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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 23 reviews )
 13 reviews57 %
 6 reviews26 %
 3 reviews13 %
 1 user review4 %
Value For Money : Excellent
andrewrichardwainwright02/07/2013

andrewrichardwainwright's review"The 1990s in a box"

Roland JV-1080
These machines are going very cheap at the moment

In much the same box as the previous flagship D550, it likewise blurs the line between synth and ROMpler. For those who want a library of bread and butter, ready made sounds, there's four banks of 128 patches. Programming is similar to the D110, consisting of four tones within a structure, which offers various modulation options. The use of one tone to modulate another is familiar to older LA synthesizers and results in flexible and unique results. Free software editors are available, as are sounds. On the ROMpler side, there's 8mb of ROM expandable to 48mb. Mono sounds with portamento , legato and so forth are catered for too. Especially cool are the two DSPs, which have flexible routing options and are midi-clocked.


UTILIZATION

Like digital synths of it's era, there's a lot of parameters, a small screen, a single knob and a few buttons. Use of a software editor/librarian is a must for serious programming.
Plenty of outputs for multi-timbral work. There's GM, but not GS.

SOUNDS

Factory presets are generally very like the Korg M1, Yamaha TG55/77 and other machines of the early 90s, late 80s, slightly clearer resolution due to cheaper chip space of the later years. However, it's more programmable than the M1, and you can use analog-style waves instead of acoustic ones and create "classic synth" patches or combine the two to give a D50-style effect. Use of LA structures gives the ability to do the latter with some accuracy. Would be nice to have "pure" LA oscillators like the D50 though. Drums aren't as well catered for as the M1, say, but expansion is possible.

OVERALL OPINION

This sort of instrument has been sidelined by virtual analog / physical modelling and soft synths. If you're an old school muso with an Atari though, it's the bee's knees. They go on eBay in the UK for about £150. Unlike the M1, there's no software clone. Though the GM implementation is basic (no GS/XG) the results on a typical midifile are very professional.


I'd recommend this machine for someone with an analogue-based tape (or non-PC hard disk) studio setup who needs a digital synth to cover all bases, maybe with a hardware midi sequencer- it can potentially replace a whole rack of midi gear. I bought mine as I needed a hardware GM machine. Being hardware and having multiple outs, it's great for putting through all your FX, peddles, compressors and so forth.

To sum it up, it's probably my least used synth, however if I had to get rid of all but one, this is the one I'd keep.
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland JV-1080
No tweaking options

$ 350

UTILIZATION

Just needs a larger screen

a Tank

SOUNDS

Great.. retro.

OVERALL OPINION

It has sounds that just can't be found on other moduls.. do not buy it for sounds like piano, brass, and strings. but it has perfect rhodes, clav etc presets.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: julianct (January 1-, 2006)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland JV-1080
64 Note polyphony 16 parts multi 4x Expansion slots, 4 layers per voice, 3 effects blocks. Drum Kits = 2 user, 6 presets. 512 sounds in banks A,B,C,GM plus 128 user. For the time this came out it was a well spec Synth module and still is!

Price paid

£599

UTILIZATION

The screen is far too small to edit on but you get use to it after a while. When in Multi mode I found that there is a lot of button pressing just to do very basic things like! sellect parameter button then midi parameter then channel just to sellect a midi channel even although its layed out logicaly at this level. The usability could be worse but then it could be a whole lot better but it is getting old now!

SOUNDS

The drum kits are not all that great but when expanded with a card from which there are 19 available they are much better. I found that the sounds are clean and have a good overall dynamic range that fit well with other gear. I dont like the Reverb too much and have always prefered Yamaha effects over roland, that said they sound ok. This sound module has very nice strings and pads and a good overal set of sounds which work well together in a mix. The filters im not to happy with and the same again I much prefer Yamaha filters which sound much more analog sounding.

OVERALL OPINION

Its built like a tank just like a tonka toy but a toy it is not! The older gear was made better built they seemed and this module is a very good exsample.

Im still using it on all my tracks mainly drums from the techno expansion board and pads. This is a good allround synth and sits well with other gear in the rack. I dont think I would sell this other than maybe for a Yamaha CS6XR but both would be nice.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 6-, 2002)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland JV-1080
It's a bread n' butter module. 64 voices, 16 parts, a whole bunch of effects, 6 outs and 4 expansion card slots. I guess that covers the most important features.

Price paid

$400

UTILIZATION

I really don't like playing around in menues.. but this module actually has a pretty nice interface (i like it more than the interface on my JV-2080). It takes alot more time to do stuff on this than on the JV-2080... but since the interface is clean and easy to understand i learned it fast without a manual. There are also some nice quick tutorials on how to use it on the net. (check this for example: http://www.wsd.net.au/jvxp/educational/ )

It's metal, it's black, it looks cool! Never had any problem with either this or my 2080 (almost the same stuff..)

