Roland JD-990 Super JD

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The JD-990 is an enhanced version of the JD-800 and was the top o' the line JD-synth. Its rack-mount design and impressive power and functionality within the studio paved way for the hugely successful JV-series rack modules which lead, ultimately, to the XV-series monster-modules! The JD-990 is a digital synth with 6MB of ROM sounds with "analog-like" edit parameters and features. These include lowpass filtering, ring modulation, osc. sync, frequency cross-mod, etc. The JD-990 is also compatible with JV80 and JD800 expansion boards.

The JD-990 has a large LCD display which makes editing very easy and intuitive, you can actually see the envelopes and LFO rates. There's an on-board multi-effects processor with Delay, Reverb, Phaser, Distortion, Chorus, and EQ. For the studio, the JD-990 has MIDI IN/OUT/THRU and eight outputs in four stereo pairs. The JD-990 can hold one internal expansion board and the best choice is to put the Vintage expansion in it because that gives you about 512 patches (Only 255 from JV-series!) of which 256 are specially programmed for the JD-990. It is used by Vangelis, The Prodigy, Apollo 440, ATB, and Mirwais.

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50 Visitor comments
July 18, 2010 @ 8:45 pm
This is the ultimate atmos and pad machine! The warmest, lushest, most spacious and hi-fi sounding synth in the entire history of synthesizers. While the JV series, TR Rack and similar romplers rely on effects to sound good, the JD's clean, dry sound just sounds amazing. A must have for all ambient and soundtrackish composers out there. It's also good for bass and leads by the way, and alot of the presets on it sounds surprisingly good even today. But when you start building your own patches, is when this baby really starts to shine. I luvs my Jay Dee! Luvs her!
Peter Kadar
April 4, 2010 @ 3:07 am
I just got one of these last week. It really sounds incredible, even in 2010. I got the Vintage card with it, and it's incredible. I thnk that this and the V-Synth XT are the two best digital synths Roland have ever made. I have a fully loaded Fantom Xr and I prefer both programming, and the overall sound quality of the 990. It really nails the pop/r&b sound of the early 90's too - like MJ's 'Dangerous' era.

This is a flagship instrument that has a sound quality and presence that I don't think Roland has repeated very often. Maybe it's got better D/A converters or something. Very warm and a nice analog/digital dual personality.
January 15, 2010 @ 11:23 pm
>Eli-Yeah Eli, one at a time and store what you like to memory. Pain in the butt but it's a trade-off I make. As I'm sure you've probably read before the unit really sounds great in any mix. The unit really does have a unique warmth that even contemporary synths can't compare to. If you are looking for pianos, brass, acoustic etc, or other traditional instrumentation this is not that unit. But if you love pads, textures, and everything else there is no substitute.
January 10, 2010 @ 5:30 pm
One of the best sounding digital modules ever made! -Yes that's a bold statement but I have yet to hear anything with the warmth of this module. Any of the roland sound cards shine on this. (especially the Vintage card). @$375 or less on ebay a real deal. Pick up a couple though.The polyphony will drive you nuts!
November 12, 2009 @ 4:06 pm
I have this w/ the vintage card and it's one of the very best-sounding digital synths I've ever heard.
I think I'm in loooove with a digital synth, egads!

prices for these can fluctuate quite a bit. i lucked out on mine, though:
the seller only wanted $375 cash, but ended up taking my little K-Station and a malfunctioning matrix1000 instead.
Best trade I ever made! :D
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 24 voices
  • Oscillators - 6MB of ROM waveform data (expandable to 16MB), 4 osc. per patch
  • Memory - 3 banks x 64 patches (expandable), 3 drum kits with 61 sounds
  • LFO - 2 per patch
  • Filter - TVF: Lowpass/bandpass/highpass-filters with resonance and envelopes
  • VCA - TVA envelopes and pitch envelopes
  • Effects - Delay, Reverb, Phaser, Distortion, Chorus, EQ
  • Keyboard - None
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Control - MIDI (6-part + rhythm part multitimbral)
  • Date Produced - 1993
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