This video, via sonicstate, takes a look at the SuperNatural synth engine and sequencer of the new Roland JD-XA hybrid synthesizer:
This is part 2 of Nick Batt’s review. Part one is a review of the JD-XA analog synth engine.
Batt notes that “The JD-XA has a pretty massive sound sculpting potential, with the four analog voices plus 64 SuperNatural and effects you can create some huge soundscapes.” But he was less impressed by the JD-XA’s plastic case and the readability of the synth’s black on red color scheme.
Roland JD-XA Hybrid Synth Architecture
The JD-XA’s analog side features a discrete, four-part engine with true analog filters and a direct dry output.
Each part has two oscillators, along with filter and amp sections and four envelopes with incredibly fast attack and response times. There are also two LFOs with super-smooth coverage from ultra-slow to ultra-fast.
After building an analog sound, users can route it directly to the dry output, or send it to the onboard digital effects to shape the sound further.
On the digital side, the JD-XA is equipped with a four-part, 64-voice sound engine powered by Roland’s SuperNATURAL synthesizer technology. The engine is compatible with the synth engine from the INTEGRA-7 sound module, a favorite of top producers, composers, and sound designers. This allows users to take advantage of the large library of custom INTEGRA-7 sounds, available for free at Roland’s Axial website.
For more info on the Roland JD-Xa, see the Roland site.