Plugins like the JD-990?

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jeremycsf
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24 posts since 25 May, 2020

Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:04 am

A few people have recommended this synth to me to get a particular glass pad sound I'm looking for (#18, "glass voices": https://www.synthmania.com/jd-990.htm). From the samples I've heard it sounds great, any plugin emulations out there? Or any synth that can do comparable things? Or maybe just some tutorials to figure out how to do this in something like Ableton's Operator? Thanks!

auron
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99 posts since 4 Nov, 2013 from Germany

Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:24 am

Omnisphere

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Halonmusic
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Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:26 am

Roland Cloud JV 1080 perhaps?
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jamcat
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387 posts since 2 Sep, 2019

Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:37 am

The JD-990 is the rack version of the Roland JD-800, which is a ROMpler / LA synthesis hybrid. It was the successor to the D-50 and derives it’s sounds from it.

It was followed by the JV-1080.

So my recommendation would be to check out the D-50 and JV-1080 in Roland Cloud.

https://rolandcloud.com/catalog/legendary
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EvilDragon
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Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:46 am

Nothing sounds like a JD-990. Not even Omnisphere. JV-1080 also doesn't sound like JD-990 even in hardware form. Roland did some magic in the output stage there that they didn't do in any other hardware unit they ever did afterwards. There's some weight and presence not otherwise attainable.

I own one. Would not ever sell it.
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jamcat
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Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:48 am

auron wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:24 am
Omnisphere
Eric Persing did the sounds for the D-50 / JD-800 / JD-990 and he also did Omnisphere, so it could be a good choice as well.

Omnisphere is getting a bit long in the tooth, though, isn’t it?
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EvilDragon
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Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:50 am

Omni still sounds great, though, despite how old it is - it did receive continuous massive updates.

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Gamma-UT
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Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:04 am

The difference between the patch on the virtual JV-1080 and the Concerto sampled JD-990 is minimal - other than the Concerto version being a lot louder and with no chorus or reverb effects on the JV-1080 patch.

It does sound like the kind of thing you'd be able to approximate in Operator using the additive oscillators and minimal FM. The core waveforms the JV-1080 version uses are one instance of Fine Wine (which sounds like a synthesised high organ flute) and two of Pop Voices. They go through minimal processing (at least that how it seems from a quick look at the patch structure).

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clipnotic
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503 posts since 19 Sep, 2007 from Germany

Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 2:57 am

I had the JD-990 and have Omnisphere and Omnisphere has some samples from the pads I like from the JD-990, that was the reason I sold it, but Omnisphere doesn't have everything and the JD-990 also has "its sound" manly from its effects!
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SynthRatings
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Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:31 am

Quite the legendary synth :love:
I doubt Operator will get you where you want to go. As mentioneded by others Roland Cloud or Omnishpere are probably closest, but for a cheaper non-subscription option Rob Papen's Vecto might get you somewhere in the ballpark.
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Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 3:56 am

synth1

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Ingonator
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Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:39 am

The "Anthology 1993" sample library at Roand Cloud (for their Concerto sample player) contains a bigger amount of patches from the JD-990. The library is available at Roland Cloud Manager in 3 parts with more than 6 GB overall size. Opposing to most of their other plugins the Anthology series is currently not available as a liftetime license but only with a subscription (a Pro subscription is minimum for this).
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352 posts since 19 Feb, 2003

Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:47 am

EvilDragon wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:46 am
Nothing sounds like a JD-990. Not even Omnisphere. JV-1080 also doesn't sound like JD-990 even in hardware form. Roland did some magic in the output stage there that they didn't do in any other hardware unit they ever did afterwards. There's some weight and presence not otherwise attainable.

I own one. Would not ever sell it.
Indeed. Two synths I do regret I've sold in the past - JD-990 with analog expansion board and Ensoniq FIZMO.

p.s. I do own Omni as well. Beautiful synth. Tons of inspiration, but it's not like the mighty 990.

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Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:02 am

jamcat wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:48 am
auron wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 12:24 am
Omnisphere
Eric Persing did the sounds for the D-50 / JD-800 / JD-990 and he also did Omnisphere, so it could be a good choice as well.

Omnisphere is getting a bit long in the tooth, though, isn’t it?
Wait! Which one is longer in the tooth? Spectrasonics or Roland?
:lol:

Mr Arkadin
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1647 posts since 11 Mar, 2003

Post Thu Aug 06, 2020 11:14 am

Overflow wrote:
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:47 am
Indeed. Two synths I do regret I've sold in the past - JD-990 with analog expansion board and Ensoniq FIZMO.
I own both :party:

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