Synth Site: Roland: JD-990 Synthesizer Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Steve B a hobbyist user from UK writes:
As to a front panel editor, how about buying a JD-800?

Double your polyphony and get at the vast majority of the features of the JD-990.

No - I'm not being flippant. At the current S/H prices of these things, it really is a cheap way of solving your problem!

PS - the JD-800 is a real beauty in its own right. Buy and enjoy. A lot

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-16-2000 at 12:06
Gary Evans a professional user from Ovid, N.Y. U.S writes:
AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED, THE JD-990 IS THE BEST SOUNDING SAMPLED WAVEFORM PLAYBACK SYNTH ROLAND HAS MADE TO DATE. I'VE OWNED OR PLAYED A JV30, 35, 50, 80, 90, 880, 1000, 1080, 2080, THE ENTIRE XP SERIES, AND THE A90-EX. THESE SYNTHS CAN'T COMPARE WITH THE JD'S POWER AND CLARITY. EVEN THE JD 880'S SOUNDS DON'T SPARKLE QUITE AS WELL AS THE 990'S. EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS MODULE IS TOP OF THE LINE.

THE ONLY THING I COULD ASK FOR IS A PROGRAMMER. I MEAN A ROLAND DEDICATED PROGRAMMER LIKE THE GREAT PG SERIES FOR OLDER UNITS. EDITING IS QUITE EASY FROM THE FRONT PANEL WITH IT'S BIG SCREEN, BUT A PROGRAMMER WOULD SAVE A LOT OF TIME AND WE ALL KNOW HOW VALUABLE TIME IS!

JUST A GREAT SYNTH. ROLAND PUT A LOT OF TIME AND RESEARCH INTO THIS SONIC BEAST. THAT'S WHY THE NEW LIST PRICE WAS AROUND $2400.00 .

I GIVE THE JD 990 A 5.0 IN ALL DEPARTMENTS.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-16-2000 at 08:43
Tom a professional user from NL writes:
The JD990 is a nice, very fat, allround synth engine, with little limitations (one exp.slot; exp.board patches not easy accesible, only 24 voices) compared to the JV1080/2080. The sound in general is deeper, richer than the JVs because of the analogue filters. You can do anything with this beast, and it's extremely rewarding to dive into. The strings, pads and leads are far better than on any other Roland (except the JD800). Tip: install the vintage exp.board, it has extra JD990 patches exclsively on it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-20-1999 at 21:13
RC a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I agree. It is one the best digital "analog" machines out there. Sold my JD800 for it...but then you lose the sliders of the JD800.Even though it is supposed to be the module version of the 800. The sounds of the JD990 are "punchier" for sure. Also has ring modulator which the JD800 doesn't have. Doesn't have all the great presets of the 1080 though.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:05
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