The Roland JD-800 is a classic digital synth that stands out for its incredibly hands-on interface.
The JD-800 was introduced in 1991, at a time when menu-driven digital synths dominated the market. Roland responded by creating a synth that they wanted to be easy to program and play:
‘The JD-800 is designed to make it fun to create sounds. So please go ahead and move those sliders! We hope you will make lots of different sounds; original sounds with which to play your original music.”
- from the JD-800 manual
In this video, composer Paul Baraka demos the factory presets of the Roland JD-800, and then offers a small review of the synth.