In his [Studio Tour Feature for FACT Magazine](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8s_xtDv4D0), Mathew Jonson's JD-990 can be seen at [at 2:48](https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=y8s_xtDv4D0#t=168). "The JD-990 is a really beautiful pad machine. It sounds a lot better than the JD-800 in my opinion."more
Info: JD-990's voice architecture includes "analog-like" parameters such as ring modulation, Frequency Cross Modulation (FXM) and oscillator sync. The JD-990 also incorporates 'structures' and can use any expansion boards or PCM cards created for the JV80 or JD800. Additional features include 6MB or ROM waveform data (expandable to 16MB) 24 voice polyphony and 8 part multitimbral capability 320x80 dot backlit LCD display 8 outputs configured as four stereo pairs and 2 space rack mount design. An on-board multiple effects processor can be used in both single or multi-timbral modes. A special super synth part can use up to 8 effects simultaneously, while other parts can use reverb, chorus and delay. About: One of Liam's main sound sources for strings and stuff. Used: Liam uses this synth for almost every track in Jilted Genration album, and it can be heard at the beginning of Poison. It was also used to the main riff on Voodoo People. There is also a preset sound called "EML Wobbler" that is used in ending of 3 Kilos. Poison (the opening riff) Voodoo People (the main riff) Liam's quotes: "A year after selling my JD800, I did buy the JD990, which I think is really good. I've got all the expansion boards for it, but I don't use many of the analogue sounds off the vintage board -- it's mainly used for textures and strings. It's got a good distorted guitar, too. " "I use the JD-990 on every track I do. I used it on the opening of Poison and everyone said 'Aw - where did you get that sound?' It was one of my own sounds that I modified. I used it on Voodoo People for the main riff."more
But there was another group of people, like film composers, producers, you know people who can recognize certain things such as good audio quality right away. Many of them kept their JD-990 despite JV-1080 being the star of the show with all the spotlights focused when it came out. The reason was simple JD-990 was soundwise class above 1080 and those who had it didn’t want to let it go that easy.more
Persing is the founder of Spectrasonics, a company specializing in developing World Class software 'virtual instruments' since 1994. He has produced dozens of the sampling industry's top selling titles and gone on to create the award-winning Omnisphere, Keyscape, Stylus RMX, Trilian, Atmosphere and Trilogy software virtual instruments. Eric's ground-breaking instruments and sound libraries are the best selling and most widely used in the world. Spectrasonics products are in constant use on thousands of major film, television, music, game and multimedia productions. In addition to being the Creative Director of Spectrasonics, Eric was a longtime consultant and the Chief Sound Designer for Roland Corporation Japan from 1984-2005, creating the key sounds for many popular Roland synthesizers, samplers, CD-ROMs, expansion boards, processors and groove devices - from the vintage Jupiter and JX series, to the legendary D-50, D-70, JD-800/990, R8, S-series samplers, JV-880/1080/2080, the Sound Canvas, JP-8000/8080, MC-505/909, The V-Drums, XV-5080, Fantom series, the V-Synth and many more.more
It's quite easy to use, and the synth sound is totally up to today's standards. Only the acoustic sounds may not sound as realistic, but who gives a f*? This thingy is perfect for pads, textures, synthesized sounds! For me personally this is a highly valuable machine because Mike Oldfield used this extensively for his best album (IMO) named "The Songs of Distant Earth" in 1994.