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Roland JD-XI Integrated Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer

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JD-XI Integrated Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer

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JD-XI Integrated Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer
JD-XI Integrated Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer
JD-XI Integrated Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer
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Powerful compact Synth with onboard pattern sequencer and vocal FX

Tiny, mighty, and affordable, the JD-Xi puts a true analog synth engine, Roland's famous SuperNATURAL synth sounds, and many other creative tools under one hood. Equipped with 37 mini keys, this compact instrument delivers fat, warm analog bass and lead tones with ample controls for hands-on tweaking, plus polyphonic PCM essentials like pads, strings, brass, and more. Create impressive loops in a flash with the pattern sequencer and built-in drum kits, and explore expressive vocal textures with the gooseneck mic, Vocoder, and AutoPitch. Small in size and large in versatility, the JD-Xi is all about big sounds and big fun!


Features:

• Interactive crossover synthesizer with analog and digital sound engines
• Analog synth section provides authentic lead and bass tones
• Two digital synth sections with SuperNATURAL synth tones and 128-voice total polyphony
• Four-track pattern sequencer and high-quality rhythm sounds
• Included gooseneck mic for use with built-in Vocoder and AutoPitch
• Process sounds with four simultaneous effects (Effect 1/2, Delay, Reverb)
• USB for audio/MIDI communication with computer music software
• Includes a large selection of ready-to-play sounds and patterns
• Additional sounds and patterns available for download at Roland's Axial sound library site

ANALOG AND DIGITAL SYNTHS IN ONE KEYBOARD

With its unique crossover sound engine, the JD-Xi provides the best of both worlds: the warm, smooth response of classic analog, and the clarity and versatility of modern digital. The newly developed monophonic analog synth section features saw, triangle, and square waveforms with pulse-width modulation and an analog filter, plus an independent sub oscillator for low-end power. Two digital synth sections offer 128-voice polyphony and a wide range of high-quality SuperNATURAL synth tones, including pads, strings, electric piano, sound effects, and many others.

BUILD LOOPS WITH THE FOUR-TRACK PATTERN SEQUENCER

Using the intuitive pattern sequencer and large selection of onboard sounds, youre able to create and perform sophisticated music with only the JD-Xi. The sequencer offers four separate trackstwo digital synth parts, analog synth, and drumsallowing you to build rich-sounding loops for any genre. Real-time and step recording modes are provided, along with a special TR-REC mode for programming in the style of Rolands classic TR-series beatboxes. Its easy to play patterns and tweak sounds as you perform, and many preset patterns are built in for jamming right out of the box.

PRO DRUM KITS FOR HIGH-IMPACT BEATS

Packed with a variety of dynamic drum kits, the JD-Xi delivers quality rhythm tones to suit any groove. Included are many types of electronic and acoustic kits, and the drum instrument assignments are conveniently labeled above the keys for quick identification. You can also personalize the kits for your music by adjusting filter, envelope, pitch, and pan parameters on individual drum sounds.

SHAPE SOUNDS WITH IMPRESSIVE EFFECTS

The JD-Xi includes four simultaneous effects sections for enhancing any sound. Effect 1 and 2 provide selectable processing options such as Bit Crusher, Slicer, and Ring Mod, while dedicated Delay and Reverb sections make it easy to envelop sounds in spacious ambience. Each effects section can be turned on/off separately for the three synth sections and drums, allowing you to shape your mix with many creative combinations.

Specifications:

KEYBOARD
Keyboard: 37 mini keys (with velocity)

SOUND GENERATOR SECTION
Maximum Polyphony: 129 voices (Digital Synth/Drum Kit: 128, Analog Synth: 1)
Parts: 4 Parts (Digital Synth Part: 2, Drums Part: 1, Analog Synth Part: 1)
Tones: Digital Synth Tone (SuperNATURAL Synth); Analog Synth Tone; PCM Drum Kit *For an analog synth tone, the oscillator, sub-oscillator, and filter sections consist of analog circuits.
Effects: Effect1 (Distortion, Fuzz, Compressor, Bit Crusher); Effect2 (Flanger, Phaser, Ring Mod, Slicer)
Delay: 2 types
Reverb: 6 types

