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Roland JD-08


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Roland JD-08

Category:  Products / synthesisers / modeling synthesisers

Added: 03-Dec-23  |  Author: admin

New price: £290  |   S/H price: £225

Roland JD-08

With its retro workflow, evocative sounds, and powerful effects, the JD-800 was a favorite for top electronic music producers through the ’90s and beyond. Combining the original JD-800 waveforms with advanced modeling techniques, the JD-08 delivers the exquisite hands-on sound design of the original, along with hugely expanded polyphony, a two-part polyphonic sequencer, and other modern updates.


So says the Roland website... The JD-08 along with the JX-08 were the two second round releases from Roland's Boutique series which both used the newer Analog Behavior Modeling (ABM) DSP code, offering much higher polyphony that their initital restricted 4-voice ACB (Analog Circuit Behaviour) DSP modeling. With the JD-08 you get a whopping 128 vocies of polyphony which therefore yields a generous 32 voices for any 4 Tone patch being played.


The JD-800 architecture the JD-08 is based on was Roland's sucessor synth to the classic digital D-50, but with a front-panel controller section which encouraged the user to edit & build sounds with that complexed digital architecture. The JD-08 architecture follows the JD-800 but as various reviewers at the time confirmed it is not a copy of the classic JD-800, having some fundamentally different values such as completely differently octave-tuned raw Oscillator waveforms, but it does very much deliver the sounds & character of the classic it is based on. Sounds can be constructed of up to 4 PCM waveform generating Tones accessible via the Tone A, B C & D buttons.

Each 'Tone' has a multimode filter with choices of Hi-Pass, Low-Pass or Band-Pass followed by an amplifier section with the Filter & Amp each having a dedicated contour generator. Modulation is courtesy of 2 LFOs which can modulate the Oscillator, Filter or Amp section.  Up to four of these Tones can be used to build a Patch & the max 4 Tones per Patch can all have independent programming values to create up-to 4 layer complexed sounds. 


Finally at the end of the signal chain the JP-08 has a multi-effects section offering Distortion, Phaser & Spectrum Enhancer in FX Group A, plus Delay, Chorus & Reverb in FX Group B.


The JD-08 adds a decent arpeggiator offering the traditional up, down, up/down, random and As Played modes, with programmable transposition, rate, range, gate length, velocity and Hold. The JD-08 also sports a polyphonic 64-step sequencer with slots to memorise up to 128 patterns & two A/B tracks per sequence

The K-25m keyboard unit



Like all the Boutique range, the JD-08 can be used as a tabletop module triggered from any 3rd party MIDI keyboard controller or directly from any DAW external MIDI track, but a further option is to add the optional K-25m keyboard unit which connects to any of the Boutique modules using an included ribbon cable.


The K-25m is a 25-key, velocity sensitive keyboard designed for use with the Roland Boutique series. Measuring less than 12″ across, the K-25m acts as a dock for any Roland Boutique module, and once in place the module can be tilted at two different angles for easier viewing and sound programming, or can be laid completely flat.


The K-25m retails at around £95 from most music tech suppliers.



Finally, like with most of the Roland Boutique range the JD-08 has USB as a non-battery power source and can also can connect and stream its audio to your DAW via USB & also function as a USB audio & MIDI interface with a mini-jack stereo input.




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