Synth Site: Roland: JD 800: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Brad McClintock a part-time user from USA writes:
Nice...waited 10 years to buy it. Have done alot of computer/midi stuff, so I am used to sounds with 45 layers and songs with 452 tracks of MIDI/wav it's nice to hear some character.. As with anything, it gets better the more you put into it...(as opposed to listening to the factory patches..) I think the best part is the styling..very cool.. if it didn't, it should have won some Industrial Design Award...up there with Dodge and Apple... A nice instrument to just have and play, like some people have pianos...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-28-2000 at 19:40
laser pastel a professional user from Italy writes:
The JD-800 was a marketing flop, and this could be cynically considered the definitive proof of its high quality. Its synthesis engine is rafinate and extremely powerful even by today's standard: 4 fully independent osc per voice, adjustable random pitch to emulate analog osc unstabilty, very good filter, envelopes and lfo, and every parameter of such a synthesis chain has its own slider! The effect section is superlative in single mode with gorgeous distortion and phaser, but only adequate in multi mode Anyway, every patch, be it in single mode or multi mode, has a useful three band EQ section. Almost every timbre falls in its sonic range; especially old Roland jupiter and Oberheim sounds are well reproduced... 24 OSC can seem too few, but a JD-800 needs only few keys depressed to dominate a mix. I got it used in 1992...In the very middle of the General Midi paranaioa..every friend of mine that came to see it and listened and and edited it, finally bought one for himself. Nobody of them sold it, neither did I. The only drawback: cranking the filter resonance beyond 50% of its range can result in an unpleasant distortion, so keep it low and remember it's not an analog!...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-21-2000 at 16:52
daniel a part-time user from sweden writes:
very inspiring indeed. the best digital synth ever made, fun and easy to program.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-01-2000 at 02:02
Frode Jakobsen a professional user from Norway writes:
This synt is the most user friendly syntesizer ever !!! It have a enormus amount of HI FIDELETY ! In my life I have had the joy to test and own over 100 different syntesisers and keyboards from 1983 untill today (2000). AND I CAN TELL YOU ...... THIS SYNT IS THE BEST !!! There are other great maskins on the marked , but this one from 1991 , are so powerfull it can compete against them all . But remember it`s NOT a WORKSTATION , It`s not a sampler .....It`s a SYNTESIZER !!!! The best Digital syntesizer ever !!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-28-2000 at 13:07
Michael Godfrey a professional user from us writes:
I got a JD-800 to program my JD-990.

The JD-990 is a prettier synthesizer. That, with the "Vintage Keys" expansion board inserted makes the JD-990 out of this world.

The JD-800 is okay. It's not as expansive as the 990, rack version.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-16-2000 at 17:47
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