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
gridsleep
August 26, 2011 @ 11:17 pm
"If it sounds good, it is good." Duke Ellington
Jim
August 21, 2011 @ 8:22 pm
They are going for good prices on ebay at the moment! I saw one a few weeks ago selling for less that 300, but the keys were broken. There's another that's 500 buy it now. I'm about ready to get this gem back into my arsenal.
Why get a digital synth that tries to emulate analog when you can get a power house like the JD800 that COMPLETELY embraces the sound of digital!
mantime
August 2, 2011 @ 8:06 pm
Taro, wow what a moron you are.
sdflk
July 31, 2011 @ 6:20 pm
Groovizm

Typically it's analog fanatics who're jealous that digital synths like this one can sound in many more ways. And that they're used in bigger ways on many records than any moog/arp etc combined could replicate.
gridsleep
July 22, 2011 @ 5:36 pm
"...cheap plastic case and wasn't very sexy..."??? The reviewer may have the facts straight but he wouldn't know sexy if it swung around a pole and slapped him. This keyboard looks like a control panel in a Cylon base station. It's form following function. It's engineering esthetic at its finest. The JD-800 is a work of art. It's as sexy as a hollow ground lock blade pocket knife or a jet fighter. This is the SR-71 of keyboards. If that ain't sexy, then call me Mother Hubbard. This is the sexiest keyboard in the whole database, and that includes the Andromeda.
 
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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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