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Roland JD-800


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Roland JD-800
Roland JD-800
1 700.00 street price

JD-800 is a Roland’s digital synthesizer launched in 1991. The instrument provides 24 voices when one tone is used and reduces the polyphony to 6 notes when 4 tones are active (a patch can include up to 4 tones). The synthesis is based on proprietory Linear Arithmetic technology which is a combination of sample playback and digital synthesis. There are 3MB of PCM ROM for storing 108 waveforms which can be expanded up to 1MB. JD-800 is 5-part multitimbral (+ one drum part). TVF is Roland’s famous Time Variant Filter represented in the unit structure with a resonant multi-mode filter.

Memory delivers capacity for 64 patches. The front panel is laid out with multiple controls including sliders and knobs for comprehensive editing ensuring quick and open patch programming. Some of built-in waveforms are short and are created to liven up the attack, just to add to the sound while others are comprised to receive some long-evolving pads. 7 effects can be applied in a single mode bringing some vibrance while 3 effects are available in a multi mode.

The editing and adjusting is a hands-on process: layer buttons can operate in real time for switching the tones and in an edit mode for choosing the parameters you want to adjust, while palette sliders will edit the settings (recently triggered parameters) of all 4 tones independently and simultaneously or help to achieve the balance between tones in a patch.

The unit was used by Vangelis, Duran Duran, Keith Emerson, Jean Michel Jarre, William Orbit, The Prodigy, Tangerine Dream.

Tags: digital synthesizer

Country of origin / production: Japan

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Usage area
Performance Synthesizer 
Digital (D) 
Multi Timbral Capacity6 part(s)
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Synthesis Method Digital Subtractive
Oscillator Type Digital
Technology of Sound Generation PCM
LAS (Linear Arithmetic Synthesis) 
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator): Waveform Count108
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator): Waveform ROM3 Mb
Programs/ Voices/ Timbres
Digital (DCF) 
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
Band-pass Filter (BPF) 
MIDI in/ out
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Number of Keys61
Display type EL
Display type TFT
Color resolution Monochrome
Display count3
Built-in controllers
Pitch Bend/ Modulation Lever 
External controllers
Expression foot pedal 
Audio out
All voices mixed in one output 
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)4
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified1
Preset Memory Slot/ Wave Expansion Board1
Sound Synthesis Slot1
Voltage 230V
Voltage 240V
Voltage 120V
Voltage 50Hz
Voltage 60Hz
Power consumption30 W
Height108 mm
Width1040 mm
Depth420 mm
Weight15 kg
Case/ body
Production start1991
Production end1993
Production ended

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