synth lover and i have read some of your posts saying how much you love the jd800. yeah it sure is one sexy ass synth! i keep saying why do i need or want another roland digital synth when i own a v synth? but i think that this is one synth that i would be a fool to no pick up, and for the price too, seems like a no brainer.
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Re: Roland JD800

Postby Swayze » Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:19 pm

For $350, get it! I've had my JD for about a year now and love it. I recently bought a V-Synth to replace it...ended up keeping both. +1 on pretty much everything Pro5 said.
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Re: Roland JD800

Postby Pro5 » Mon Jul 28, 2014 10:27 pm

corndogssg wrote:right on man. i was hoping that i would get your feedback when i posted this thread as i know you are a v synth lover and i have read some of your posts saying how much you love the jd800. yeah it sure is one sexy ass synth! i keep saying why do i need or want another roland digital synth when i own a v synth? but i think that this is one synth that i would be a fool to no pick up, and for the price too, seems like a no brainer.


it. is. sexy.

Just moved my synths around this evening actually, V-synth (my main board) on the lower tier and the JD-800 above it (slightly angled), it looks even sexier at an angle, which is always important when producing actual music! :lol: :roll: :lol:

edit > just took a pic (or else, it didn't happen)

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Re: Roland JD800

Postby the synthman » Tue Jul 29, 2014 10:55 am

Nice.
I've been toying with idea of getting a JD-800 for a while now but I have other synthesis (roland v synth v2.studiologic sledge and an Ensoniq SD-1) and no space for it. Can't deside which (if any) synth to replace it with.?
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Re: Roland JD800

Postby gs » Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:37 pm

Had one for about 6 years, really enjoyed it. For sure this synth is the KING of silky string pads. I had a lot of fun using it as a controller for CS-80V (using MIDI translation software to convert the Sysex code into CC's). I also did some restoration on the keybed (removed the red glue, installed a new contact strip under the keybed to replace the glue-ruined one). Alas I had to sell it last year (and I need to change my sig gear-list to reflect this, of course), but it is a highly recommended synth. For a digital, it is quite capable of sounding analog. Some of the best digital resonant filters ever made.

If you don't need the control surface or the keybed, and would like more synth power under the hood, the JD990 rackmount is the one to get. Has a lot more synth features (like osc sync, osc cross-mod, etc.) that are missing on the 800.
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Re: Roland JD800

Postby Bitexion » Wed Jul 30, 2014 9:49 pm

On that picture your JD is literally outshined by the V-synth.
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Re: Roland JD800

Postby mpa1104 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:02 pm

Beautiful pic of the royal couple there Pro5 :)
What are you using to light the V-Synth and have you attached it to the underside of the JD?
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Re: Roland JD800

Postby Pro5 » Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:46 am

gs wrote:If you don't need the control surface or the keybed, and would like more synth power under the hood, the JD990 rackmount is the one to get. Has a lot more synth features (like osc sync, osc cross-mod, etc.) that are missing on the 800.


not once can we get through a JD-800 thread without this... :lol:

Bitexion wrote:On that picture your JD is literally outshined by the V-synth.


True, I usually have the v/jd on a 3 Tier A frame (my other synths are on it atm) so the JD is lit up too (actually I moved it to the bottom again after that photo - as it's better lit up - the brushed metal reflects nicely), the V has plenty of it's own light.

mpa1104 wrote:Beautiful pic of the royal couple there Pro5 :)
What are you using to light the V-Synth and have you attached it to the underside of the JD?


Just some cheap white LED fairy lights (Xmas lights) think they cost £3? no it's not stuck on the synths just pulled tight between the stand arms. On the 3 tier A-Frame I snake it around the poles so each tier is lit up.
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Re: Roland JD800

Postby plus321 » Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:00 pm

Does anyone reading this know a part number for the 'soft' switch' (bank/number/patch layer/etc) on the jd-800? A copy of mine need pressed hard.

I saw something once that showed them looking like 12mm with rubber piece or something like that.
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Re: Roland JD800

Postby Sheherezadeh » Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:32 pm

Pro5 wrote:
gs wrote:If you don't need the control surface or the keybed, and would like more synth power under the hood, the JD990 rackmount is the one to get. Has a lot more synth features (like osc sync, osc cross-mod, etc.) that are missing on the 800.


not once can we get through a JD-800 thread without this... :lol:


Yeah, on most keyboards getting the rack version isn't a big deal if you already have other keybeds, but the JD800's a tough decision to lose all the awesome sliders.
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Re: Roland JD800

Postby Pro5 » Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:59 pm

Sheherezadeh wrote:
Pro5 wrote:
gs wrote:If you don't need the control surface or the keybed, and would like more synth power under the hood, the JD990 rackmount is the one to get. Has a lot more synth features (like osc sync, osc cross-mod, etc.) that are missing on the 800.


not once can we get through a JD-800 thread without this... :lol:


Yeah, on most keyboards getting the rack version isn't a big deal if you already have other keybeds, but the JD800's a tough decision to lose all the awesome sliders.


To me, aside from the fact they can sound the same if you want them to, they are completely different synths and completely different as 'instruments'. The JD-800 is the only one of it's kind in the entire synth-world. There will always be a more advanced rack, a better sounding synth, kinda misses the point of why the JD-800 is so desirable though.
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