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Get more info: Since the beginning this site tryes to be a compilation center of the best sources for the JD800. Not a copy.
So please, visit the sites at the Links section for lots of much more very good information.

quarta-feira, 27 de janeiro de 2010

Roland JD-800 Filters and Aftertouch

Two videos by moretacos1. Visit is page at Youtube, there are lots of good material.

Mean while, I selected two:

Great Filters. Program or just move the sliders as you want.


Much more than the demo, much more than pads

If you want to listen some other uses of this synth, like playing some guitar leads and stuff like that then watch this until the end.

Roland JD-800 Synth Demostration, performed by S4K (Space4Keys)
Note: The the keys of his JD are broken, so he uses other keyboard as master controller.

Roland JD-800 and JD-990 Movies and great sounds at Youtube

Youtube have many movies with the Roland JD-800. Some have best sound qualiy, others not.

Remember, the JD-800 is a massive sound machine so don´t be cheated if some video have not all that quality we expect. Go after the best demos you can and use the best audio players, like headphones or good speakers.

Of course, the JD-800 is a fine top level synthesizer. You can listen to other machines, like the JD-990 module, or similar quality machines, like the Roland V-Synth and Phantom, the Korg Triton, the Nords, etc.

I will start with a good movie from that great people from Retrosound.de.

Vintage Roland JD-800 synth demo by RetroSound. See the machine in action. Some typical sounds from the Roland JD-800 Synthesizer. Not so good audio quality, but very impressive.

See more Youtube synth videos from Retrosound.

Next, two better audio demos:

Audio part I - Analog and digital type pad sounds:

Audio part II - Wow! Some of the JD like pads!:

segunda-feira, 25 de janeiro de 2010

Manuals: JD800 and JD990 (Updated)

The Roland JD-800 and the JD-990 have strong sound features and the user manuals are a "must have" to anyone who wants to use in depth all resources and to learn about sound synthesis.

Roland has made manuals for most of their products available as free PDF downloads.
This material is @ Roland Corp.

English Language Manuals



JD-800 Owner´s Manual 

8.982 Kb

Roland US 

Roland FTP - UK 

Google Docs.

JD-800 User´s Guide

Roland US 

Google Docs

JD-800 Midi Implementation 

424 Kb

Roland FTP - UK 

JD-800 Turbo Start Guide

62 Kb

Roland FTP - UK 

JD-800 Service Manual

39.2 Mb

Google Docs

JD-990 Reference

28,5 Mb

Google Docs

JD-990 Owner´s Manual 

7.675 Kb

Roland US 

Roland FTP - UK

Google Docs

JD-990 User Guide

6.333 Kb

Roland US

Google Docs
JD-990 Turbo Start Guide

Roland FTP - UK 

JD-990 Patch/Waveform/Rythm List

1.348 Kb

Roland US

Google Docs

The Original Japanese manuals:

Japanese Language Manuals



JD800 User´s Guide


Google Docs

Here the 3 manuals from Roland.jp site

JD800 Reference Part 1-4


Google Docs

JD800 Reference Part 5


Google Docs

JD990 User´s Guide


Google Docs

Here the 2 manuals from Roland.jp site

JD990 Reference


Google Docs

From www.bluesynths.com:
"We HAVE TO add this user manual to the literature list. It's simply a
great piece of synthesizer literature. Contains not only detailled
explanations, drawings and graphics about each part of the JD-800, but
also lots of background information (music theory, how to create
realistic string sounds, about using effects, etc). 200 pages."

sexta-feira, 22 de janeiro de 2010

RIP Geocities

Geocities has gone and all material the original we had collected.

Has I´m really short in time, I will be posting here almost as possible.

Thanks for visiting and support this great synth!

quarta-feira, 20 de janeiro de 2010

The Roland JD-800: A Great Synth - Short History and Specifications

Year 1991

Roland JD-800 Programmable synthesizer

"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 mega-classical 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.

Almost patches was created by Eric Persing.

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.

Real-time controls

Great overall sound.

It´s really beautifull.


