MATRIXSYNTH: Roland JD-800 Model Expansion on JUPITER-Xm - Quick Review in Description

Wednesday, March 03, 2021

Roland JD-800 Model Expansion on JUPITER-Xm - Quick Review in Description


video by Robert Saint John

"Roland #JD800​ on #JUPITERxm​ - Quick performance, all sounds live on the Xm and from the new JD-800 Model Expansion installed on it (standard Xm drum track).

I had my doubts, but the JD-800 Model Expansion is very worthy of the JUPITER-X/Xm. It may not have analog roots, but it does have character and presence. I didn't expect it to map well to the JUPITER-X (let alone the Xm) controls, but Roland did an outstanding job here. After a few hours, it's quite smooth, especially with our friends 'Shift' and 'Function.'

Most important, I think it really brings an additional class of Tones to the X/Xm that were not there. There's a crisp-almost-crunchy feel to many of the waveforms that are undoubtedly digital but still really useful. And the new multi MFX effects? *chef's kiss* There are some gems in there that will take some time to explore, and it will be great to use them with other Models as well.

Five stars, highly recommended."

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