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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86 Visitor comments
paul
November 8, 2012 @ 7:46 pm
I have a 1080 maxxed out with vintage synth,Orchestral,world and sessions cards.Session card is very underated.The sax on that is jaw dropping.My wife plays the sax and it sounds just like it and has the correct breath .Not to mention the guitar sounds.Altogether this cost me about 350 quid.I think this with a korg triton will give you an earth shattering pallete of sounds.No loading up times like a sampler.Just buy one and grab 4 sound cards while you can.The 1080 goes for around the 100 quid mark on ebay.Most cards sell for the 50-60 quid mark .Except for vintage synth and keyboards 70s
JBsoundhobbyist
October 10, 2012 @ 1:28 pm
Vangelis still uses this wonderful synth today, especially with the orchestral and world expansion cards with(in) it. Hear for example his new album, Chariots of Fire the play. A lot of percussion and string sounds and even bag pipes are used from these exp. boards. They are all good imo. I hope there will be a good software synth version (vst) some day.
matt
August 26, 2012 @ 10:26 pm
@john Yeah there's a freeware editor for the JV/XP series called ChangeIt!, it's very useful. You can grab it at http://www.mossgrabers.de/Software/ChangeIt/ChangeIt.html . This synth is a beast, definitely one of the best, especially if you can grab some of the expansions.
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
 
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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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