Roland JD-800 Center
JD-800 Programmable synthesizerFrom Roland Japan site: "Combining stunning digital sound and sophisticated digital technology with a natural feel and warmth reminiscent of analog instruments, the JD-800 was an instant sensation."
When the JD-800 appeared in 1991, Roland was the first to announce a new trend in the 90's: editability and overview.
The JD-800 become instantly a megaclassical keyboard.
All sliders are dedicated editors just like the original analog synths.
Based on sampling technology, it's a great synthesizer for guitar-like, analog bass or string/pad sounds.
Internal ROM based with CD quality waveforms are combined to build sounds.
This synth become the synth of choice in just about every studio around the world.
It also can be used to control the JD-990 module.
This keyboard is an extremely programmable digital synthesizer that retailed for $3000 when it was first introduced.
Units produced: 24.000 (source bluesynths.com)
Digital Programmable Synthesizer with analog user surface.
Tone Processing functions:
From Roland Roland JD-800 Turbo facts:
Differences between JD-800 and JD-990
The JD-990 is the Supermodule of the JD-800. It have extended capabilities and is a "big plus" to any setup.
For the complete comments by Don Solaris and some DEMOS of the JD-990 visit: Roland JD-990 info and synthesis examples
Thanks to Ian and Don Solaris for this part.
the Machine! Sound Demos:
The JD-800 have two good internal demos, one for each mode (single or multi-timbral).
care of you JD-800:
Reference data from Roland, Manual, etc:
If the above link to Roland UK copy of JD800 Turbo Start guide don´t work, here is a copy found waybackmachine and may be inacurate:
JD800 Turbo Start - PDF version -TJD800 Turbo Start (wayback machine version)
|Technical stuff sites and user
Note: If you need translation from German, French, Japanese, Italian, etc... use http://world.altavista.com or other service...
|Ampersand Audio ?
See the "Gear" section for a good review about the JD-800.
Audiofanzine - French
Bluesynths analogue Synthesizer One of best reviews I have read about the JD-800, very nice pictures and demo sounds (not internal) very good!
Contents of directory mus midi Old stuff for Commodore Computers
Electrozone - Good page in Czech language
Frank's Synthesizer Page - German
Free Synth Place - - Italian (but lots of irritanting pop-ups...)
Harmony Central Synth Database - Very good reviews.
Harmony Central Keys, Samplers & Synths Forum - Sound Demos - This forum topic have good demos for the JD-990, the JD-800 module.
http://www.geocities.co.jp/Hollywood-Kouen/4233/JD800.html - good japanese page with specs.
TTL JD-800 - good page about programming the JD - japanese
jd800lovers Nice site about the JD-800, with a user forum. German
JD-800.tripod.com - Good info and description of the JD-800 Sound Libraries cards and waveforms.
Korg Wavestation Vs Roland JD-800 - Paul Hazel´s article comparing the synths, with characteristics and usefull tips. But you have to read the table of contents, after the "Music Technology" header, Paul wrote: "...By the way: I don't necessarily agree with the conclusions I drew from this article. Without going into too much detail let me just say that I sold my Wavestation and bought a JD-800. D'oh!..."
Liquid Fantasies - Don´t forget to visit this site.
Mark Smart - Excelent page about about creating choir patches for the JD-800, based on the classic VP-330. Patches and sound Demos avalilable, as links to other sites.
Sequencer.de - German
Sonic State - Info and good users reviews
Synthetiseur.net - Accueil - French
Synthetizer Repair - Autotests & calibration procedures - Good site
SysEx - Free MIDI librarian program for the Macintosh
SysEx Database - Site with Sysex messages for the JD and others synths.
|Users around the
world: artists, studios, etc... and some very famous...|
If your homepage have show very clear the JD-800 or have interesting stuff about I will post the link here. Otherwise, I will put only your (or band) name in the list.
Akashic Recording Studio
Alien VS - Werner Solos
Cephalonya - Italy
Chris Meyer - the father of vector synthesis.
Christian Brandt - Germany
Francis Rimbert (His site have some AMAZING patches!)
Guilherme da Luz
Jarrelook - Jean MIchel Jarre tribute band - Good patches!!
Jean Michael Jarre
The Lightfoot Band
Mouse on Mars
Sevag & Lakki Patey
Paul Van Dyk
Pet Shop Boys
Rabbit in the Moon
Stephan Dargel - Secret Voices - good!
Lots of JD-800 images, from medium to big size, users
and studios around the world.
Sorry, no more guest book:
Because of lots of stupid people doing SPAM, the guestbook is closed.
Thanks for all people around the world who wrote messages about this great synth.
My name is Gilberto Strapazon.'., I live at Porto Alegre, Brasil.
Progressive rock keyboard player, composer, writer.
For a little bit of my music visit:
I was reviewed with two page article at BackStage Magazine, at 2004 february.
Click here for my former computer´s programming page.
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