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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88 Visitor comments
December 23, 2010 @ 9:02 am
I can't believe the sound quality of this rack unit, it is absolutely phenomenal. This is capable of film score quality sound (80s, 90s) that will bring tears to your eyes. It's a bit tough to programme but it's worth it. If you want pianos or real instrument emulations then you should probably just buy the real thing but that's still true today IMO. I like it more than the Korg M3.
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September 25, 2010 @ 8:59 pm
Well, I finally got a 1080 and I have to admit that is a terrific unit probably one of the top 3 Roland have ever made by far - I have an VX-5050 which borrows from the JV and the Fantom - probably more Fantom then we realize - the 1080 sounds great and it does make the SR-JV boards sound better - Honestly, I didn't think so, but sonically it does. Just a fact - I used JV-880's for years and honestly there is no comparison between the two - I have all 4 voice crystal sound cards and two SR-JV boards and wow packs a great punch - I highly recommend this unit to anyone looking to build up their studio - The JV-1080 easily holds its own against plug-ins and the latest gear - I have a lot other gear but this is just - my 2 cents!
June 30, 2010 @ 8:33 am
William Taylor, to remove the expansion cards you first have to roatae these little plastic knobs at corners. If ou look at top of card you should see a screw symbol. Once they are turn properly just lift up. Those little knobs due a preety good job of holding in those cards.
(Hard to find tidbit about the JV lineup)
The main reason why I like the JV line are those cards which can add sounds you would have previously had to sample. EMUs are easier to put in but don't have the collection of clasic sounds like the ones on my vinatge sythn.
William Taylor
June 29, 2010 @ 12:16 pm
How do you remove the sound cards from the expansion slots. When I take off the top of the unit I can see them but they will not budge. I can't find the screws that will release them.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

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.
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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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