Roland brings back the JD-800 as a soft synth

By the early ’90s, preset-driven digital synths with limited hands-on controls dominated the synth-driven landscape. The JD-800 changed all that in 1991, bringing the synthesizer world back to its roots with a massive control-laden panel and an aggressively electronic sound palette. Combining the original JD-800 waveforms with advanced modelling techniques, the JD-800 Model Expansion brings the gleaming tone and monster sound-shaping potential of this vintage digital icon to your DAW and compatible Roland hardware.

With its retro workflow, evocative sounds, and powerful effects, the JD-800 was a favourite for top electronic music producers through the ’90s and beyond. Built directly from the original architecture, the JD-800 Model Expansion captures the sonic behaviour of its vintage inspiration to perfection.

Model Expansions are designed for speed and performance in modern production. When hosted in ZENOLOGY, they take full advantage of the plug-in’s intuitive interface, efficient CPU usage, touch-friendly controls, and easy resizing. And you can swap Model Expansions and load sounds instantly, with no disruption to your work flow.

To try out the synth for yourself, you’ll just need a Roland Cloud account and Zenology Lite, and best of all, both are free. You’ll get a 30-day trial to give the JD-800 a test drive. If you’re already a Roland Cloud Pro or Ultimate subscriber, you’ll have immediate access. Otherwise, the synth can be bought with a Lifetime Key for $149. Found out more here.


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