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SKU: JD-08

Product Description

Roland expands its collection of compact recreations of iconic synths with the JD-08 sound module, a faithful recreation of the JD-800. The JD-800 was a beloved '90s digital synth, appreciated for its complexity and gleaming sound. The JD-08 Sound Module takes all the perks of its forerunner and expands them to modern full power, with an increased polyphony, a two-part polyphonic sequencer and more.

Key Features:

  • Authentic sound and behaviour of the Roland JD-800 
  • Includes 64 original presets and 21 brand new presets
  • Two-part, 64-step polyphonic sequencer with motion recording, random pattern generator, and memory for 128 patterns
  • Editable distortion, phaser, spectrum, enhancer, delay, chorus, and reverb 
  • Detailed recreation of the JD-800’s unique two-stage multi-effects section
  • Battery powered (4xAA) or USB-C powered
  • Compact and portable design

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In the Box 

  • Quick Start
  • Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4

Here's what Roland say about the JD-08:

Inspiring sound design at your fingertips.

By the early ’90s, preset-driven digital synths with limited hands-on 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. 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 that are at the core of the JD-800’s intricate, evolving sound.

Expanded sound for the modern age.

While the original design of the JD-800 is retained in this modern version, there are a range of updates that take the experience to another level. New patches plus 256 memory locations let you dive deep into the huge array of controls to create new sounds for your music. And with expanded polyphony and two-part multitimbral capability, there’s even more room to stretch out your sonic ideas.

Music that moves.

Once you’ve locked in your patches, fire up the two-part polyphonic sequencer and start programming leads, basslines, or basic chords to sync with other pieces in your electronic ensemble. And to bring some animated movement to your sounds, tap into motion recording and the onboard arpeggiator to make your musical lines dance. 

MIDI, USB, and external clock input.

The JD-08 features a built-in USB-C audio/MIDI interface, so you can play, record, and synchronize with all types of computer production software. Full-size MIDI I/O is also available for interfacing with other MIDI hardware. There’s even an external clock input for driving the JD-08’s onboard sequencer and arpeggiator from vintage analog instruments and modern Eurorack systems.

Grab your keys. Hit the road.

The compact JD-08 fits just about anywhere and is easily controlled from a master keyboard or computer DAW. It can run on standard AA batteries for hours of uninhibited jamming, and there’s also a built-in speaker for on-the-go sound monitoring. Add a DK-01 Boutique Dock for a polished look and three convenient tilt positions, or grab a K-25m Keyboard Unit to create a fully self-contained, portable instrument.


  • User Memory: Sound Patch: 256, Pattern: 128
  • Controllers: Rear Panel, Palette Section, LFO Section, WG Section, Pitch/TVF/TVA ENV Section, TVF Section, TVA Section, ToneA--Tone D Buttons 
  • Effects: Distortion, Phaser, Spectrum, Enhancer, Delay, Chorus, Reverb
  • Step Sequencer: 2 part, 64 steps, 8 notes per part (Polyphonic)
  • Display: 7 segments, 4 characters (LED)
  • Power Supply: Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4 or Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4, USB bus power
  • Connectors: EXT CLOCK IN jack: Mono miniature phone type, PHONES jack: Stereo miniature phone type, OUTPUT jack: Stereo miniature phone type, MIX IN jack: Stereo miniature phone type, MIDI (IN, OUT) connectors, USB port: USB Type-C(R) (Audio, MIDI)

Written by Anna Colombo


Customer Reviews


15 reviews





Trusted Customer29th Feb 2024

I used to own a JD800 and a JD990 but had to drastically downsize recently. The JD08 sounds very close to the original and the increased polyphony and patch storage is very welcome. Only downside for me is that the filter does not have the same character as the original. Having said that the JD08's filter is quite useable, and the factory presets do a good job of sounding the same as the original presets. Lastly, the TVA bias point controls seem like a waste of front panel space when velocity or mod LFO control may be more useful on the front panel instead of in a menu. Overall, really happy though.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Trusted Customer13th Feb 2024

Lovely reimagining from Roland of the JD-800 just the presets alone are enough to get started with this let alone all the waveforms and tweaking options for sound design! The only thing negatives is the lack of any cables to connect it, so if buying make sure to get a USB cable, there's also a problem with Roland Boutiques where using USB midi will cause a noise ground loop but that's easily fixed with an isolator that can be found cheap or you can just the MIDI Din connections to solve it

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Mr Mike Helme29th Jan 2023

Beautiful made and very able programmable synth.

Value 5Looks 5Sound 5

stephen bloomfield15th Jan 2023

This item is a powerful little beast. Takes some time to learn to get the best out of it but when you do it's sounds awesome.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Trusted Customer2nd Sep 2022

Easy to use and fairly intuitive … menu diving is a learning job but persevere.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer30th Aug 2022

Great synth no editor no sysx etc Too small pir this in a bigger format eh rack would be great.

Value 5Looks 3Durability 3Sound 5

Trusted Customer17th Aug 2022

Sound is superb - some really nice sounding pads. As with other Roland boutique products, some of the controls can be a bit fiddly, the sliders in particular, but otherwise quite usable. One notable change is the move to a USB-C connector for connecting to a computer. I didn't have one to hand, so had to make a separate purchase to get one - just something to bear in mind. Really pleased with this synth, there are loads of nice sounds that can be tweaked to your heart's content!

Value 4Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

Trusted Customer9th Jul 2022

Value 5Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

Trusted Customer5th Jun 2022

Great synth module, will take some time to get to know as programming is quite deep but lovely sound

Value 4Looks 4Durability 4Sound 5

Mr Jason Ross4th Jun 2022

An amazing synth for a reasonable price, sounds very much like the original Roland JD800

Value 5Looks 5Durability 4Sound 5

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