Roland JD-800 Model Expansion for ZENOLOGY / Jupiter-X

Roland goes its own way. Which is currently the ZENOLOGY way. Ah yes, Zen: A school of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China during the Tang dynasty. It emphasizes rigorous self-restraint, meditation-practice, insight into the nature of mind and nature of things. Roland’s nature of things is all about technology, hence ZENOLOGY – what else ?! Latest highlight is the virtual replica of the JD-800 synthesizer. Now available in many ZEN-based instruments – in the ZENOLOGY / ZENOLOGY PRO software synthesizer as well as in Roland’s current hardware / software flagships Jupiter-X and Jupiter-Xm.

Roland JD-800 Model Expansion Software Synthesizer

“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. Built directly from the original architecture, the JD-800 Model Expansion captures the sonic behavior of its vintage inspiration to perfection. Instantly create with the large preset selection—including 64 presets ported from the JD-800 hardware—or get lost tweaking the huge array of controls to conjure new sounds for your music.”

Roland JD-800 Model Expansion Software Synthesizer

Roland JD-800 Model Expansion Software Synthesizer

Roland JD-800 Model Expansion Software Synthesizer

Voilà – the JD-800 Model Expansion Highlights at a glance:

  • Model Expansion for ZENOLOGY and compatible ZEN-Core hardware
  • Authentic sound and behavior with advanced modeling and original JD-800 waveforms
  • Includes 64 presets from the JD-800, plus 64 new presets crafted by top sound designers
  • Detailed recreation of the JD-800’s unique two-stage multi-effects section
  • Over 90 effects including JUNO and CE-1 choruses, SDD-320 Dimension D, SBF-325 flanger, and more
  • Clear, intuitive interface for free-flowing production
  • Expanded polyphony versus the original hardware
  • Swap Model Expansions and load sounds instantly

Roland JD-800 Model Expansion Software Synthesizer

Roland JD-800 Model Expansion Software Synthesizer

The crux of the matter: What does “authentic sound and behavior” mean? Honestly, we have no clou. We don’t want any authentic sound, we want the original sound (no matter what it is, but – please – the original sound). Anyhow, it won’t take you by surprise that we are a little critical of the idea of ​​cramming hardware (sounds) in software. Whereby the software is by no means the problem, but the manufacturer’s suggestion to the music world that all those original instruments are now available via ZENOLOGY. Particularly cheaply or even free of charge, and with equivalent good (authentic!?) sound quality.

Apart from that, ZENOLOGY has two undisputed pro-arguments. First, the possibility of graphic visualisation of any complex voice architecture (take, for example, the JD-800 multi-stage envelopes …). Second, the comfortable sound collection of many legendary Roland synthesizers in “one” ZEN-core package.

That sounds mysterious and seductive.

Roland JD-800 Model Expansion

Software Expansion for DAWs and ZEN-Core based hardware-synthesizers

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“Es genügt, einen Ton schön zu spielen” sagte der Komponist Arvo Pärt im Jahre 2005. Diese Aussage ist ebenso einfach wie ich auch exzellent: Es braucht kein Meer an Tönen, denn entscheidend ist der Klang. Dass so mancher Vintage-Synthesizer der 70er und 80er Jahre teils unerreicht hochwertige Klänge liefert, steht außer Frage. Doch tatsächlich leben wir “heute” in einer nahezu perfekten Zeit. Einerseits hat man – mehr oder weniger – noch Zugriff auf die Vintage Analogen, andererseits wird auch bei Neugeräten die wichtige Komponente des hochwertigen Klanges wieder zunehmend berücksichtigt. Doepfer, Cwejman,, MacBeth, Moog, GRP, Studio Electronics, COTK, John Bowen und andere Hersteller bauen hervorragende Synthesizer, die den “Klassikern” in nichts nachstehen. All diesen (alten wie neuen) “großartigen” Instrumenten ist Great Synthesizers gewidmet. _________________________________________________________ In 2005 composer Arvo Pärt said: “Playing one tone really well is enough”. In other words, it is sufficient to play one tone 'beautifully'. I agree with that. All musical efforts are focused on the sound itself. Although I studied classical music (piano and drums), it’s the electronic sound that inspires me. Synthesizers are the epitome of new sounds and exciting tonal spheres. Today, many companies produce high-quality - excellent! - synthesizers: Doepfer, Cwejman, MacBeth, Moog, GRP,, COTK, Studio Electronics, John Bowen and others. It's their products I'm really interested in ... apart from Vintage Synthesizers, which I have been collecting for 20 years. Subsequent to our former websites Bluesynths and Blogasys, Peter Mahr and I have now created GreatSynthesizers. We hope you like it.

1 Comment

  1. Lorenzo

    Yes, we all love the old physical hardware, but today I find also useful and convenient to have a digital replica virtually identical to the original (digital) hardware.
    With enough study and effort it’s possible to have a 1:1 replica of a digital circuit in software.
    The same is much more difficult with analog hardware.

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