Synth Site: Roland: JD 800: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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craig turner a part time user from california writes:
I just picked one up a month ago. After researching many synths I came to conclusion,that this keyboard has the versitility that I need in what music I produce.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:11
Blackstone Hamilton a professional user from US writes:
This is an update to my previous post about this keyboard where I pretty much trashed it. One thing I have learned since then, is that Roland, being Japanese, do not always provide 3-prong grounded power connectors because this is not as common in Japan as in the US. For instance, the MKS-80 also uses the proprietary 2-prong connector. I had my MKS-80 power supply upgraded to a 3-prong, so I imagine you could outfit the JDs likewise. In all fairness, this is actually quite a nice board with a great degree of quality. It has a simply ROM based OS that is won't bug out on you like some of the newer XP/JP stuff. Since it has 4 "oscillators" per voice, it's actually quite powerful. The one shortcomings I still think is prevalent is the fact that there is only one FX processor, and only a stereo out. If the JD-990, which has 3 FX units, recognizes the JD-800 slider movements, then it would make sense to get a JD-990 AND a JD-800 to control it. I haven't contacted Roland to see if this would actually work or not, but it's a cool idea. JDs are inexpensive enough these days that you could actually afford to do this. What I like about the JD architecture is that it's synth engine is based on single-cycle waveforms rather than megabyte after megabyte of ROM. This forces the user to actually develop sounds. Of course, the ROMplers will let you take a single-cycle as well, but the tendency of users is not to think in these terms. This is a nice compromise between subtractive and playback synthesis.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:11
Daryl p a hobbyist user from 0 writes:
The JD-800 is wonderful as long as you don't expect it to be analogue.

It is extremely useful for creating the types of sounds that romplers

(sample playback) do well except you get real time control and the

ability to create and modify the sounds quickly. It's absolutely fantastic

for pads. Sure powerful analogue synths can do some things better, but try

to layer a piano waveform and you'll know why the jd shines. I mostly use

it for strange atmospheres, textures, and pads. And leave the drums to my

sampler, and the ripping analogue filter sweeps to my analogues. It's survived several studio cleanouts and I don't think I'll

sell it. While it's not a replacement for the JP-8000, neither is

the JP-8000 a replacement for it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:11
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