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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128 Visitor comments
November 6, 2010 @ 11:41 pm
Don't forget that composer Akira Yamaoka also used one of these.
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.
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.
July 15, 2010 @ 11:28 pm
The JD-800 is great, is like a cleaner Roland D-50. I have both but I am selling the JD-800 for 2 reasons... 1. The sliders does not transmit cc. And 2... the LFOs or anything, sync via midi.

I really like the JD 800 because is clear, friendly, fun and good looking, but I have to reduce my studio and my D-50 is in perfect shape and multitimbral, is not the same sound but is not bad at all!

I wish Roland could come up with a JD-800 mkII to compete with the Virus Ti, I mean, a JD-800 just like the original but with todays features.
May 31, 2010 @ 3:35 pm
Love my JD-800 to bits especially since getting something in the region of 3500 new patches for it from the 'net. Some amazing new sounds have kicked my usage of it right up the [beep] again. It's a synth full of sounds that are capable of inspiring new tracks by themselves and it truly excels for lovely pads. A lovely to play, beautiful sounding synth that still looks really cool. A word of caution though....if you're planning on moving yours around, do it carefully...the JD-800 won't take much in the way of bumps and drops etc due to it's flimsy plastic shell.
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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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