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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89 Visitor comments
Deckard Replicant
March 13, 2013 @ 8:02 pm
I love this synth. So easy to program and such powerful capabilities. I use it daily. Not dificult at all to program by my opinion, easy layout. Phat phat phat sound.
Digi Fan
March 1, 2013 @ 2:10 pm
I absolutly agree that the JV-1080 is difficult to program when you first get into it, there's a usefull web page called-->Programming JV Synths. Well worth the read. When figured out the JV-1080's a top Rom player. I own 2 fully loaded and an XV-3080.
February 28, 2013 @ 12:39 pm
excellent sounding synth, very fat. Almost all the factory presets sound great, which is fortunate because the 1080 is absolutely horrible to program, with seemingly endless hidden menus, bleh. If this thing was more straight forward to program this would be my favorite synth I've ever used, hands down. Also if your looking at getting one be warned the expansion mellotron sounds are pretty bad, and the on board leslie effect is so bad it ruins all organ patchs on the synth
January 20, 2013 @ 11:48 am
Hallo there!

How do I change/adjust the attack/decay/release/sustain on my Roland JV-1080?

I have a couple of exp cards in it. Shouldn't I be able to change the attack time on the sounds as well? Just like fx. on the Roland Juno series keyboards...

I have checked out the instructions but what I can find about it on page 56, makes no difference in the sound...

Do you find the 2080 as difficult to program/edit as the 1080?

Thanx in advance

Regards, Morten.
January 19, 2013 @ 9:44 am
Even if the super JV is a bit old, it sounds really phat, this synth is awesome !
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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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