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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125 Visitor comments
Richard Bates
August 19, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
This is a great synth, one can spend hours programming new and different sounds, especially pads and strings. I really suggest purchasing the Strings sound cards expansion, I can't imagine my JD800 without those cards. The string pads you can create with those cards are incredible.
August 13, 2013 @ 1:28 pm
This synth is largely responsible for all psygone songs such as
mynextsynth com
July 6, 2013 @ 6:14 am
JD-800 has been used also by JayDee (Robin Albers) in two ways:
1. He took his pseudonym from it (JD sounds JayDee),
2. He played the famous "Plastic Dreams" in 1993.
Defective Nation
June 29, 2013 @ 8:43 pm
This cost £2700 new, could this be a reason why it is so heavy! I think that most comments about the thin, sharp/too bright/sterile sound must have been made by users who only use presets/bought patches as most over-use the effects section. It can sound a little like the D50 but this is a DIFFERENT synth and is most at home playing pads. However, with careful and judicious editing amazing sounds can be created including decent analog emulations, basses & other useful sounds and, if you really want it to it can sound like many other synths

Had mine since they first appeared & will not sell
scott sleigh
June 7, 2013 @ 8:17 am
Mine has just arrived today and my god it is every bit as beautiful as it looks here, at first it throws you, but when you dig in the programming it is every bit worth the money! I promise you GET THIS SYNTH and you will be glad you did - utterly fantastic!
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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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