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
November 28, 2012 @ 8:41 pm
I use Kontakt and gigasamplers, but for some reason, the JV1080 stil a top contender of musical sounds in Midi productions. It makes you wonder how this 8MG rompler can hold its own against a 8gigabyte rompler.
kenny keys
November 20, 2012 @ 8:18 pm
An expanded Super JV-1080 is still a very viable instrument. If you don't come up with musical ideas when scanning through the patches, you are just not in a creative mood--it can happen. I still turn to the 1080 to get ideas flowing. Sometimes I think folks ask the wrong questions, e.g., "does the Roland JV have realistic brass sounds?" Hmm? I think the relevant question should be, does the Roland JV have _musical_ brass (or string, or guitar, or piano, etc.) sounds? Except for the fact that far too many presets are DRENCHED in reverb, the patches are very, very musical.
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
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.
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 . This synth is a beast, definitely one of the best, especially if you can grab some of the expansions.
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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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