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
June 30, 2009 @ 4:54 am
For the cheap price the JV modules go for, get a JV2080 with as many expansions. It's a breeze to work with once you get the basics.
Scott Rodriguez
April 26, 2009 @ 5:13 pm
Does the awesome (IMHO, best patch on the unit) Greek Power patch overdrive the output section on anyone else's unit? I get serious, not good distortion probably from the low end. Hard to believe Roland would program in a patch that would crash the output if turned up past 3 (this one goes to 11).
April 19, 2009 @ 5:30 pm
I sort of inherited of this synth.

I use SoundDiver... and wow... how can I say... If any of Roland's units can summerize the ''Roland sound'', it's this one.
March 12, 2009 @ 10:17 pm
I agree with Fez, this is a great sounding unit. I decided to buy mine after reading the summary here on this site, and I'm glad I did! I have 4 expansion cards in mine, the Vintage Synth, Orchestral I & II and the World card. The voices on these cards are outstanding! The Arps and Moogs and Oberheims on the Vintage synth card are unbelieveable! The Strings and Orchestral sounds on those 2 cards are incredible and the World card has soo many interesting world instruments and arpegiations.... not to mention the 4 banks of onboard sounds (3 preset banks and GM bank) I save 15-20 of my favorites from the different banks or cards to the user bank and access them from the assignable buttons on my controller. Very easy to navigate, easy to program, easy to tweak the voices - an easy synth to love!
January 25, 2009 @ 5:57 am
I`ve just bought one of these,unexpanded from e-bay and it sounds great.The sounds are rich,warm and deep.Very expressive,versatile and real easy to operate and program.Loads of sounds just in the presets which sound better after a tweak here and there to suit your taste/genre,but midied up to another 2 keyboards,really fattens up your sound and compliments it.I`m using it hooked up to the Yamaha CS2x and the Roland JX-305 and my sounds awesome! Another feature is the Analog setting which adds some chorus or slight detune which really brings it alive!.A bargain i think at £117.
Cheers FEZ
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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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