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Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Sean Crighton-Hara a professional user from England writes:
hi all, i had one of these babies way back when they first came out and stupidly sold it, i recently bought one again and still cannot understand why i sold mine originaly. i've had virtually every synth under the sun except the real biggies (ppg et al), and no other synth even comes close to what this lady will do. i had the trinity for a while and always wondered what all the fuss was about, this kybd still blows it out of the water. any sound you can imagine you can make on here. forget using it as a multi synth that really was'nt what it was designed for that was an after thought. think of it as a super d50, (forget the d70 the biggest load of rubbish roland ever released it had nothing to do with the d series and was a direct desendent of the u series) but dont compare the two while a lot of the same sounds can be made they have different sonic strengths but in a head to head the jd will always win. i'll never sell mine again.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-10-2005 at 06:47
Mark a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I have owned many synths in my time but the Roland JD-800 has to be one of the best of all. I just love the lush pads this thing creates, they are so wonderful. I cant understand why later synths from Roland dont sound as good as this, ive had the XP60 and the XP80, and although they are very nice, they dont come close to the JD-800

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-03-2005 at 16:27
Peter Yntema a professional user from Netherlands writes:
I'm playing on this lovely baby for over 10 years now, and it's still one of my favorites. It's on the road every week and never broke down. It's a little noisy in the effects-section, and has limited voices when layering more tones. Great sounds however where your fantasy is your limit. No thinking of getting a replacement for this machine. (hope my englisch is readable)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-26-2004 at 03:32
Jamie Breustedt a professional user from USA writes:
I've had my JD-800 for over 2 years now and it is a permanent fixure in my studio. I'll never part with it. There are no other PCM type synths out there that allow on-the-fly editing like an analog synth, which makes this one unique beast. Don't let the controls fool you, it is NOT a virtual analog, but a full digital synth with nearly every parameter assigned to a front panel control that actually transmits MIDI data, making it indispensible in MIDI recording. Essentially, the JD-800's heritage can be thought of in two ways, with both being true. Roland's earlier success with the D-50 started this whole cycle. The D-50 used an "upper" and "lower" bi-timbral structure to create its sounds. A year or so later, Roland released the "big brother" to the D50, which was the 76 key D70. Oddly enough, it didn't sound anything like a D50. Instead of using the D50's "upper/lower" bitimbral structure, it used a pair of upper and a pair of lower sounds assignments, creating a 4 part structure. So essentially, the D70 was the first inception of what would eventually become the JV series (note the D70 and the JV80 look pretty much identical as well!) Where does the JD-800 fit in? Well, the JD-800 and JD-990 are generally considered to be the very beginning of the JV line, which is true, if you do not consider that the technology behind the JD series was based on the technology of the D70. The JD-800 used the 4 part structure, but adds the analog-style parameter functions directly to the keyboard layout as opposed to creating an empty digital-type board that had an optional PG programmer to edit the parameters, like the D70, D50, all the MKS series, etc... So the JD-800 eventually evolved into the JV series, which became staples in every recordomg studio. However, the basic sound structure of the JV series is directly related to the JD-800, and can be traced back to the original D50.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-02-2004 at 09:47
anonymous a part-time user from USA writes:
Finally got one after 13 years! I think this is one of the unique gems in the synth world. For pads, strings is amazing. Pour a cup a joe dim the studio lights and disappear!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-27-2004 at 09:05
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