61 keys, Velocity, Channel aftertouch, 4 velocity curves


24 voices

6 Parts Multitimbral (Multi mode): 5 part multitimbral + drum mode

Sound memory:

64 internal RAM patches storage positions plus 64 Rom-card


ROM based digital synthesizer

Tone generation:

S+S (Sampling and Synthesis) with resonant filters.

6 MegaByte ROM with 108 PCM Waves, expandable by PCM Rom Cards.

CD Quality waveforms

24 db Filters

108 internal source waveforms:

  • 13 Analog waves
  • 22 digital waves
  • 10 samples
  • 16 percussion samples
  • 9 overtones
  • 4 piano's
  • 17 attack transients
  • 6 wind samples
  • 9 noise
  • 2 effect samples
You can also add waveforms from ROM plug-in cards


Keyboard: Good action 61 keys, fast, light, and smooth, with velocity, channel aftertouch.attachment and the weight it is attached


  • 1 2x22 characters-LCD,
  • 1 2x16-characters-LCD,
  • green or orange backlight.

125 buttons, knobs and sliders on the front panel, being 75 dedicated for sound editing. All this send out recordable sysex! You can control the JD-990 with it.

Tone Processing functions:


  • Pitch
  • TVF - Time Variant Filter (18 bit)
  • TVA - Time Variant Amplitude
WG - Waveform Generator

Dynamic filters and Amplifier,

2 LFOs · with 5 waveforms

Effects processor:

2 Effect chains

1x Mono

1x Stereo

  • Phaser
  • Distortion
  • Spectrum
  • Enhancer
  • Chorus
  • Delay
  • Reverb
  • 3 Band EQ


From Roland Roland JD-800 Turbo facts:
  • SL-JD80 Series:
A diverse library of Waveforms and Patches ranging from Acoustic, Dance and Rock drums to Strings, Brass, Pianos and even Accordian. Each set contains both a Waveform card and a Data card with 64 patches which utilize the sounds on the Waveform card.
  • SO-PCM Series:
These cards contain new Waveforms for use with either the JV or JD-series synthesizers. The JD-800 can use these Waveforms to enhance its internal library and allow users to build new Patches.


These are the original Jd-800 sets. Each have two cards, one for patches and one with waveforms.

  • SL-JD80-01 Drums & Percussion STANDARD
  • SL-JD80-02 Drums & Percussion DANCE
  • SL-JD80-03 Rock Drums
  • SL-JD80-04 Strings Ensemble
  • SL-JD80-05 Brass Section
  • SL-JD80-06 Grand Piano
  • SL-JD80-07 Guitar Collection
  • SL-JD80-08 Accordion

The JD can use waveform PCM cards from JV series.


  • SO-PCM-01 Piano Selection
  • SO-PCM-02 Guiter & Brass
  • SO-PCM-03 Rock Drums
  • SO-PCM-04 Grand Piano
  • SO-PCM-05 Accordion
  • SO-PCM-06 Baroque
  • SO-PCM-07 Orchestral FX
  • SO-PCM-08 Country/Folk/Bluegrass

Memory Cards

You can save memory data using standart M-256E cards or compatible as the M-512E. Note, using the M-512E won´t give you double memory.

The cards save patch data, not waveforms.


  • Mix Out - Stereo (L/R)
  • Direct Out - Stereo (L/R)
  • MIDI in, Out, Thru;
  • Sustain, Control pedal
  • Headphone,
  • Card Slots for Patches and PCM data


Power source: AC100V (50/60Hz)

Electric power consumption: 25w

External size: 1040 (W) ×420 (D) ×108 (H) mm

Weight: 15 kg


Roland M-256E Ram Card
Roland M-512E Ram Card (only 256kb used)
Roland DP-2 damper pedal
Boss FS-5U momentary type footswitch
Roland EV-5 Expression Pedal
Roland EV-10

Important notes and disclaimer:

This is a fan-page.  I have no relation with Roland Corporation.

This page was done because I found myself lost and I start to colect info around the world. All information I found is posted here.

Please, don´t write asking how to do something. Save your time and go directly to the user foruns and sites.


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