MATRIXSYNTH: Roland Announces JX-08 and JD-08 Sound Modules

Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Roland Announces JX-08 and JD-08 Sound Modules


video upload by RolandChannel

"The compact-yet-powerful JD-08 Boutique updates the iconic JD-800 synthesizer for your modern workflow. Known for its extensive hands-on controls and an unapologetically electronic sound palette, the JD-800 helped define the sounds of the ‘90s and beyond. The JD-08 faithfully recreates the vintage instrument using the 108 original waveforms and advanced modeling techniques to deliver the signature JD sound design workflow. Plus, modern upgrades, including expanded polyphony and a two-part polyphonic sequencer, give you deeper music creation and editing freedom.

The compact JD-08 fits just about anywhere, and with updated USB-C audio/MIDI and full-sized MIDI jacks, you can play and synchronize with almost any piece of gear. There’s also an external clock input to sync to vintage analog instruments or modern Eurorack systems.

Add the legendary JD-800 experience to your modern studio with the JD-08 Boutique model.

More Details:
• Four-part tone structure, multi-phase time variant envelopes, and palette sliders
• Includes the original 64 presets plus 21 new presets
• Detailed recreation of the JD-800’s unique two-stage multi-effects section
• Editable distortion, phaser, spectrum, enhancer, delay, chorus, and reverb
• 64-step, two-part polyphonic sequencer with random pattern generator
• Onboard arpeggiator  
• Two-part multitimbral with expanded polyphony
• EXT CLOCK IN to drive the internal sequencer and arpeggiator

In this video:
0:00 – Intro
1:19 – Sound Demos
2:51 – Real-Time Control
3:47 – Sequencing
6:46 – Triggering"

Roland Boutique JX-08 Synthesizer: Overview and Demo

video upload by RolandChannel

"The JX-08 Boutique reacquaints you with the unique voice of the classic JX-8P synthesizer, with some major upgrades. A staple of the ‘80s, the JX-8P was famous for its warm pads, shimmery chorus, and crystalline tones. Now, you can add this iconic synth experience to your modern studio with the JX-08 Boutique model.

The JX-08 offers a range of powerful new effects, expanded presets, and a polyphonic sequencer. Explore over 100 new patches for a more contemporary sound or use the hands-on editing functions, included on the unit and ported over from the original companion PG-800 programmer, for the ultimate JX experience.

The compact JX-08 fits just about anywhere, and with updated USB-C audio/MIDI and full-sized MIDI jacks, you can play and synchronize with almost any piece of gear. There’s also an external clock input, so you can sync to vintage analog instruments or modern Eurorack systems.

More Details:
• 32 original presets, plus 111 new presets
• 17 new effect types including JUNO-106 chorus, LO-FI Comp, and Pitch Shifter
• 64-step, two-part polyphonic sequencer with random pattern generator
• Onboard arpeggiator
• Two-part multitimbral for playing multiple patches with dual and split capabilities
• Expanded polyphony compared to the original hardware
• EXT CLOCK IN to drive the internal sequencer and arpeggiator

In this video:
0:00 – Intro
1:44 – Sound Demos
2:46 – Real-Time Control
3:32 – Sequencing
5:17 – Triggering"

And the press release:



"The Roland Boutique lineup expands with new modules based on the vintage JX-8P and JD-800 synthesizers

Los Angeles, CA, November 9, 2021 — Roland announces the JX-08 and JD-08 Sound Modules, the latest additions to the award-winning Roland Boutique lineup of compact electronic instruments. The JX-08 offers a scaled-down recreation of the JX-8P, one of the last analog synthesizers produced by Roland in the 1980s and a highly sought-after piece for vintage synth fans. The JD-08 is a compact reproduction of Roland’s JD-800 synthesizer, an influential digital instrument from the early 1990s loved for its complex, gleaming sound and comprehensive hands-on control.

In 1985, Roland’s innovative JX-8P took hybrid keyboard design to the next level, fusing analog synthesis with precision digital control. Top session players instantly embraced its compelling new voice, forever embedding the instrument's warm pads, shimmery chorus, and crystalline textures into the most popular songs of the era. The JX-08 reintroduces the unique sounds of the JX-8P in stunning detail, coupled with powerful new effects, a polyphonic sequencer, and more.

The JX-08 features expanded polyphony, two-part multitimbral capability, and dual/split modes. It also includes 32 presets from the original hardware and 100-plus new patches tuned for contemporary styles. And to enhance the creative workflow, there’s a full panel of hands-on controls derived from the companion PG-800 programmer unit for the original hardware. After crafting sounds, users can store their creations in 256 preset slots for easy recall.


By the early 1990s, preset-driven digital synths with limited tactile controls dominated the landscape. The JD-800 changed all that in 1991, bringing the synthesizer world back to its roots with a control-laden panel and an aggressively electronic sound palette. 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.

The JD-08 includes 64 presets from the original hardware and perfectly recreates the four-tone structure, 108 waveforms, and unique two-part multi-effects behind the JD-800’s intricate, evolving sound. It also features a miniature version of the well-stocked JD-800 control panel, giving users an inspiring selection of sliders, buttons, and knobs for on-the-spot sound manipulation.

The JX-08 and JD-08 feature a built-in USB-C audio/MIDI interface for working with computer production software, along with full-size MIDI I/O for connecting with other MIDI hardware. An external clock input is also available on each unit, allowing users to drive the onboard sequencer and arpeggiator from vintage analog instruments and modern Eurorack systems.

Like all Roland Boutique modules, the JX-08 and JD-08 are highly portable and can run on USB bus power or batteries. Each module also includes a built-in speaker for mobile sound monitoring. And when mounted in an optional K-25m Keyboard Unit, the JX-08 or JD-08 can be used as a compact, all-in-one synth with 25 velocity-sensitive keys.

Availability & Pricing

The JX-08 and JD-08 Sound Modules will be available in the U.S. in January 2022 for $399.99 each."

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