Roland JD-800

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The JD-800 is Roland's answer to half a decade of hard-to-program synthesizers. Covered in sliders that act as dedicated editors just like a classic analog synth, the JD-800 is an extremely programmable and hands-on digital synthesizer. It is also an interesting and great sounding digital synth with incredible flexibility and control. Internal ROM based waveforms are combined to build your sounds. The sounds are based on Roland's D-50, but updated for the nineties with multimode filters - uncommon but welcome at the time.

The JD-800 came in a tough metal case capped off on the sides with large plastic covers. Programming may be a little too flexible for some users, but once you know what you're doing with it, almost any sound you can dream up can be dialed in and stored.

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It has been used by William Ørbit, Emerson Lake & Palmer, 808 State, Ken Ishii, Astral Projection, Rabbit in the Moon, Depeche Mode, Underworld, Tangerine Dream, LTJ Bukem, Apollo 440, Jean Michel Jarre, ATB, Vangelis, Pet Shop Boys, Faithless, Luke Vibert, Mouse on Mars, Laurent Garnier, MC Hammer, Bushflange, Genesis, and Eat Static.

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Phil
December 23, 2010 @ 9:40 am
Well, the JD arrived yesterday and it's as I feared. Looks great but compared to the D50, it's go no soul, it's just too sterile. I'm going to give it a few weeks and then stick it on ebay.
Phil
December 3, 2010 @ 3:35 am
I had a JD800 for a year or two and sold it on as I wasn't impressed (it looks better than it sounds). I've recently bought a Roland D50 which I absolutely love and inspired by this, I've taken a gamble and bought another JD800. I'm looking forward to seeing how it compares to the D50. I'm hoping that with a few more years experience I'll appreciate the JD800 more this time. If it fails to impress again it's going straight back on ebay. The D50 is a keeper.
Connor
November 6, 2010 @ 11:41 pm
Don't forget that composer Akira Yamaoka also used one of these.
Mattsynth
September 13, 2010 @ 7:46 am
One of the easiest to programing digital synth ever made. The sound is fantastic and has a excellent effects section. These synths are getting old and have problems with glue under the keyboard so mantainance is a issue and Roland is running out of parts. I am a musician and do not have time to fix and clean this synth anymore so I purchased a Fantom G that sounds just as great (with much more poly and waveforms) but is little harder to program. If you have the time and patience this is a very cool synth.
Matt
August 2, 2010 @ 1:17 pm
The JD800 is a very expressive synthesizer. You can make basslines, pads, strings, leads, etc. The aftertouch is amazing too. Well underpriced in today's market.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 24 voices
  • Oscillators - ROM based digital synthesizer
  • #Instruments - 6 part multitimbral
  • Keyboard - 61 key keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
  • Arpeg/Seq - NO
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1991-93

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