SOUNDS

It got high quality samples. You can layer samples to make new sounds.. add effects.. play around. It really sounds great. The expansion boards (JV-SR-cards) adds extra samples and patches that mostly sound really nice. I almost only use the sounds as background stuff.. hardly ever any sounds from it for main melodies and stuff.. got other stuff for that. I use this module to build up some more atmosphere to my music.

OVERALL OPINION

Thinking of gettin' rid of my JV-modules since i don't use them so much as i really should. And for piano and drums + other stuff i really prefer using a sampler even if that means up to 10 times the work. The JV's are great workhorses.. does it work without fooling around!

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 5-, 2002)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland JV-1080
Good Midi implementation and 8 outputs. 32 notes poly was a fairly good amount for 1986. Memory card slot on the front allows addition of extra sample waveforms for use in programming your own sounds. Small LCD makes editing difficult (and all editing must be done via this LCD unless the PG10 programmer or a computer is used).

Price paid

£85

UTILIZATION

An absolute travesty. As I mentioned earlier, the 2x16 character display is too small to allow editing parameters not to be abbreviated. Furthermore, the editing system isn't always completely logical. I've never had a manual for this module, but have nonetheless figured out how to use it all. It did take a while though - I've had it 3 years now.

SOUNDS

When compared to todays sample based synths, it doesn't fair well. The samples are poor and make realistic renditions of their respective instruments difficult - avoid Piano's and Horns! It's Sample & Synthesis architecture does lend itself to producing some fairly bizzare sounds which is the only reason that it still sits in my rack. Funnily enough it can also muster some amazing UK Garage style orgran stabs!

OVERALL OPINION

A heavy steel 1U rackmount case, with small un-obtrusive buttons on the front mean that you'd have to really want to cause some damage if you were going to do it any serious harm.

Only used once in a blue moon in the studio mostly due to the fact that its difficult to edit. Theres loads of sound banks available on the internet tho - so have a check. If I needed to sell something in the studio for cash, I wouldn't be too bothered about parting with it - but like any true synth enthusiast - I don't particularly want to part with any of my gear.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 5-, 2002)
lukleprog03/14/2014

lukleprog's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" must"

Roland JV-1080
Everything has been said about this synth
j test to find fault but it's difficult
multi-effect is certainly light
64 voice polyphony is a trap and was quick to be in voice lessons in sequences responsible
multi mode provides a sound definition less accurate than the patch method
when you have a PCM card must unlock the memory whenever we want to save a patch it's pretty annoying
the wheel is fragile and when she began to screw up I have quickly stopped using it but as you can s' to skip this is not a fault
the level difference in the patches can be quite annoying but other than that no big deal

UTILIZATION

everything is clear in publishing and was quick to remember how s' use even leaving aside for a while

SOUNDS

pianos are playable even basic bass are round and punchy, organs in the éditants are nice and do not attack, sets basic chords are basic but hold up, the layers are so overplayed that n 'there is nothing more to discover in virtually presets
basic sounds is a distressing poverty, I don 'use it almost never
if manufacturers could hear the sounds that we can get out they would be awfully surprised
it covers all the needs of practicing zicos yesterday and today especially with SRJV cards that we can add
there or what synth delivers everything he has in the stomach it is with the map SRJV vyntage synth, a true wonder
knowing the fingertips, it m 'often identify a lead sound in ambient music or prog and reproduce virtually identical with its leads intuitive editing means (sounds and layers of moog, prophet , arp, solina, vp330, mellotron ...)
us lead sounds progs groups and ambient 80's
in the classical field it is not bad either
putting both cards expressive orchestral ensembles and inspiratifs obtained
I don 't use it very regularly doubling with orchestral sounds vst
there is also a handy trick using the mono mode is usually reserved for synth lead by applying the flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet solo classical instruments realistic and expressive obtained

OVERALL OPINION

I have this synth for almost 15 years and remains the nerve center of all my songs
sounds bases do not transcend and have been so used in music in general that it became unfashionable by force
it is essential to abandon the preset sounds and provide a good personal bank to get the best, also on mine even with the memory card I 've more space so this synth is expressive
coloring additive synthesis gives it its soft analogue wish
I have listened to one of his successors, the 5080 xv
sounds are brighter and quickly reveal defects in the waves as the old converters does not have
some patches sound less analogue to final but be aware that you want in life
if c 'was again I redeem the same again especially with the value of time
wxc09/30/2013

wxc's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Still great!"

Roland JV-1080
No keyboard or controlers is an expander

UTILIZATION

The general configuration is it simple?
Yes, but one must know roland is Still more or less the same operation

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
No need for someone who knows if one can

Editing sounds and effects is it easy?
Yes

SOUNDS

The sounds they suit your style of music?
This is what I sought, pad, strings, that 's it well!

