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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xd
August 15, 2012 @ 10:09 am
I just bought this synth with the vintage and the techno expansion cards. The free SoundDiver JV software makes it easy to modify the patches.
The presets are actually very nice, I love the pads/strings (cinematic quality).
Alexjx
August 14, 2012 @ 4:56 pm
My deepest respect! I like that synth most of all the JV and XV and XP series becouse of one JV1080s function - in performance mode the parts on/off buttons show also midi individual receiving act on its part. That indication makes debuging life easy in 16 part song when I need to locate active channels at moment. Also JD990 has that function on its buttons! When I got XV5080 and XV88, for my surprise these DO NOT have that function, only global midi indicator! So, I have to go deep in menus each time to check which channels make voices and it makes work tedious or nightmare with XV5080, XV88
Alexis_Nembrode
June 13, 2012 @ 7:09 pm
Mike Oldfield uses this a lot. Its there on the "jewel in the crown (tb 3)" closing, on the "millenium bell"'s theme song... Im sure that this synth has an internal battery, but i cant seem to find tutorials on how to replace it anywhere...
TEN_K
May 20, 2012 @ 8:09 am
Got mine as my first synth in nov 1999. $2500 australian dollars with the second free exp card and then got "Vintage Syth" exp. I was so glad I did there are actualy waves in that on that card alone let me create great 808 909 kik drums And 1 particular Kik drum that I loved but couldnt get anywhere but samples of records that drum was like the hoover sound. No one could actually tell you what synth made it. The day I fluked maiking it I was extatic.Ps "mg blip "plus 2 other waves in the kik. LOOOOVEEE MY JV
John
April 26, 2012 @ 1:20 am
I picked up one of these a couple months ago, and WOW! If you have a JV-1080, you MUST get the Vintage Synth expansion card for it! The Orchestral card is also nice. I use my old Roland A-30 to control it.

Unfortunately, I find it to be harder to program than my DX7 and TX802 - does anyone here know of any good editors for PC for the JV-1080??
 
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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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