Synth Site: Roland: JD-990 Synthesizer Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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neven dayvid a professional user from berlin writes:
very comprehensive editing here. lovely advanced features like modulation fade in time, analogue feel (adds random instability), ring and cross modulation. the menu is quite helpful, any synth this complex will not be very easy to edit, but it´s logical enough and in no time you should be able to program sounds even without a manual. i use mine stacked with a kawai k4, and find they complement each other well, the kawai adding some midrange grit. quite amazing. don´t judge either of these two great machines by their presets, because they are a) lame b) way too low volume c) hardly use the resonance to its full capability. sometimes i stack it with my jupiter 6 and get the best of both worlds. it´s funny how affordable older technology becomes. this should be worth 600 Euros.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-03-2005 at 05:01
Mitch a hobbyist user from USA writes:
For all it's faults, I still love the JD-990. Faults = 24 note polyphony (at best)... closer to 8-10 notes on complex sounds, sometimes it is a bit tricky to edit (rocket science), etc (read the other commentaries on this site for other downsides of the 990. But it is still an addiction soundwise. I've owned 4 over the years and after welling the last one I thought I'd sworn off 990's for good... but as luck would have it a few months ago someone sold one on E-bay with the Vintage Board for $250 Buy it Now, so I bought it. I went right back to hating it when I tried to program it though (JP-8080 is much, much easier (especially if you are a keyboardist from the 70's). Searching E-bay to find a good selling price for it I stumbled across another less-than-bright individual selling a JD-800 for $450, so instead of selling it I bought the 800 to use as a programmer for the 990 (not to mention all the great things you can do with the 800). So with easy editing and the extra 256 sounds on the Vintage Synth expansion (only accessible) on the 990, I've decided to keep it and will be adding a few more as well (JD-990's can be linked together and used as a single synthesizer... the owners manual says you can link 4, but Roland says it's actually 8). If you decide to control you 990 with a JD-800, here is the settings you will need: Set the JD-990 "RX-Exclusive" to "ON 2" Set the JD-800 "TX Edit Data" to "ON" Warning: Do Not turn off the JD-800 or you will have to reset the TX Edit Data to "on" each time.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-07-2005 at 21:42
I don't think the 990 will be a classic, though I will agree the 800 will. The 990 has some extra features but is not an easy unit to work with regardless of it's big screen. The 800 is so much more fun and intuative. You will have great fun. As a module the 990 is ageing.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-10-2004 at 08:40
Dwayne a professional user from livermore ca writes:
Well i heard alot of stories on the JD990 and the JD800 and il say this , there both good peices of gear and just like everything else it has its strengths and weakness as well but the JD800 is a nasty beast with all the power of editing control you can have and to pair it up with the JD990 makes a perfect duo , Were the JD800 comes up short the JD990 backs it up , also the JD990 filters are sweet and its prob why roland left it alone and didnt spin of any JD series modules after the JD800 & JD990 and i own both , Also when they first came out on the scene it was bad enough to see all that power in control in a layout such as the JD800 plus the JD990 made you choke because back then both units were exspensive as hell specialy the JD990 , Also i hear some people comparing the Jv series to the JD990 & 800 , On that note the Jv series are good but to me the Jv series all sound a like from the 1010 on up until you get to the 3080 & 5080 which both sound great but has some trade offs like sample playback in the 5080 . i also hear the JD800 is a full blown D50 done right and the JD990 layout helped the 5080 but who cares ..but all in all the JD series are good and now you can get your hands on them at a good price since th emarket is flooded with soft synths and and latency headache check out ebay alot gear is droping and falling out dirt cheap on there it a must to have these to great units because pretty soon the way everything is going they will be classic's as well !!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-27-2004 at 17:02
Donitzi a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
I got it just about two hours ago and have now fiddled with it about 30 minutes. The sound is AMAZING!!! I own JV-1080 as well but it sounds like crap compared to JD-990. Okay, not really but the difference is HUGE! Everyone has told about the crispines ja clarity. It's real.

The 24 voices is cruelty. Double it and it would be the best synth ever. I thinkin of selling the JV and getting an other JD... well that's 48 voices;-)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-27-2004 at 09:13
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