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
September 21, 2013 @ 4:04 pm
ChangeIt software enhanced tremendously the operational easiness of this unit for me. Patch&Performance editing is now a joy (before it was like trying to play tetris from the front panel buttons!).

On a side related note: does anyone knows where I can find the expansion board "keyboards from the 60's & 70's" at an affordable price? I'm in Italy and here everyone asks for 150 euros as starting price! I'm a bit on a tight budget, but I need those mellotron samples for live use.
September 1, 2013 @ 6:46 pm
@Daniel the 1080 (and XP 50) LFOs and effects can clock to MIDI, but the 2080 (and XPs 30/60/80) can loop sync as well.
Jason Ward
July 24, 2013 @ 2:41 pm
I've owned a JV-1080 since 1999 and have added 4 expansions: Orchestral II, Vocal Collection, Techno, and World. The JV-1080 has been the main synthesizer in almost all of my compositions since 2000. I love the presets provided both in the module and the 4 expansions, and still use them heavily today. The orchestral sounds are lush and rich, the base unit features some deep and awesome vintage sounding samples, and the vocal collection is just awesome. It is a beautiful piece of my studio and I am very happy to own it.
Daniel Fletcher of Dazz -Synth
July 5, 2013 @ 8:27 am
Can the JV-1080 take external clock, or is it just the JV-2080 that can?

///Daniel Fletcher of D a z z - S y n t h
R Bell Music
June 10, 2013 @ 9:10 am
i saved up big cash for this beast back in the day. cost me £1200 when new and it was the first synth that i truly connected with. the small display didnt ever feel like a hindrance to me. editing and programming was a joy and boy did this synth deliver.
taking all the LA synth heritage and producing what was, the benchmark exmaple. i tried some newer versions but somehow the magic wasnt quite their.
i owned both an XV3080 and 5080 and neither of them gave me that all in experience. the fact it was limited in some ways just made you work harder = stronger results.
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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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