Synth Site: Roland: JD 800: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Gerjan a part-time user from Netherlands writes:
still wondering why this thing hasn't got an arpegiator. That would make my babe complete, tho...it's a great synth!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-22-2000 at 06:50
PWR a hobbyist user from France writes:
This Synth has become something of a fetish for me. It's a constant source of inspiration. You can use it in just about any style of music. My JP8000 is good fun, but it just doesn't have the same seamless sound quality of the JD800. The JD has become something of a cult-synth in my home country (Great Britain), mainly due to those incredible pads. Pads are this synths strong point. In fact, I going to get rid of the JP8000 ( I'm replacing it with a Yamaha EX5R ), but I'm definately hanging on the JD !

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-13-2000 at 16:53
opus a professional user from us writes:
This is an awesome synth. I have had mine for about six years. I play live over 100 dates per year. I have never had any trouble with it. It is kind of heavy, especially in the flight case, but much lighter than the K2500XS in the case. With a little tweaking, the ac. piano is excellent. Almost as good as the A-90. In fact I actually use the JD-800 for my main ac. piano sound. It beats the the XP-80 and the K2500 (even with a 128 meg piano sample cd!!!) I get a lot of compliments from sound techs about the quality of the piano sound coming out of such a non piano looking instrument. Also the Brass ROM set beats my Kurzweil and XP-80 for brass section sounds, In fact the JD 'ROM' brass section are the best that I have heard anywhere. I'm not talking about individual brass instruments, just the 'brass section'. One more favorite patch is the wailing guitar patch. I tweaked it just a bit, and I picked up a few licks from the guitar Gods like Hendrix, Page, Vai, Van Halen. Using picth bend and modulation and when I use that patch for a lead following the 'real' guitar player, a lot of the audience thinks he's still playing...only a lot hotter (hehehee)!!! These are the main sounds I use on the JD-800 on my current situation. For other projects I use it as an analog, for pads, etc. But I think the JP-8000, or a Nord Lead is more suited for strictly 'analog' simulated sounds. But overall the JD-800 and JD-990 both have excellent sound quality and are must haves for any serious keyboardist!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-12-2000 at 06:30
avagadro a professional user from The States writes:
I must say... This synth.. regardless of what anyone says here. is absolutely incredible. It is lush... It fills holes left by other synths. It is absolute and complete.. in addition to being one of the most programmmable and tweakeable synths available. I have a virus, nova, and nord and this still produces the best pads for a leading melody. Don't kid yourself.... all are great...and all are capable. This JD sings. The JD 800 is and will be a classic. Those who want to argue other wise can waste their breath. This synth is alive. Even steady monotone sounds are rich and full. Thicken without being overstated. Very classy. Very cool. This keyboard is a catch. Don't pass one by.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-25-2000 at 21:24
Novalis a professional user from Italy writes:
I own it since 1991 and it's the only synth I've never thought to sell.Probably It was the first Virtual Analog Synth of all the times.Unfortunately 109 internal waveforms are not a good number to work with.Igot now many problems with sliders(cutoff) because they change value while I'm playing (probably because of the dust)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-18-2000 at 09:29
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