Roland JD-08 – Boutique Synthesizer Sound Module

Please note that the Roland K-25M Optional Keyboard for Boutique Sound Modules and Roland DK-01 Boutique Docking Case are SOLD SEPARATELY.

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Roland JD-08 – Boutique Synthesizer

The Roland JD-08 Boutique Synthesizer offers a retro workflow, evocative sounds, and powerful effects. Based on the original JD-800 which was a favourite for top electronic music producers through the ’90s and beyond. It combines the original JD-800 waveforms with advanced modelling 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.

The JD-08 offers 256 Sound Patches and 128 Patterns with effects such as: Distortion
Phaser, Spectrum, Enhancer, Delay, Chorus and Reverb.

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. It also has 108 waveforms, and unique two-part multi-effects that are at the core of the JD-800’s intricate, evolving sound.

This modern version of the JX-08 retains the original features. The added range of updates takes the experience to another level. New patches plus 256 memory locations let you dive deep into the huge array of controls. So you can create new sounds for your music. And with expanded polyphony and two-part multitimbral capability, there’s even more room to stretch out your sonic ideas.

MIDI, USB, and an external clock input.

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.

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.

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 positions, or grab a K-25m Keyboard Unit to create a fully self-contained, portable instrument.

Please note that the Roland K-25M Optional Keyboard for Boutique Sound Modules and Roland DK-01 Boutique Docking Case are SOLD SEPARATELY.

  • 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, eight-note (per part) polyphonic sequencer with motion recording, random pattern generator, and memory for 128 patterns
  • Onboard arpeggiator
  • Two-part multitimbral with expanded polyphony, up to 128 voices (depending on patch load)
  • 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


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:

  • PITCH FINE knob
  • PITCH RANDOM slider
  • KEY FOLLOW slider
  • WAVEFORM knob
  • LFO 1 slider
  • LFO 2 slider


  • TIME KEY FOLLOW slider
  • T1–T4 sliders
  • L1–L4 sliders
  • SUSTAIN LEVEL slider
  • 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:

  • LAYER-ACTIVE button
  • 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:

  • 2 part
  • 64 steps
  • 8 notes per part (Polyphonic)


  • 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.


  • Quick Start
  • Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4

Options (sold separately):

  • Keyboard unit: K-25m
  • Boutique Dock: DK-01


Width: 300 mm

Depth: 128 mm

Height: 49 mm

Weight (including batteries): 840 g

For more information, please visit the manufacturer's website.