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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44 Visitor comments
August 29, 2013 @ 7:54 am
@ian m - units sold may be a deceptive metric, the 1080 was available for nearly 8 years, the 2080 for about 3 years, which may explain the difference - however, I've used/owned an 80/880/1080 and XPs 30/50/60, as well as some of the MCs, and still use a XV 5080, and once you turn off the EFX/Chorus/Reverb, in all honesty, and from memory, I think they're (mostly) sonically identical (the XVs certainly sound better, and the 24 bit 80/880 lacks the efx). I'm not suggesting that your ears are wrong though. I'm getting grey and I know my ears aren't as good as they once were.
August 28, 2013 @ 10:24 pm
@leo - it's smaller than you think. Also, this kind of gear was never meant for home "consumer" anything. The purpose of rack gear has always been more geared towards the professional, and by proxy the studio. Rack gear is meant to allow a high density of processors and instruments to fit in a small space, like a studio. You bolt everything in and then hook up midi. @ lewis - i love the idea of that, everything in one box, just open up and play. Would be really cool if I could get a rechargable battery in there for in the park performance.
Ian M
August 25, 2013 @ 9:15 am
Classic unit but to my ears the 1080 sounds a little punchier. Sort of Juno-60 /106 difference. No disputing the 2080 is easier to program and has more EFX but more 1080's were sold so there must be something to it.
August 18, 2013 @ 10:21 pm
A while ago, I bought a 2080 with 4 SR-JVs (3 of which I didn't have) for less than the average price of 2 SR-JVs on eBay. Bargain.
Despite being nearly 20 years old, a fully expanded 2080 is a "modern" sounding and acting synth - loop sync in particular means it's not far off, in terms of capabilities, to the sound engine of a contemporary DAW.
And yes, it's twice as good as a 1080.
Bob Richards
June 15, 2013 @ 1:51 pm
@Leo, I believe the 2080 is supported by both the Unisyn and Sound Quest editor/librarian software. And back to the debate over sound, I’ve owned both and if there is a difference it’s indistinguishable especially in the context of other instruments mixed together. Again, the ability to sync the loops and beats to midi clock on the 2080 makes it a 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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