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
Digi Fan
April 4, 2010 @ 8:42 pm
The JV-1080 has become one my favs. Can be programmed to provide yu with loads of classic quality dark sound's. Tasty LFO's, sharp filter's and the dedicated delay do the trick. Rich sound but not the too big 24 bit sound like me xp-30. Highly recomended if yu love programming.
February 13, 2010 @ 5:09 pm
this may be one of those "forgotten" synths. it is the main workhorse in so many studios all over the world but it never got the same attention like for example the MKS series. i like those exceptionally good factory presets!
tech charles
January 27, 2010 @ 5:52 pm
Is there a small army of people using M-Audio Oxygen controllers with JV-1080s?

Ok, the Oxygen is a breeze to program so the first thing I did was set knobs for bank select MSB and LSB and it's just kind of grown from there until I've got 4 presets of the oxygen dedicated to editing the internals, one preset that does patch /msb/lsb selection on the current and volume control across channels 1-8 and 10 and *all notes off* sent by the buttons underneath the sliders in case anything jams for live use.
raul lopes
January 17, 2010 @ 7:56 am
I bought a JV-1080 on a cash converters store as a present for myself this christmas for only 75 €, i´m a roland fan for years and my studio is loaded with roland gear, but i was impressed with the sound that this babe has, its huge, and i´m on to find some expansions cards, it was one well of a deal for the money and i already use some sounds on a session for this band i´m producing ! In one word....... ROLAND !!!
January 5, 2010 @ 8:47 pm
I bought a JV-1080 off ebay a few weeks ago for $165 (shipped). Let me say that the options of quality patches were pleasantly surprising. This unit is a hidden gem. This unit works great with my M-Audio Oxygen Keyboard controller. I created a how to for hooking up a Roland JV-1080 to a M-Audio keyboard controller if anyone is interested: roller.html
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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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