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
mdma is your friend
October 13, 2009 @ 7:30 pm
absolutely ben. killer look with nice orange accents makes you just cream yourself. really cool. but the sound is what makes this really interesting. yes its architecture is different than the d50, but these d50 nipple-anxious boobs blind themselves to a truly great synth. try an init patch and see for yourself.
October 9, 2009 @ 10:28 pm
the jd 800 is the d50s little brother! ! and sounds that way also.go for a d50 anyday over a jd 800. the d50 sounds mature and crystal fresh as the jd 800 sounds immature (cliched). i for sure say the d50 has stood the test of time better.
David DD
October 9, 2009 @ 1:44 am
Why do some descriptions on the site seem made up?

Since when did the metalcase turn into plastic? The plastic on the side is just for design, its metal underneath.

Also it has nothing to do with d-50, totaly different engines and architeture.
October 6, 2009 @ 8:00 am
Yup. In issue 1 of Future Music, Gary Numan stated that the JD800 could do anything his minimoogs could do !
October 2, 2009 @ 9:00 pm
good synth. cant touch the roland d 50 . the d 50 is so much more organic. the jd 800 has got lots more features than the d 50 if you need them. vse rates the d50 (5/5 stars) and only gives (4/5 stars) to the jd 800.the reason being that the d 50 is classier looking and sounding than the jd 800 .
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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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