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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41 Visitor comments
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.
May 30, 2013 @ 9:32 pm
It may be that on a patch level a 1080 has an indefinable superior sound quality to a 2080, but at performance level and for tweaking, the 2080 wins hands down. Prices in 2013 mean you could afford both, anyway. I have to admit to a geeky likeness for anything from Roland called Super, but I think if I had to have only one, it'd be the 2080. Same basic sound, bigger display, more memory, and the price of peanuts as pookiman says.
@ Leo - I'm not aware of any software editors - you don't really need it though, the UI is about as good as it gets for this vintage
May 23, 2013 @ 2:19 am
The Roland JV1080 sound quality is superior that the JV2080.A large display,3 effects as same time and 8x expansion do not exceed the power of JV1080.Make a comparison
April 23, 2013 @ 7:15 pm
Does anyone make an editor or software for the JV-2080?
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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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