Roland JV-1010

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The Roland JV-1010 Synth Module may look like a weakling, but it kicks sand in the face of a lot of synths twice its size! This half-rackspace killer has the full sound set of the professional JV-1080 and 2080 modules (at slightly reduced quality). With 640 preset and 128 user patches, that's a lot of phat sounds in a skinny package. Plus, all 255 sounds from the Session wave expansion board are included. Pristine stereo grand pianos, acoustic guitars, Juno, Jupiter, TB-303, 18 rhythm sets and tons more - the kinds of sounds that inspire and do justice to your musical ideas, whether recorded or live on-stage.

And if you want to add more muscle, the JV-1010 has an expansion slot for any JV80 Series board (Asian, Orchestral, Hip Hop, Techno, Bass & Drums, Vocal, Country, World, etc.). In total, you can get over a thousand patches out of the box and over 1,200 when expanded - all in a 64-voice polyphonic, 16-part multitimbral unit with dedicated Reverb, Chorus and Multi-effects. Sounds are easy to find, too. JV-1010 Patches are grouped into categories (Piano, Key/Organ, Guitar/Bass, etc.) and banks can be selected with a simple Category/Bank Select knob. The innovative Phrase Preview function plays back the selected tone in a short musical phrase.

Roland has also added some valuable extras: Sound shaping and editing can be accomplished via bundled CD-ROM, which includes sound editing software for Mac and PC, used in conjunction with the JV-1010's rear-panel computer serial-interface. The computer interface and the 1010's General MIDI compatability make this an excellent sound module for use with your computer.

Though these sounds are professional all the way, you don't need to be a pro to recognize the JV-1010 as an extreme value. You don't need to be a pro to use it either. If you have a keyboard with a MIDI out and a cable, you're good to go. You'll never be held back by a lack of good sounds again.

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46 Visitor comments
June 6, 2014 @ 3:35 am
A couple years ago, a random customer walked into my store and gave this to me (along with a Boss BR1600). I still have it. The piano sounds [beep] (though I work in a store that sells Steinway), but the e-pianos, clavs, and some of the organs are decent enough. It's a bit difficult to work with sometimes, as you have to remember that "number 98" is my favourite organ sound or whatever.
December 17, 2013 @ 1:55 am the album I linked to is no longer free :(

Nevertheless, this piece of gear remains the ONLY thing in my studio that is left on. If you're looking to create original sounds, then yes, you need editing software. But if you need good, quality sounds in a HURRY...this will do the trick.

It will take expansion boards, but to be honest, they sound a bit dated now. But for putting a track together in a hurry - for a client - it won't let you down.

*cough* *cough* my earnings from this baby are into 6 may not be sophisticated art, but it sure pays the bills!
December 8, 2013 @ 10:15 am
Had this little baby for over 12 years. It is the ONLY synth I leave powered up ready to go. I've used it on everything, including some jazz piano background music I did for "CSI:New York".

Yes, you need an editor to really explore the synth's possibilities, but when you need great sounds in a hurry....

I know an artist who used the JV1010 pianos and pads almost exclusively on their new album. It's currently available as a free download on CDBaby:

I believe external FX were used too, but you can still get a great idea of the sound quality!
November 26, 2013 @ 5:37 am
zerohe, yes you can. Try the Yamaha UX16, if its still available. It has a USB connector at one end and two DIN plugs at the other. You need to change the sound out from the PC to this output.
November 1, 2013 @ 7:01 pm
I bought it for 100€!! Great Synth veeeeeery underrated, sadly without the emagic editor is very useless, but I found the universal editor midiquest Xl and it work great with it

I'm very glad With the couple jv-1010/midiquest, now i've a real powerful pcm Synth and create patchs is easy and fun. Try it!
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 Voices
  • Oscillators - Digital, LAS, 8MB Samples, 255 sounds
  • Effects - Eight Reverbs, One Chorus, 40 EFX Multi-Effects
  • Memory - 895 preset, 128 user Patches, 32 performances, 18 rhythm kits
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU (16-parts); Serial Computer Host port
  • Date Produced - 1999
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Robert Frost

    Thanks to Jon Axelsson for providing information.

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