OTHER
Pattern Sequencer: 4 Tracks
Vocal Function: Vocoder; Auto Pitch; Auto Note
Other: Favorite, Arpeggio
Controllers: Pitch Bend/Modulation Wheel
Display: 16 characters 2 line LCD
Connectors:
- Headphones Jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
- Output Jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4-inch phone type
- Input Jack (LINE(MONO) / Guitar Input): 1/4-inch phone type
- MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT)
- USB COMPUTER Port (USB Hi-Speed AUDIO/MIDI)
(Use a USB cable and a computer with a USB port that support Hi-Speed USB.)
- DC IN Jack
- MIC Input Jack: XLR type, unbalance
Power Supply: AC Adaptor
Current draw: 1,000 mA
Accessories: Owner's Manual, AC Adaptor, Microphone

SIZE AND WEIGHT
Width: 575 mm (22-11/16 inches)
Depth: 245 mm (9-11/16 inches)
Height: 85 mm (3-6/16 inches)
Weight: 2.2 kg (4 lbs. 14 oz.)
*Weight is excluding AC Adaptor.

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Love my JD-XI 0 of 2 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Winnipeg (Henderson), Manitoba
Ok. You can make patterns in no time at all & tweak EVERY sound (even every individual drum sound), but I've taken this little gem a little further. First, it needed a couple of physical upgrades. I applied the matte/white lettering overlay & replaced the unsightly red inlays on the sides with classy homemade wooden ones - there, that's better. So the MIDI channels are, by default: Track 1 - Digital Synth - Channel 1 Track 2 - Digital Synth - Channel 2 Track 3 - Drums - Channel 10 Track 4 - Analog Synth - Channel 3 Now I have unashamedly jumped on the Behringer clone bandwagon, but whatever, they're fun & I have 6 of them & intended to get a couple more. Anyway, I chain up 3 of them to my JD, set their MIDI channels to 1, 2 & 3. Now turn the volume down on each track of the JD, using the AMP/ENV knob. Now I can play/sequence my Behringers through the JD & switch between them by selecting whatever track - simple. Pretty much like having an Arturia Keystep (I think - I've never tried one.) I keep the drum channel for the JD's drums - but - I have an old Roland SP-808 (I know right?) & here's where I've maxed the JD out. On Track 3 (drums), the sounds physically only go up so far on the keyboard, leaving the last 11 keys in the high octave with no sounds on them. I chain in my SP-808, set it to channel 10 & configure the 808's pads to trigger sequentially on the first key that has no drum sounds on it & now I can add samples in the mix. Unfortunately the SP-808 only has 4 note polyphony, but whatever, what more do I need? Well, I can always layer in the internal sounds on the JD, by just turning up the AMP/ENV knob for each track. Technically, using the 3 synth tracks for external MIDI & layering the internal sounds on top of those + the 4 note polyphony of the 808 + the drum track on the JD, that gives me 11 tracks to play with (imagine hooking up an SP-404!) I am ultimately very happy with the JD-XI & am actively seeking out another used one.
Posted by JW on Mar 4, 2022
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This one's a keeper! 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Winnipeg (Wall St), Manitoba
I bought the JD-Xi back in 2016 and always find new hidden features. The best aspect of all is as a composition tool. If you are looking for a synth to get you writing song ideas, this synth is it. I also love the ability to fine tune your sounds and save them with customized titles. Very important for live shows when you need to get your sounds ready quickly! The sounds are great, and I think it will remain a keeper for any synth collector. I have not broken any keys playing gigs in Winnipeg, but I also know to adjust my playing when not in a weighted key keyboard. If you are recording, it is a good idea to plug into a larger keyboard with midi cables to give you the bigger range. I would recommend getting the overlay after you purchase this synth, and to experiment with using an SM58 into the mic input for better sound. That is what Zedd did with his JD-Xi on "In the Middle".
Posted by Bert Johnson on Feb 10, 2021
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Good but better with the upgrade! 2 of 2 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Hamilton, Ontario
Upgraded the stock patches with Ultimate Patches for JD-Xi and this thing ROCKS now!
Posted by Kayden on Sep 18, 2017
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Features at the cost of production quality 5 of 5 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Winnipeg (Wall St), Manitoba
