Synth Site: Roland: JD 800: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Alan Williams a part-time user from USA writes:
Rich, lush, exciting and musically expressive, built with Roland high quality standard. The dedicated knobs and sliders on the JD-800 are a refreshing change from the page-through digital interfaces.

Change sounds on the fly, flex your programming muscle and soar on a machine that combines nice live performance features and a powerful synth engine. Excellent filters and plenty of LFOs.

The only real disappointments I've experienced is the onboard FX section (compromised) and the short production run, resulting in a lack of aftermarket for the additional Waveform cards. (carries 108 on board). The Brass and String ROM cards are valuable add-ons. Some samples are stretched too far, and there is a little aliasing in the upper registers of a few.

From acoustic emulation to new sound creation, this is a breakthrough , warm, classic machine. Definite 5.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-24-1999 at 23:52
matrix writes:
The JD-800 is a top of the class synth. Amazing sound and amazing control. It's too bad control was lost with digital synths in general. Why do people think knobs=analog? This is one of the few synths that actually deserves a solid 9.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-24-1999 at 20:38
Steve B a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I've owned one now for a few months and it's just great! I was reading an interview with Rick Wakeman (in SOS, I think), and he said that, in his opinion, the machine was a disaster for Roland because it offered too much, too soon.

When it was released, people didn't want the controllability it offered and it fell between too many stools.

I guess it still waits rediscovery like the TB-303 had.

I find it an excellent all round synth. It's NOT a workstation and should not be judged using the same criteria.

And Uncle Rick reckons it is his second favourite soloing synth of all time, just after the Minimoog.

Draw your own conclusions.

But don't make up your mind until you have actually played it and edited sounds live while you are playing. There are far greater possibilities than just opening and closing the filters on a voice.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-24-1999 at 08:35
Juno14 a professional user from USA writes:
Gotta tell ya...besides having a serious case of gear lust for this from way back when i couldn't afford anything, I am somewhat saddened to say that this isn't that great. I can make just as many decent sounds with my CS1x as i can with this. I think the samples and waveforms are far to weak, and while it does have excellent control and a very nice keyboard feel, I would spend my money elsewhere

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-23-1999 at 19:03
Gerjan a part-timer user from The Netherlands writes:
I have mine for about 8 moths and i think the JD 800 Is a verry interesting synth. Only just because is an analogue looking synt ???

I don't think so. Yes, i agree that the sounds could be a litle bit better, and it is not the finest instrument to transport, but the programming and the playing (i think the JD 800 keyboard is one of the finest i own) are so cool that it don't bother me that much.

I think a Jupiter8 or 6 (maybe even a JUNO 60)will be better if you are looking for the real analogue Roland sound.(the JD-800 is a sample based synth, but you knew that already) That does not mean that the JD 800 sound bad at all, but you know.. analogue is a different thing in synthland.

If you like expirimenting with patches and fx, you want to do analogue-like programming and you also want a real cool looking and playing syth: the JD 800 is your mate.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-21-1999 at 08:25
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