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
April 14, 2014 @ 6:44 pm
actually, you can get better results from a 2080, if you know what you're doing. Patches are the same, but Performances and drum sets benefit from the 3 EFX, and programming - the 1080 has a max of 1400 waves, where as the 2080 can have up to 2400 waves, and in palette mode, the 2080 shows 6 parameters by 4, instead of 1 parameter by 4 in the 1080. The graphic displays of envelopes etc help a lot.
If the 1080 sounds "better" than a 2080 (moot point), that can be fixed; post output, insert/inline some dynamics processors, gates, compressors etc, and some psycho-accoustic processors.
April 13, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
You will get the same results out of the 1080 and the 2080 if you know what your doing.
When the 2080 first come out, Roland said new improved quality, But everyone was saying if there was, It was not noticeable. I think some people are buying the 1080 just because it has SUPER on it. Roland just programmed the 2080 stock sounds so they did not sound so aggressive, If you tweak them you will get the same results. Do u wan't more features or do u wan't it with SUPER written on it. The choice is yours. They are the same.
January 2, 2014 @ 1:39 am
Much better, than JV2080. The one with 1080 clearer, more shining, rawer sounds. I got rid of 2080, bar with a weak sound known more. Not bad module, but Roland JD 990 eat it onto breakfast any.
November 23, 2013 @ 4:46 am
To Ian m
The JV-1080 was produced in 94-2001 and the JV-2080 was 97-2001 That's why there was more 1080 built. If you put them side by side the sound difference is not even worth mentioning. The 2080 has 8 expansion slot's, 1080 has 4. The 2080 has 3 EFX Plus Chorus, Rev. 1080 has 1 EFX Plus Chorus,Rev. The 2080 has 1 extra bank of 127 patches not found on the 1080. The list go's on. The 2080 is worth the extra £ just for the ease of use.
Daniel Fletcher of DS
October 12, 2013 @ 8:11 pm
Are there any pages on the net with complete parameter list for programing this synthesizer on a Midi controller like the Novation Remote Zero SL or are there any PC/Mac based editors?

///Daniel Fletcher of DS
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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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