Synth Site: Roland: JD 800: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Steve B a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I can only underline what is said here. The JD800 is the best of its class. S+S + Filters has never been done better and probably never will be, now. OK, it's not all nirvana - the sysex transmitted from the panel is bulky compared to NRPN, the front panel would be a bit easier to use if the sliders worked on a "pick up" basis, rather than jumping straight to the value produced on movement, but it is still a versatile, easy to use machine. It has been described as "The D50 done right" - hard to disagree with that.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-May-19-2003 at 03:28
mr:synth a professional user writes:
The JD-8oo is one of the five best synths ever made, its pcm but will sound analog FAT, digital wide,it can do it all. Thats why all film composers use it, it does everything, drums, pads,leads, bass,etnic,and so on,,Even tecno. And the sound is exelent.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-15-2003 at 16:13
Psynis a hobbyist user from Visby, Sweden writes:
I´ve got it and i love it; if you are in to programming this is for you. One of the most powerful machines of its time, together with the K2000 and Wawestation. I have problem tough when playing this alongside softsynths ; The 24bit D/As of my soundcard makes this sound kinda dull. I´ve been trying to run this trough an enchancer, but it doesnt quite seem to do the job. Any tips ?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-31-2003 at 15:49
DZ from writes:
JP-8000 is trying to be more new generation Jupiter-line synthesizer, nothing to do with JD-800 but sliders and great interface. I have both JD-800 and JD-990 with Vintage -board and both are just great. I also have MKS-80 and XV-3080 and they all are very different machines. I prefer naturally MKS for better analogue sounds and XV for acoustic sounds and strings. But don't let the interface fool you, go VA instead if you want analogue sounds for trance/techno and better MIDI. Sysex is a bit lame when using many controllers at the same time. Anyway, JD has always made better pads and stuff (atmospheric/ambient) for me than any synth (including Microwave, Wavestation and others).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-19-2003 at 04:20
matrix writes:
Actually the JP8000 is Virtual Analog while the JD800 is PCM Sample Playback, so totally different beasts. The JD800 is a class act. All synths should have realtime controllers.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-18-2003 at 19:49
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