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Roland JD-Xi

Analog+Digital Crossover Synthesizer

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Roland JD-Xi
Roland JD-Xi
550.00 street price

Roland JD-Xi is a hybrid synthesizer, developed as a crossover-concept devicet which includes an analog and digital synthesizer in one housing. The 3-octave instrument is characterized by 4-part multitimbrality. Its analog section consists of a mono DCO with 3 waveforms to choose from, a sub-oscillator (1-2 octaves below), a low-pass filter (LPF) of 24 dB and an analog amplifier (VCA). As for the digital part - it contains two parts: one operates on PCM samples and another is a drum synth. Each of the two digital parts allows 64-note polyphony and is built on a full-featured Roland SuperNatural engine with a depth of editing that is not as amazing as in the FA series, Integra-7 or Jupiter - which are more powerful in piano sounds and have a wider collection of samples, - though still impressive.

JD-Xi is focused on dance music and offers a wide range of 256 digital, 64 analog presets and 32 drum kits (453 drums). You can tweak the settings for editable filter and amplifier envelopes, digital filters, modulation and LFO. Digital components can’t be processed via analog filters or can’t be layered on an analog section, as it is possible to in Roland JD-Xa, but the problem gets somehow solved thanks to a sequencer. JD-Xi has a chic set of effects, including distortion, fuzz, compressor, bitcrush, flanger, phaser, ring modulator, slicer, delay and 6 types of reverb.

This mini synthesizer represents a nice price/quality/functionality ratio. Therefore, its price tag doesn’t fall, although it has already been a while since it was launched, and to boost some public interest, firmware updates with new sounds are being released, as well as special limited series in red and white colors. Buy all three of them, you won’t regret!

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Country of origin / production: China

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Usage area
Synthesizer 
Performance Synthesizer 
Usage Design/ Form Factor
With Keys 
Archetype
Hybrid, Digital+Analog 
Polyphony
Analog Voices1
Digital Voices128
Voices129
Multi Timbral Capacity4 part(s)
Tone Generator / Sound Synthesis
Roland
SuperNATURAL 
Oscillators per voice1
Sub-Oscillators per voice1
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Sine
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Pulse Width Modulation (PWM)
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Triangle
Waveform/ Spectral form (main generator) Saw
Filter
High-pass Filter (HPF) 
Low-pass Filter (LPF) 
Band-pass Filter (BPF) 
12dB 
24dB 
Resonance 
Envelope Generator (EG)
Attack 
Decay 
Sustain 
Release 
FilterADSR
AmpADSR
Effects
Reverb 
Chorus 
Compressor 
Delay 
Vocoder 
Bit Crusher/ Crush 
Fuzz 
Slicer 
Ring Modulation 
FX Units4
Equalizer
Parametric 
Sequencer
Tracks count4
Step Sequencer 
Pattern Sequencer 
Tempo (min value)5
Tempo (max value)300
Arpegiator/ Portamento
Arpegiator 
MIDI
General MIDI v2 (GM2) 
General Standard (GS) 
MIDI in/ out
IN 
OUT 
Keys
Type Synth Action
Velocity Sensitivity 
Size3
Number of Keys37
Display
Display type TFT
Color resolution Monochrome
Built-in controllers
Pitch Bend Wheel 
Modulation Wheel 
Encoder1
Potentiometer13
Button48
Audio out
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm)4
Analogue: 1/4" (6.35mm) headphones preamplified1
Computer Interfaces
USB USB PC Link
USB MIDI through USB
Power
Amperage1 A
Dimensions
Height85 mm
Width575 mm
Depth245 mm
Height3.4 in
Width12.6 in
Depth9.6 in
Weight2.5 kg
Weight5.5 lb
Case/ body
Plastic 
Color
White 
Black 
Red 
Production start2015

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