Synth Site: Roland: JD-990 Synthesizer Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Really good. But buy the JD800 instead. It is capable of more than your inspiration and programming skills will aspire to. The sounds are the same and it looks great. This module is worth 4 because other modules and the 800 are superior.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-21-2003 at 04:28
Desmond a professional user from NYC writes:
The JD990 has phatter sounds and is closer to a real synthesizer for sound designers, than the JV or XP stuff. If you have Emagic sound diver or MOTU unisyn you will be able to edit the hell out of the JD990. If you want real sounds like piano, guitar or drums get a good sampler like the K2600 or the MPC3000, or get a real band.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-29-2003 at 08:17
I agree. Like I said. I didn't talk of sounds, just interface. JD sounds better. I have JV-2080 and JD-990 side by side in the rack. My JD is updated with Vintage board. JD's engine is not better but audio converters are better sounding. Usually I cut some highs with JD's main eq section. JD is the best digital synth of Roland but now I'm not talking of pianos and flutes.

posted Friday-Jul-25-2003 at 04:11
skape from USA writes:
This unit has some great sounds but I kinda hate editing on it. I just don't like scrolling and editing...but if you know what you are doing then it's all good. This thing has some good funk guitar sounds, basses, string and pads. The horns are okay but the pianos aren't that great. The unit sounds very warm and real. It lacks on expansion board slots (only one), but hey....this thing came out before the roland jv's did.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-May-23-2003 at 01:36
Craig a professional user from N.E. UK. writes:
Hmmm...not so sure. Clearly a JD990 is no match for the 2080. I own both and know. The use of silly and expensive midi controllers is also no match for the 60 sliders,,neither is a pc editor. A JD800 links well with a 990. Few realise the full wack of the 990 because of its interface...the normal story....dial and buttons...yuck! Making sounds with the JD800 is hard enough when you go in deep. I love the crisp sounds of the JD990 and respect its massive sound creation abilities. The JD800 is just the biz. Better? Sorry, yes. The 60 sliders more than make up for its shortcomings when compared to the 990. Both are great bits of kit, though. JD990 ageing...hmmm...yes...but gracefully. It still has bags to offer.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-May-19-2003 at 17:23
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