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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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a professional user from Joplin, MO writes:
Hello, I manage a live, weekly family theater show in Webb City. This thing is amazing for filling in the spaces. Any type of music, be it country gosphel or Elvis-rock, whatever...the JD adds the final touch. Our keyboardist owns a XV-88, but usually ends up playing the JD-800. (Actually he MIDI's them together, bounces back and forth). I also run a small recording studio, and the JD has changed the sound of our recordings. We do mostly jingles, and demo/backing tracks for people. Compared to GM boxes, and most modern workstations, the JD kills! Our tracks now sound very professional...alot of quality simply comes out of the JD.

Very recommended!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-08-2001 at 11:55
Kevin Scott a professional user from Springfield, MO writes:
Kick ass. My borther turned me on to these. I was using, among other things, a Memory Moog, Triton rack, JP-8080, TB303. I have basically replaced all of them with the 2 JD-800's I bought. (I didn't SELL the other stuff...just don't use it). Amazing stuff here. The biggest, fattest, widest range of onboard sound making tricks I have ever played.

Roland should make these again.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-08-2001 at 11:46
Rick Hammonds a professional user from Arkansas writes:
Amazing, under-rated synth. Very thick, sweet analog with all the advantages of digital. The great thing about it is, the PCM's aren't a load of "instrument samples". They are abstract chunks of harmonic colr, which makes it easy to do the the sort of experimentation you might do with an FM or additive instrument. Excels at "D-50' type stuff, but with the filtered, basly grit of a classic analog. Plus, those great sliders... An invaluable studio/live tool. As I said, very under-rated. Most V.A. fans and trend-following freaks would do well to check out the can scream, cut, punch, and shread with the best of 'em. (Seriously) And how many V.A.s can do "Crystal Rhodes" or "Stacatto Heaven" type sounds with the touch of a button???? LOL

I realize I sound as though I'm gushing a load of biased praise for the JD-800, but I'm just being honest. I have rarely liked Roland stuff...IMHO the last great thing out of Roland was the Jupiter-8...until 1991.

I use a big mix of instruments in my music, ranging from a minimoog, Prophet-5, D-50, PC-sampling, many different instruments. If I had to choose ONE instrument to cover everything, it would be wothout a doubt, the JD-800.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-08-2001 at 11:40
sjmojo a professional user writes:
i got mine in 96 for $900,its classy,good looking ,its a 90s a6 on the shape,its got plenty of sliders and a orange dislpay.but the sound is quite digital,well,its pcm actually.good strings and pads,bass is not as good as that in my jd990.anyway,its good synth in its class but mine got damaged after my cat climbed over ny a-tier keyboard stand,then i sold it cheap at $600. my other 2 friends also got this great synths but they face the same problem recently,the keys got stuck and the glue melt inside,so ,if u also got this great synth,be sure to check it verey half year or stre it in a air-conditioned room all the time,otherwise,u will be upset or hard to sell if u decide to get rid of it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 13:18
John a professional user from USA writes:
I have owned my JD800 since 1991. I have had several very serious offers to sell it, but have always turned them down. There seems to be an almost cult-like following with this unit. It is a very powerful and dynamic keyboard... I have yet to hear anything sound as phat, let alone have as many features and adjustments. A true analog synth lover's dream come true.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-29-2001 at 21:52
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