Roland has released the JD-800 Software Synthesizer. The plug-in brings the sounds of the 90s classic to your DAW, including all original presets and a bunch of new sounds.
Roland JD-800 Software Synthesizer
After releasing the JD-800 expansion for Zenology and the Jupiter-X/Xm back in March, it seemed like only a matter of time until Roland would release the synth as a plug-in in the Roland Cloud, as well. Now the JD-800 Software Synthesizer has arrived, so you can bathe in early 90s digital glory right inside your DAW. Roland says that the software synth has been developed to sound and behave exactly like the original hardware.
The JD-800 appeared at a time when most synths were knobless, lifeless digital workstations following in the footsteps of the Korg M1. The JD-800 was, of course, digital, too, but it brought back a controller-laden interface that gave you direct access to all essential synthesis parameters. It was also an unapologetically electronic instrument, which set it apart from the piano, brass and choir driven ROMplers of the time.
The JD-800 Software Synthesizer includes all 64 original presets. It also features 64 additional presets designed by renowned sound designers. The polyphony has been increased compared to the original hardware. According to Roland, the software synth uses the original waveform data along with advanced modeling techniques to provide and authentic recreation of the JD-800’s sound.
Also included is the 2-stage multi effects section of the JD-800 with seven effects (chorus, phaser, enhancer, distortion, spectrum, delay, reverb), which can be arranged via drag&drop to create a custom signal path for your sound.
Price and compatibility
The Roland JD-800 Software Synthesizer is now available as part of the company’s Cloud subscription plans. The Ultimate plan for USD 199/year gives you access to the entire lineup of software instruments. A 30-day trial of the subscription is available. If you opt for the Pro plan (USD 99/year), you can choose from two legendary instruments. Roland also offers lifetime keys for its various virtual instruments, but at the time of this writing, no price for the JD-800 had been posted on the company’s website yet.
The JD-800 Software Synthesizer runs on Windows and macOS (Apple Silicon compatible) in VST3, AAX and AU formats.