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
mr. kapellmeister
February 3, 2010 @ 1:31 pm
Alex is right. For an all around synth it's kind of a must have. It's very versatile and stunningly powerful. I kind of miss my 3080 though.
Alex
December 23, 2009 @ 9:17 am
What man has important ... compatibility, patches, sound or just to use as all-in-one compact studio module. For last thing its ok.
But is it sysex compatible with JD synth series? Even if it has JD waveforms, I cant use the same patches as I used to have with JD, so, it does not replace out my JD synths. Though it has some compatibility with JV, XV and XP series it can be upgrade for these serie owners, but since the user preset amount is limited, and for many read only presets then I see it is more useful to have 2 JV synths becouse I have then more user presets for me. Or to maintain compatibility its best to have still both JV2080, JD990.
Mic Romoog
November 19, 2009 @ 3:49 pm
to Joe: there must have been somtheing changed at DA-converteres or achitecture of the synths since the XV-series.
I bought one in addition to my S-7xx Samplers, but the sound lacks.
A S-7xx give you a "PPPLASH", same sample loaded in the XV there is only a little "blash". Sounds like using BPF, no bass and silky treble anymore...
Where is the beef?
JOE
September 22, 2009 @ 7:21 pm
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.
Christian
August 22, 2009 @ 7:15 pm
Rush also uses this per the R-30 and Snakes & Arrows tour book equipment list.
 
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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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