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 16, 2009 @ 3:19 pm
Question: I've had a JV-1010 and Roland rd-500 for years, and they meet all my needs. But I never really used their full potential, partly because the manuals are written in tech-ese. Can anybody suggest where to look for info in plain english.

E.g. Without the jv-1010 connected, I can split the keyboard to play one patch on bass, and another on treble. But I can't figure out how to get such a split using the Jv-1010 sounds.

Suggestions welcome!
April 18, 2009 @ 1:22 pm
So great - I own two! 128 note polyphony rocks!
March 12, 2009 @ 10:36 pm
One of Roland's most under rated synths! This little box has 895 on board patches plus a ton of performances and room for one of Roland's SR-JV80 expansion boards ( there are approx 20 to choose from, most of which contain 250+ voices). The sounds are top notch, very warm and lush - all from a 1/2 rack space unit! The display is not very informative, but real estate on the front panel is somewhat limited.... You can access the patches either by bank or by logical grouping from the front panel or by MSB/LSB addressing from your controller. The MSB is 80 for the User Bank, 81 for the Preset Banks and 84 for the Session and Expansion slot. The LSBs are 0 for the User, Preset A and first 128 voices of the Session Bank and increment from there in each MSB. Once you get used to accessing the voices this way you can instantly go to any voice in any bank by calling up the correct MSB/LSB/Patch numbers. Don't let the size fool you, this is a nice little unit!
January 12, 2009 @ 3:38 am
One of my favourites. Collection of most Roland sounds past to present. (Jup, Juno, SH, D, JX, TB, JD, JV, 808, 909 etc). Has other brands too. No barking E-piano sounds just tines and Roland SA. All patches has FX and sounds great. This could be a problem when having master FX on tracks. So easy way is to use software and create a multitambre performance with all no FX on all16 midi receive channels and do all bank and patch changes externally to select past 128 program changes. The JV-1010 has more that 128 patches on most of its memory groups. They can be selected manualy with knob but only in patch mode that has all fx on. The sounds are great. It has the session boardin it already. With an aditional JV-80 board it ismore super. Very usefuland hi quality. Only thing is the output is low and you must turn up gain on external equipment, 2 the fx can be super-realistic while recording, 3 no on board editing. It's super.
Nathan Carter
October 17, 2008 @ 11:58 pm
This is a great synthesizer, very underrated. Over 1000 patches, there are plenty of functional editors out there for it. With it I have modeled sound from Kurzweil K2000s, that is how good it sounds.
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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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