Roland JV-1080 Super JV

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The Roland JV-1080 was one of the hottest and most popular digital synthesizers ever to come from Roland. Incredible sound quality capable of emulating any instrument imaginable plus totally fat analog synth type sounds and loads of percussion! It has 64 voices of polyphony and 16 part multitimbral, it's no wonder this is part of almost every Film Score Composers set-up as well as many more artists and hobbyists!

It has 8MB of sounds and it also offers a lot of expandability with 4 expansion slots and 2 data card memory slots. You can get up to 42MB of sounds by adding any of the popular JV-80 expansion cards suited for Techno, World Instruments, Orchestral or Synthesizers. The 1080 has a large LCD screen, lots of effects and filters for creative flexibility, motion control and extensive MIDI implementation. Editing is intense but enhanced and simplified by external editors like MOTU's Unisyn. It is used by Faithless, Hardfloor, Vangelis, Scanner, Roni Size, LTJ Bukem and Apollo 440.

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88 Visitor comments
May 26, 2014 @ 5:47 am
Following my previous message...Here is my experience about Roland JV1080.Recently I ve bought Yamaha MOX6 and Casio XW-G1to.All this to say that I am not nostalgic for the past, but recognize an excellent machine no offense to some
May 26, 2014 @ 5:45 am
I have one since 20 years .And I must to say that I discover it every days .I explain I've put 4cards inside it (dance,Vintage,Techno,Sessions) and samples are very very good to create my own original sounds:bass ,leads,power synths ,pads etc..I like to create sounds for this synth with or without software it's easy when you know well this machine .You can emulate or imitate Juno,P5,OBX ,Moog ..and new sounds not ugly at all .Here is my experience.Recently I ve bought Yamaha MOX6 and Casio XW-G1to.All this to say that I am not nostalgic for the past,Here is my experience.
April 24, 2014 @ 2:13 pm
I have my JV1080 from the early 90's. Everything else I bought came en went
Beautifull sounds, if programmed right and thats easy with the sofware editors
I feed it in my 60 euro Kaoss-pad mini and record it in cubase... now its even spectacular
Karlos Moran
April 22, 2014 @ 4:17 pm
No matter how many synths I buy, I always end up using the JV-1080 instead....
April 14, 2014 @ 6:44 pm
actually, you can get better results from a 2080, if you know what you're doing. Patches are the same, but Performances and drum sets benefit from the 3 EFX, and programming - the 1080 has a max of 1400 waves, where as the 2080 can have up to 2400 waves, and in palette mode, the 2080 shows 6 parameters by 4, instead of 1 parameter by 4 in the 1080. The graphic displays of envelopes etc help a lot.
If the 1080 sounds "better" than a 2080 (moot point), that can be fixed; post output, insert/inline some dynamics processors, gates, compressors etc, and some psycho-accoustic processors.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 Voices
  • Oscillators - Digital, LAS, 8MB Samples expandable to 42
  • LFO - 2 LFO's (sine, saw, square, triangle, trapezoid, sample&hold, random and chaos) w/ key or external sync. Can modulate the pitch, filter, pan, or level
  • Filter - TVF (lowpass, bandpass, high pass, peak) with cutoff, resonance, key follow and velocity sensitivity
  • VCA - TVA ADSR (tone level, pan, key follow)
  • Memory - 640 Patches, 128 performances
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1994 - 2001
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