Roland JD-08 Boutique Desktop Synthesizer Module

Get the steely and complex electronic sounds of the classic JD-800 synth with the Roland JD-08, a faithful recreation housed in a desktop synthesizer module.

Note: K-25m keyboard unit sold separately.

Digital classic. Modern flair. Authentic recreation of the Roland JD-800 synthesizer in a modern, portable instrument. 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. 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.

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 read more 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


- Authentic sound and behavior of the original JD-800 realized with advanced sound modeling
- 108 original waveforms for extensive patch design possibilities
- Includes the original 64 presets plus 21 new presets
- Two-part, 64-step polyphonic sequencer with motion recording, random pattern generator, and memory for 128 patterns
- Onboard arpeggiator
- Two-part multitimbral with expanded polyphony
- Four-part structure for tone layering
- Detailed recreation of the JD-800's unique two-stage multi-effects section
- Editable distortion, phaser, spectrum, enhancer, delay, chorus, and reverb
- Multi-phase time variant envelopes for complex, evolving sounds
- Palette sliders for quick parameter adjustment
- USB-C audio/MIDI interface, full-size MIDI I/O, and external clock input
- Portable design for mobile music making
- High-quality construction with metal front panel
- Powered via batteries (4 x AA) or USB-C
- Control information can be sent and received via MIDI and USB-C
- Built-in powered mini speaker for instant enjoyment
- Compatible with optional DK-01 Boutique Dock or K-25m Keyboard Unit
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-User Memory:
- -Sound Patch: 256
- -Pattern: 128
- Rear Panel
- POWER switch
- VOLUME knob
-PALETTE Section:
- TONE A--TONE D sliders
-LFO Section:
- LFO SELECT button
- RATE slider
- DELAY slider
- FADE slider
- WAVEFORM button
- OFFSET button
- KEY TRIG button
-WG Section:
- KEY FOLLOW slider
- WAVE FORM knob
- LFO 1 slider
- LFO 2 slider
- T1--T4 sliders
- L1--L4 sliders
- ENV SELECT button
-TVF Section:
- MODE button
- CUTOFF FREQ slider
- RESO slider
- ENV slider
- KEY FOLLOW slider
- LFO SELECT button
- LFO slider
-TVA Section:
- LEVEL slider
- BIAS POINT slider
- BIAS LEVEL slider
- LFO SELECT button
- LFO slider
-TONE A--TONE D buttons:
- ARPEGGIO button
- NOTE button
- COMMON button
- EFFECTS button
- START button
- EXIT button
- VALUE knob
- BANK 1--8 buttons
- NUMBER 1--8 buttons
- MANUAL button
- Distortion
- Phaser
- Spectrum
- Enhancer
- Delay
- Chorus
- Reverb
-Step Sequencer:
- 64 steps
- 4 notes (Polyphonic)
-Display: 7 segments, 4 characters (LED)
- -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)
-Power Supply:
- Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4 or Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
- USB bus power
-Current Draw: 500 mA (USB bus power)
-Expected battery life under continuous use: Ni-MH battery: Approx. 6 hours (When using batteries having a capacity of 1,900 mAh.)
* This can vary depending on the specifications of the batteries, capacity of the batteries, and the conditions of use.
- 300 (W) x 128 (D) x 49 (H) mm
- 11-13/16 (W) x 5-1/16 (D) x 1-15/16 (H) inches
-Weight (including batteries): 840 g / 1 lb 14 oz
- Quick Start
- Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4
-Options (sold separately):
- -Keyboard unit: K-25m
- -Boutique Dock: DK-01
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 7 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): JD-08
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 14 x 7 x 3 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): JD-08

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 323-890-3700

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted June 22, 2023 by Chris S in LOWELL, MA

"Kick Butt Little Synth!"

Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Honestly been looking at these boutique series for a while so i grabbed the JD 08 and the little keyboard for it to link up with my MPC One. I've been really impressed with my recent roland purchases. I got this, the S -1 Tweak Synth and a SP 404 mk 2 all pretty recently and i incorporated them into my MPC work flow. The reason I didn't get the little juno boutique is i have the new Jura plugin which i really like! I use USB midi on my JD 08 to use the keyboard with the jura plugin until my mpk mini plus arrives! I really like being able to layer patches and easy tweaking for live performances. My set up is really starting to come together in a work flow i can really get used to, while I have a model cycles a drum brute and numerous other gear electribes etc etc I don't use them like i have been using my mpc one and roland gear. i think im going to set up a second dawless area when i have more room with that other gear, i might try to use the FM synth engine on the Cycles sequenced out from my MPC one but it feels weird using it just for one track? tho i think each track runs on a different midi channel so maybe i could do multiple tracks with the MPC. The fun of owning gear!

Musical Background:

Band Leader in highschool, section leader for drum line

Musical Style:

hip hop punk pop rock EDM
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