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
March 4, 2012 @ 6:08 pm
The effects, filters and general sound quality of this thing are awesome! Hook up a controller with an arpeggiator, crank up delay feedback, adjust filter and instant acid nonsense!
March 1, 2012 @ 2:05 pm
Can anyone recommend a decent collection of patches to download for the JV1080? Thanks.
February 26, 2012 @ 8:33 pm
I have couple of copies of the JV-1080 DVD Tutorial - contact me at y_moram at yahoo dot co dot uk

This has saved a lot of headaches!
January 28, 2012 @ 7:30 pm
Was looking at getting an anologue synth,but prices just unafordable.Got a 1080 for 80 uk pounds and a vintage synth expansion card for 90 pounds.All I can say is wow,Just like having a phrophet 5 and jupiter 8 etc.Along with those realistic presets,in the 1080 itself.Forget korg triton or kurzweil racks you just need one of these.No lame disc drives or scuzzy zip drives.I went out and expanded it more with the world,and orchestral cards.The world card has the best sounding bagpipes i have ever heard from a synth.Perfect for a rendition of big countries ,in a big country.
January 2, 2012 @ 12:48 am
I have two of these with 8 different expansion cards, and I'm still using them all the time. I receive so many compliments from the sound the 1080 produces that everyone has been shocked when I tell them it's almost an antique.
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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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