Roland JD-800

Roland JD-800

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JD-800, Digital Synth from Roland in the JD series.

10 user reviews

Roland JD-800 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Roland
  • Model: JD-800
  • Series: JD
  • Category: Digital Synths
  • Added in our database on: 08/27/2008

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


Roland JD-800 user reviews

Average Score:3.8( 3.8/5 based on 10 reviews )
 3 reviews30 %
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 1 user review10 %

funkysteff's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Mythical"

Roland JD-800
Roland JD 800
64 internal sounds (editable) 64 + sound card optional ram
108 samples


Machine can not be more direct, pedagogical, didactic for programming (in the philosophy of the time)
Everything is easy to program for all orders, all the parameters are physical, facade, and the values ​​shown on the digital display in real time.
The edition is fast, then you can create sounds hair that one would want to hear ... It's the highlight of the bike.
The effect block is of high quality audio today it seems.


Sounds good then:
This is an engine output 91 so she brings in her about everything that has better (and agreed) as synth sounds of the 80s. Must not ask him to make realistic acoustic instrument sounds is not his thing! This is a synth that is done to make synth sounds! This is where he can succeed at the game today!

Top sounds, yet currently remains the evolutionary layers (though less complex than on a Korg Wavestation), some powerful bass sounds, lead and some nice sound pop / rock of the 80s ... with great sound quality! Superb quality filters ..
Where it is very limited this is the number of core samples present in the bike (108) that when hundreds and hundreds of sound banks were surveyed, it always ends up finding the same types of sounds grains or sounds. There are more little surprising or original, must program a patch is finely made in the cocktail samples selected departures (of which there are 4 possible maximum for a patch) to try to hope make a sound that surprises ... Besides Palette feature is very interesting for "mixer" in real time on each sample in the same patch: in terms of volume but also in terms of cutoff, reso ...

The quality of the keyboard except that age well but once again is very comfortable from the point of view of the relationship between touch / load / velocity. The weak point is that we have need of incredible strength (several hundred Newton! Quasi body weight) to use the aftertouch, once it managed the expressive qualities are obvious.


For the time it was the best! Even now I'm a fan of his grain sound. In lots of productions of the time (90) could easily be recognized by saying "Waaah the monstrous synth sound ..."

In Prince album "Love Symbol" at 92 pieces My name is Prince and The Max, the water from the beginning he is the preset "Iceman". In the album "Gold experience" (95) the water that serves as a transition piece between the Endorphine machine Shhh he is, the "Abyss" patch ..

In the very first album Deep Forest, the first piece opens on a tablecloth is still him preset "Swimotion"
In the album Herbie Hancock "Dis is da Drum", the bass sound of the song Mojuba,'m pretty sure it's him ..

The same sound is also used on albums by George Duke "Snapshot" (93) and Love Is Enough "(96) etc ....

Favorite keyboard in the 90 JM Jarre, Tony Banks (Genesis), Michel Sanchez (Deep Forest), etc ...
It has often been used coupled to Korg Wavestation (the other "Pads machine" in the same time) ...

minouagrifffe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" King of the tablecloth and sounds grainy"

Roland JD-800
lots of buttons, enough things to do sons.machine exceptional, very beautiful line, stunning effects (for age), synthetic motor filter very basic but aging typé.machine mal.fragilité contacts and keyboard cursors.


it can just faire.un must for tablecloths evolutives.enveloppes very very sophistiquées.une Machine intuitive.merci buttons Facade


and yes it's pretty froid.mais this is offset by a beautiful grain, very fit does not pale in comparison to an Oberheim, I am the same effect, it makes me want to pummel him his buttons . the filter provides a very character trempé.certe synthesis does not do things delirious, it's playing sample, but the internal waveforms are from famous synthesizers, Oberheim andc.A machine has a block ame.le effect is very beautiful finesse.tres more Just listen to the demo internally to get an idea of ​​the potential be programmed to do pretty the most powerful synth put 10 for the note because it is one of my synths sound like I like preferé


a machine is very posseder.elle so I wanted to say: it is very very beautiful.

Nonolepiano's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JD-800
The keyboard is 61 keys average quality (worse than the keyboard of the M1, better than DX7)
Pitch bend, modulation, portamento keys, solo, and transposes
All parameters are ditables in real time via a slider / paramtre
64 sounds possibility of extension housing rom / ram M256
internal effects
Polyphony, but I do not know limit (24 I think)


Trs simple as a slider for the settings ...
He learned even understand how the gnral synthtiseurs
Manuel suitable


The audio standard is 80/90 in this machine
Do not try ralistes acoustic sounds, it is somewhat in the spirit of D-50:
large tablecloths, sound synths ... but much more standard
You guessed it I'm a fan!
VLOC and aftertouch ok
You want the sound to Jump by Van Halen, and although I put a cot Alesis QSR, a Korg 01W, a Korg Trinity V3 + Moss, a Korg M1, a Yamaha Motif, a Roland D-50, a Roland XP-80 ... Well there is no photo, it's JD, and far away ...... trs trs


Machine must!
Only BMOL, the polyphony, and cursors that would tend to age poorly, but the sound is so standard ...
DEFINITIONS A. It is the synth if I had to keep just one, it would be him!
Aside from the fact that it is not versatile.

lolodilolo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JD-800
Nice synth of 91, bought new and sold after having used two years back.
8 years and used matre keyboard!
CHARACTERISTICS of the main synth is that it is numrique.
The sound is numrique, shiny, cold desire.


Nothing is simple in that simple.


1 - without the sound effects remain inert, sound of pan
of poor quality.
2 - to jump van halen, I know that OBXA Oberheim!
3 - The worst of roland synth I believe in sound quality.
4 - Submitted as big analog sound, the first form of waves 9
t have analog samples of the minimoog. The sound of jd please some,
sr it, but not me because it has nothing to analog.
I have a jv 1080 and I can say that the sound is 1000 times better
on the rack, I also have analog synths real and has nothing
see it. even the juno 106 sounds better.


2 out of 10 for usability. Is the top buttons.
but the ratio price quality is not good.
and so poor in the wealth analogique.Aucune power
no heat. the M. .....

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