Synth Site: Roland: JD 800: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Mav_901 a hobbyist user from England writes:
I used a JD 800 synth at my College and I thought it was really ace. I am looking to buy one of these wonderful synths in the near future, so if anyone local has one they want to sell, let me know! (People in the West Midlands only please) The programmability of the synth is so easy and intuitive that you are straight away encouraged to delve in and find out what all those controls and buttons do. One program I created had so much resonance that it nearly blew the amp! I found that the move away from a menu driven system back to dedicated controls and faders was a real plus point to this piece of equipment. Another synth that looks cool and sounds cool.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-02-1999 at 06:17
farkost a professional user from Sweden writes:
With This machine you can do almost anything. Beautiful pads and strings sounds, Fat & nasty basses. Fuzzed analouge stylish brass sounds. And strange groove effects. One great thing for FX is that you can use up to 8 combined different LFO's that together makes a cool computer-freak-out-groove! Buy one now!!! (best built in distorsion I ever heard)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Mar-06-1999 at 09:18
Mark a part-timer user from PLUTO writes:
THE MONSTER! Need some sounds? Phat pads `n stuff...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-10-1999 at 11:58
Dennis Provisor from USA writes:
FAT FAT FAT< CRISPY. FUNKY CLAVS, TO DIE FOR HORN SOUNDS, LEAD GUITER COMPLETE WITH FEEDBACK TONE---NASTY. There are some that have better flutes, voices,etc, but I've been working with it for years and I couldn't gig without it!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-27-1999 at 23:17
quadraBraineâ„¢ a professional user from Amerika writes:
This information applies to the JD-990 as well.

I thought I'd include some info about the voice architecture. While the 800/990 tout 24 voices, they should really have said that it has 24 oscillators which can provide UP TO 24 voices of polyphony.

The voice architecture is just about the same as the JV line. That is each patch can be composed of up to 4 "tones" in Roland lingo. What this means is that you can assign up to 4 oscillators to a patch. The difference between analog synths and the JD/JV setup is that each oscillator is more like a layer because each oscillator get its own filter, amp env, etc. Because these engines support different filter types HP, LP, BP (and BR I think), you can have a pretty complex patch with an almost vocal character (if you know what you're doing).

The down side is that each osc takes away from the total polyphony on a 1 for 1 basis. If you have a patch with 4 tones, pressing down 3 keys takes up 12 voices. Press down six keys and you're maxed out. THAT'S why you hear complaints about polyphony.

Realistically, you should be able to create some pretty decent sounds with just two osc per voice.

You may also hear about the JDs sounding fuller and better than the JVs. This could be for a number of reasons, but since I'm not a Roland engineer, this isn't gospel. It's likely that Roland compressed the data on the JVs in order to include more samples at a bargain basement price. I've heard it said too that if you play too many notes at once on the JVs/XPs that it sounds crumpled and MIDI timing suffers. Obviously they are using different chips and this has bearing too. Lastly, there are the D-A converters. I have a feeling that Roland started scrimping on the analog components to squeeze a little more profit out of these mass produced boxes.

So it may well be that the trade off of polyphony is worth it. After all, I have a Matrix 6 and it's only got 6 voices.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-04-1998 at 21:04
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