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
February 3, 2013 @ 6:18 pm
I forced a band member to sell his (horrid) Yamaha SY85 and splash out on a JD-800 way back in 1994 when they were being slashed in price by music shop dealers. I'll never forget the feeling of unpacking this baby and hearing the lush strings. 20 years on and I still have a JD990!
January 26, 2013 @ 11:19 pm
I have one of these and let me tell you, it's one of my favorite synths. It is the best PCM sample based digital synth roland ever made. Dreamy thick evolving swirling lush sounds that take you away to another time and place and planet! It is a dream to edit and the built in FX are very good, they really add to the tonal quality of this synth. It also looks amazingly cool, you just want to reach out and play it... and I do, quite often. I have 7 other digital and analog Roland synths and this one sounds the most unique, like a D50 on steroids with a D70 thrown in for fun.
marcus davis
January 22, 2013 @ 3:45 pm
I,v always had a liking for Roland keyboards ,i previously owned the JV30 THE XP60 , the JD 800 ,i'v always wanted to own but they were pulled from production prematurely in the 90,s and i'v never been able to get my hands on one since,if anybody has one for sale or know of anyone thats selling one e-mail me at
January 5, 2013 @ 9:00 am
For those who do not know, the JD-800 actually has a metal casing. The above write up makes it sound like the entire thing is hard plastic. Only the sides of this synth are plastic! Like many other synth. Granted there is a larger plastic side on the left but the JD-800 is mostly metal.
It is a decent sounding early 1990's digital sample playback synth.
January 4, 2013 @ 6:24 pm
I had this great synth 3 years ago, it has a very very brilliant sound that makes you drift away to another world. I`m very sad I have given it away - it was a little bit to complex for me to program it. I think this is one of the best synths ever made, especially for pad and string sounds, but also leads are very clean and creamy. It has also a very good playable keyboard with sensitive velocity and aftertouch. Also, it has a programable equalizer, a very unique and important feature. Definitively the heart of your synth studio!
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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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