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
April 18, 2013 @ 8:53 am
Everyone is missing the point here - the xv-5080 is 10+ years old - the Intergra is using the all the base xv-5080 sounds / patches - 5080 is an awesome synth - I have one with all 8 slots utiilised - Korg have great synths too its all personal preference but:
Can any company say after 10+ years they are imaging a new product with the sounds on something 10+ years old?
What I don't like from Roland and the Integra - and that's why I am keeping my 5080 - you can only load "4 Virtual expansion srx boards at a time so if you want to utilise all12 of the srx boards you would need 3 integras
January 26, 2013 @ 11:12 pm
This is the very best Roland Module ever made, it's the last module you will need, well that is until the Integra came out... I had one when they first came out and it is very powerful, fully loaded it has enough sounds and editing features to handle anything you can imagine... and it reads .wav files... hello!
August 18, 2012 @ 6:14 am
I agree that there are no 'better' synths, it's all down to taste and personal preference in terms of sounds. I have the JV-1080 and KORG Trinity Rack and due to the lack of room in my home studio setup I've found that I can get just as many sounds in a much smaller package. I'm currently looking to buy one of these things off ebay and maybe some of the Emu Proteus Racks. Great things racks!
August 15, 2012 @ 6:45 pm
adrian4u: Korg in all dimension - CRAP!
July 30, 2012 @ 4:34 am
I were surprised to found that XV5080 has ONLY global midi activity LED, and not _PART_ activity indicators in performance mode! Imagine now when you need to locate specific multitimbral parts of 16 channels which make activity -- on JD990 and JV1080 the actual part on/off switch blink on midi data (besides midi message led). On XV5080 those buttons have only part on/off function which leaves quite blind. On XV5080 I need to go solo mode and inspect EVERY channel to find it out. So I keep JV1080 too.
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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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