mark.oswald wrote:I'm doing some eBay shopping for a used rackmount synth module. The controller will be my guitar (graphtech hexaphonic setup with roland gi-20). Any other guitar/synth players out there???
Anyway, my real question... There are quite a number of used XV and JV synths up for auction. The high-end (cost wise) appears to be the XV-5080, but there's also XV-2020, XV-5050, XV-3080, and JV-2080 (etc) models available. Is anyone willing to provide a quick summary of why I might choose one over the other.
We've got the JV/XP line:
and keyboards (XP30, XP50, XP60, X80). The XP10 doesn't count, the JV80/880/1000 series has 28 voices of polyphony instead of 64 (and 1 patch can contain up to 4 voices).
We've got the XV/SRX line:
and keyboards (XV88, Fantom, Fantom-S, Fantom-X).
All JV modules have 64 voices of polyphony. Of the XV series, the 2020 and 5050 have 64 voices, the rest pushes 128. Of the XV-series, the 5050, 5080, SonicCell and all Fantoms have COSM effects (modeling). Of the XV-series, only the 5080 can be expanded with both the old SR/JV boards and the newer SRX boards.
All JV/XV synthesis is based on stacking up to 4 samples (which reduces polyphony accordingly) - to make things worse, this is for MONO samples. The XV series has support for stereo samples, too, but those eat up twice as many voices - which means that with a very dense patch you can still end up with only 16 notes.
Reason I'd personally get the 5050 is because no matter what USB and your computer can do, a 2-row character display that still allows you to edit anything is going to be superior to a 3 x 7-segment LED, especially on stage.
Is there anything special (sound wise) about the 5080 that makes it worth a few hundred extra bucks.
More spec-wise than soundwise, but if you want to hear the old JV boards at the highest quality, the 5080 is what you need. The XP/JVs are 32khz, the XVs are 44khz.
"Part of an instrument is what it can do, and part of it is what you do to it" - Suzanne Ciani, 197x.