Roland JV-2080

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The JV-2080 is everything you could expect from a modern sound module, but more! A massive 64 voice multitimbral performance module that strives to offer the best all-around features for creating new and vintage sounds for any musical style. Excellent acoustic sounds of all instruments both common and ethnic. A massive amount of techno sounds complete with pulses, blips, sweeps, and the ever popular LFO, VCF and VCA type controls for patch editing and real-time editing. The 2080 is extremely expandable with room for 8 sound cartridges from the JV-80 series, as well as a data card slot. The 2080 has 5 excellent effects processors too, including the new EFX processors. Verb, delay, panning effects, chorus, flange, etc... It is used by many artists from all styles including Todd Terry, Max Graham, Richard Barbieri, Mike Oldfield, LTJ Bukem, ATB, and Hardfloor.

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mr. kapellmeister
February 3, 2010 @ 1:10 pm
The JV-2080 is a great synth, extremely versatile, and very dependable. However, having worked extensively with the JV-1080, 2080, and 1010 I can honestly say anyone thinking of buy this piece should, but not for any price over $275. If you have to spend closer to $300 save another 75 dollars and get an XV-3080. It's sounds better ,it has an extra bank, and editing is actually easier. Iv'e owned a JV-1010 and an XV-3080. I still own an XP-50 and now an XV-5080. JV's are not even close to the XV's, but if I saw one for the right price I'd be all over it.
January 13, 2010 @ 3:05 pm
The jv2080 is a real work horse. I use it in protools .It is configured so i can pick sounds directly from protools, never having to touch the control surface on the jv2020.This method also applies in Sonar . For live i use it with my keyboard controller to layer sounds and for lead solo patches. Also good for midi file playback-via general midi. Excepts 8 expansion cards GREAT MOD.
January 8, 2010 @ 5:41 pm
I love these old boxes. I used to program them in a music production class that I took back in 1999. These things are rock solid and work excellently with no problems. I loved picking though the soundset and hearing how great it sounded. If you see one of these pick it up!!
November 12, 2009 @ 4:20 pm
they're really good, but for sound quality the JD-990 eats it alive.
I had a 2080 for 9 years and got lots of good stuff from it, but it sounds somewhat dull in comparison.
Because it's limited to 32kHz audio bandwidth; the 990 is a full 44.1 kHz. The filter resonance is ugly/bad on this one, but quite rich on the JD - night and day difference. The JD "sizzles" very much like a real analog, the JV not so well.
The sounds are just fine, though. Even stunning sometimes!
Still the JV-2080 is one of the better modules ever made.
September 22, 2009 @ 7:23 pm
also had this one for many a year. great all rounder.replaced it with a roland d50. the d50 is so much more organic sounding.i dont think any of the xv or jv units will stand the test of time like the d50 has.especially when yo put the voice crystal 3 keith emmerson card into the d50. if roland could make a xv with the same classy d50 sound engine you would have a sure winner.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices
  • Oscillators - 8MB of sample ROM and acoustic simulation. Expandable with SR-JV80 expansion boards
  • 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, highpass, peak) with cutoff, resonance, key follow and velocity sensitivity
  • VCA - TVA ADSR (tone level, pan, key follow)
  • Memory - 128 user, 640 presets, 2 user rhythm kits, 10 preset rhythm kits, 32 user performances, 64 preset performances and 8 expansion board slots
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MIDI (16 channels)
  • Date Produced - 1997
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