Roland XV-5080

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The Roland XV-5080 128-Voice Synthesizer Module is the ultimate sound module based on the best-sounding, most expressive and expandable new synthesizer/sample player architecture in Roland history. With a massive 128 voices, the it is capable of extensive layering and multitimbral applications! There are true stereo waveforms per tone, expressive Matrix Control, expandability via 4 expansion slots for 64MB SRX-series waveboards (when converted into 16-bit linear format) and four SR-JV80 expansion slots. The sounds include those from the JV-2080 plus many more new sounds and waveforms from the JD-990 and Super JD.

Packed with the most professional features you can find in a synthesizer, the XV-5080 has plenty of quality built-in digital effects including reverb and effects derived from Roland SRV-3030, V-Studios, and RSS technology. There is an R-Bus port which provides eight-channel 24-bit digital output to other R-Bus devices as well as an S/PDIF digital output! The XV-5080 is compatible with Roland S-700 and Akai S1000 CD-ROMs via its SCSI port. The sample-memory can be expanded up to 128MB, allowing you to load, edit and playback sounds from these libraries!

Programming the XV-5080 is in-depth but intuitive and well documented. There's a Patch Finder for quickly finding sounds sorted by type, as found on the JV-2080. Programming the new Matrix Control gives sounds an unprecedented level of nuance! The XV-3080 is almost identical to the XV-5080. The XV-3080 does not have the ability to read and playback Akai or S-700 sample libraries. The 3080 does not have digital output. It also lacks the COSM effects processor. The XV-3080 only has a 2-line LCD display screen whereas the XV-5080 has a giant JV-2080 style LCD display. Minus these few limitations, the XV-3080 is still an immensely powerful pro-quality sound module. But for the most professional and elegant Roland synthesizer ever, look no further than the XV-5080.

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30 Visitor comments
May 4, 2009 @ 10:22 am
I own one since 3 years with the SRX-07 installed, 128 Mb sampling ram, and a couple of Roland strings samplecds, the best synth i have with Kurzweil K2500, flexy synth, acoustic-etheral-, analog feel, basses, leads, pads...all in one.
128 voices allow it to be used also on studio, when i compose i always use it somewhere.... cant be replaced!
Note: In the Roland official sound you can download the free editor (mac and pc), is very usefull for quickly editing.
Soundworld A.D.
March 26, 2009 @ 9:29 am
Load this heavy duty machine with 4 SRX and 4 JV-80 expansion boards and you have a box of sounds that will last for years. Couple that with a smart card, upgrade theRAM to 128MB and get sample libraries and you have sounds that will last a lifetime. This 128-voice synth took the legacy of the JV-1080 and JV-2080 to new heights. There are even some waveforms from the venerable old JD-990 in this box! The effects are solid and the sound is crystal clear. Even without all of the expansions, it is still a "mean machine." I was stunned to see the price listed as $2,400 (I don't think it cost that new!), but, considering the sonic potential of this thing...well worth it!
December 18, 2008 @ 9:12 am
I've had my XV-5080 for a couple of years now. I also own a Fantom-XR and Fantom G7. I like the big display. My Fantom XR display is small and is a real pain when you're trying to tweak things. The buttons on the XR are weird. The buttons on the 5080's are a lot better. The sounds on the XR are very good, especially the Ultimat Grand. But I love my 5080. I have it packed with SRX boards, and I really like to quality of the sounds. If you can find a 5080 at a good price, buy it. There are a lot of SRX boards still out there if you're looking for sounds.
November 29, 2008 @ 1:06 am
Maybe the solution for the acoustic piano problem is the SRX-11 board. I haven't listened to its sounds, but I have a Fantom-XR and the preset USER 001 Ultimat Grand is the real deal. A beaultifull, nice acoustic piano (very acoustic!), very diferent from the JV's pianos, and maibe better than contemporary Yamaha's or Korg's acoustic pianos.
The XPs and XVs have nice pianos, like the MIDIed Grand, but imo they don't sound acoustic. I had a JV-2080, and I couldn't find a good piano in it too, but it still is a great machine.
Maxim Korobov
October 31, 2008 @ 3:54 pm
OK. At first, look at my XV5050 comments and harmony-central review...

(i'll wait some)

I can tell what: this is Synth! It solve ALL my need of acoustic instruments. I have SRX-06 and SRX-07 expansions, and now it rock's.
Very nice, strings, reeds, brass, organs and all other. Believe me. All very good. Sometimes patches sounds like on 2080, but alway better (24-bit convertors do job fine).

Only thing - pianos. Realy basic sound as i think. Next month, i'll try SR-JV80-03 Piano. Demos are good, wanna get it.

Anyway, it's much better than my previously used XV5050.
Now i don't ever looked at acoustic-oriented synth's. All i need already have 5080!
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Dance sounds, orchestral sounds, pianos, drums and more on-board demos!

    Manual - Roland has made manuals for most of their products available as free PDF downloads.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 128 voices
  • Oscillators - 64MB of internal wave memory gives 1083 waveforms (including all JV-2080 sounds and waveforms and 112 waveforms from the JD-990).
    Expandable with SR-JV80-Series wave expansion boards and XP/JV-Series Patches, 4 slots.
  • Sampler - Load and playback Roland S-700 and Akai sample libraries via SCSI port using optional SIMM memory.
  • Modulation - Matrix Modulation - 4 destinations per source to modulate for unprecedented level of nuance
  • Effects - Studio-quality reverb, chorus and multi-effects derived from Roland SRV-3030, V-Studios, RSS, Slicer, Isolater and COSM technology
  • Memory - Patches: 1152; Performances: 96
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 2000
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