Roland JD-XA Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer
The JD-XA from Roland is one of two new synths announced at Musikmesse earlier this year, the other being the Roland JD-XI. Both are termed Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizers since Roland say they combine analog warmth with digital versatility.
What the JD-XA offers is a four part all analog engine with true analog filters and a direct dry output.
But there’s more…
A four part digital engine completes the synthesizer using Roland’s SuperNATURAL synth technology, and includes an impressive selection of potent effects.
The synth engines on the JD-XA can be used independently or together, so you can imagine the possibilities this offers for sound design. It makes the JD-XA incredibly flexible for studio work and in a live environment too.
Watch the Roland JD-XA Official Video. It’s impressive…
- Advanced synthesizer with independent analog and digital sound engines
- Discrete analog synth engine (four parts) with 2 x OSC, Filter, Amp, 4 x Env (2 x Pitch, Filter, Amp), and 2 x LFO per voice plus Analog Dry Out for raw signal output
- Analog filter section features 4-Pole, transistor-ladder, and multi-mode (LPF/HPF/BPF) filters with supremely smooth, natural response to knob movements
- OSC section includes Cross Mod, Ring Mod, and OSC Sync, all of which can be used simultaneously
- LFO rate covers a wide range from ultra-slow to ultra-fast
- Incredibly fast attack envelope time
- Separate digital section built around SuperNATURAL synth engine (four parts, 64 voices) that’s compatible with INTEGRA-7 sound libraries from Roland’s online Axial sound portal
- Digital parts can be routed through the analog filter section for warm, organic results
- Comprehensive effects with MFX for all parts plus five system effects (Reverb, TFX1, TFX2, Delay, and Master EQ)
- Flexible routing options for highly creative sound design
- Intuitive 16-track pattern sequencer (8 tracks for internal parts, 8 tracks for external parts) for fast creation of songs and loops
- Onboard USB, MIDI, and CV/GATE interfaces plus flexible MIDI control functionality make the JD-XA the ideal centrepiece for live performance and music production
- Mic input allows you to modulate synth sounds with your voice and explore classic Vocoder functionality
- Plenty of backlit knobs, sliders, and controllers for hands-on sound shaping
Roland have released a series of videos demonstrating the versatility and sheer power of the JD-XA.
Watch them and marvel at the power and sound potential of the JD-XA
Expect to pay: We estimate the Roland JD-XA will be just under R 30K here in South Africa.