Ok. First things first. I love this synth, a lot. I've had it over a year now and filled up half of the 256 user song banks with full songs and sketches for multiple albums. If you can tolerate menu diving, it has some solid synthesis options. The filter is pretty steppy, and makes it hard to get your parameters just right when you find a perfect sound, but you can usually work around it. Getting this synth saved me from having to buy a separate drum machine and other synths just to be able to build songs. Between this and my 404sx sampler, I have an entire band going. The sequencer is really solid, and ideas just flow into it. The reverb and delay are solid, and you can use the flange as a chorus if you set the feedback to 0, but most of the other effects sound a bit cheap. I mean, they're all built in anyway. You're still saving tons of money on this thing. But. About 8 months into owning it a key broke. A month later another one broke, and I am getting a weird glitch where the synths get super super quiet, and I'm going to have to take it in for repairs. Some of the other keys feel loose, and I bet they're going to break too. Folks on a synth forum posted pictures of one of these taken apart, and it's held together with the cheapest plastic possible. Many others had broken keys within a year of purchase. I played mine almost every day until it got to the point of being too broken to be fun without repairs. I'd say get it, but make sure you keep your receipt so you can get it fixed under warranty. Because you may well have to if you use it a lot. I don't have my original receipt and I'm pretty upset with Roland Support. They don't answer your questions directly and it's hard to get help when something goes wrong. That said, I'm willing to spend the couple hundred dollars on repairs because I love it that much. This was my introduction to getting synths and now I spend all my freakin time going to Long and McQuade playing things I can't afford, watching gear reviews online, and I am totally hooked. Thanks to this little thing. It has... complicated my life. Really good for a beginner. I've tried going back to using VSTs in Ableton and they all sound like GARBAGE now that I have a real synth. But also... there are a lot of fancier synths out there too. Still, most of them don't have the sequencer and pattern capabilities that this thing has, except for workstations, which almost always sound like the synths used on 90's TV shows. Did I mention that the final bass patch in the JD-Xi is the same Roland Slap bass used on the Seinfeld theme? K. Whatever. Have fun. Try it out before you get it.
Posted by Alison on Apr 17, 2017
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Amazing sound quality and features 2 of 2 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Edmonton Whyte, Alberta
What a whopping package deal - super tweakable fat drum machine, 2 64 voice polysynths based on the Jupiter 80 engine, and an analog monosynth. And vocoder. And arpeggiator. And sequencer. etc. Wipes out all other similar sized competitors. This is Roland deciding to take the market by storm after 29 years of being out of the analog synth game.
Posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2015
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Sounds just like analog 0 of 0 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Edmonton South, Alberta
The 2 included digital synths sound exactly like analog - Roland is back in the game!
Posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2015
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MicroKorg is history 2 of 3 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   White Rock, British Columbia
Amazing sound quality and features. I'm making whole songs with this sucker.
Posted by anonymous on May 31, 2015
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Best value synth 2 of 2 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Abbotsford, British Columbia
But this is the 4th time I've posted this review and they keep deleting it!!
Posted by anonymous on May 24, 2015
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Best Digital Synth sound quality compared to MicroKorg/MiniNova/Gaia 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Abbotsford, British Columbia
This is the best new affordable digital synth on the market. Jupiter 80 engine inside for the most part - plus a voice of true analog and a killer drum machine etc.
Posted by anonymous on May 3, 2015
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Jupiter 80 Synth Engine inside!!! 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Calgary Royal Vista, Alberta
Best sounding VA out there - really smooth and sweet like analog. And the drum machine, sequencer, and arpeggiator are awesome.
Posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2015
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Best Digital Synth sound quality compared to MicroKorg/MiniNova/Gaia 0 of 0 customers found this review helpful
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Closest Store   Calgary Royal Vista, Alberta
Blows away MiniNova, MicroKorg, Gaia in sounds quality. This synth is often totally indistinguishable from vintage analogs. Roland has really raised the bar. Plus the sweet analog monosynth included, and the fat vintage vocoder etc etc etc. Best Roland synth EVER for quality sound, features and price.
Posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2015
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