The effects are they effective and responsive?
Yes

Are they realistic?
in enssemble gonna

OVERALL OPINION

How long have you use it?
Some weeks

Have you tried many other models before buying it?
Not really, not like the expander

What is the particular feature you like best and least?
The edition and roland sound

How would you rate the quality / price?
very much affordable for a roland synthesizer

With experience, you do again this choice? ...
Yes
Happy_Jesus08/16/2013

Happy_Jesus's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" the top of romplers"

Roland JV-1080
Synth sample reading or "ROMpler".
Polyphony: 64 voices
Multitimbral: 16 shares
640 patches with one bank and one bank USER GM is truly 384 patches truly own the JV.
Each patch consists of 4 tones (samples basic) combined two by two through a circuit synthesis JV (VCA, VCF, LFO, ring modulator, booster).
1 module digital effects with high quality including flanger, phaser, delay (very good), distortion, chorus, reverb.
1 + 1 independent reverb and chorus.
Note: multi effects and LFOs are synchronized clock to the south, which is particularly effective for the time or for rhythmic effects with LFOs.
In performance (16 patches in multitimbral) mode, the module effect, reverb and chorus are common to 16 patches: it is in my opinion the only (and large) default JV 1080.
The sounds are flexible in all directions and well planned: via external modulators (bend, modulation, expression), or internal (2 LFOs, envelope 1 VCA, VCF 1 envelope). The sounds come out rich and dynamic, especially tablecloths and leads.
Connection complete mornings + 3 analog stereo outputs 6,35.
Another highlight of the JV: the ability to add four SR-JV80 expansion cards. With an average of 250 patches per card, it's a thousand more patches under the fingers.

UTILIZATION

Despite large capacity of synthesis, the use is simple and the user manual is very educational.
The navigation system patches is practical given the amount of patches: a large knob that lets you browse one at a time or 10 10 or navigation through the + / - buttons with the possibility of accelerated simultaneously pressing the navigation.
To edit the patches, you must go into the menu, which makes the JV 1080 more studio instrument that live unless they have an external controller. Despite all the navigation is made relatively easy by the matrix organization of menus to navigate horizontally on patch patch (in performance mode) or from module to module (in patch mode), vertically you edit the settings.

SOUNDS

1080 JV marked and still marks the contemporary soundscape. Some patches have even become cult (that would be the soundtrack of "who wants to be a Millionaire" without the inevitable patch "flying waltz?").

More generally, the sound palette is varied with a dominant electronic, film music, effects and tablecloths.
Bank A is mainly composed of acoustic sounds to start with piano (medium), the (very good or good hammond, good church) rhodes and other Wurlitzers (excellent), organs, electronic leads all good, bells (including the classic Fantasia D50) and guitars.
Bank B: saturated bass guitars (with a good electronic dominant - Moog, MS20, etc. -.) Electronic leads (all good IMHO), sliding to the solo acoustic instruments (good) through the inevitable shakuhachi.
Bank C: analog leads (big sound program) and choirs and pads (the best patches in my opinion) to finish with FX (right).
The "vintage synths" card is excellent: the solina is falling, bass, leads, everything!
Some cards are even too specialized: the "orchestral" card is almost unusable for everyday use but refers to specific products (eg music games Tomb Raider II and III).

Analog sounds are all very good (well highlighted by the filters and convincing envelopes) and have nothing to envy to a VA if not the obligation from a sampled waveform. As against some circuits synthesis are useless (or booster ring modulator) and quality of patches is mainly based on samples of basic filters, LFOs and effects.

OVERALL OPINION

I use this synhté since 1995. I do not resell: this is a must and it is more than enough to cover the expected ROMpler a 90s sound palette. At most I squint occasionally side or KORG EMU to complete the sonic palette (ah the famous shaku EMU II! ...).

Polyphony is a strong point of the JV 1080: we can draw a complete mix multitimbral and it sounds!

A 200 € used today, it is a boon for any musician wanting to equip cheaply and wants to sound pro.
ipm05/24/2013

ipm's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland JV-1080
2U rack well built, large clear screen, internal power supply, 64 voices, 16 muti. separate outputs and twelve o'clock trio

Excellent standard expander, 4 places for housing SRJV

UTILIZATION

simple configuration, and publishing is simple enough for the roland. manual provided enough

SOUNDS

Everyone spit on the JV gender, yeah, it's old sound, it's already heard all ... "This is a Römpler we can do nothing today with ca ..."

Except that yes there are presets for suckers, but it is especially true synthesizer, with a small controller assignable twelve o'clock (eg my remote 25 first name), with a simple patch (sine, square ...) can all the same to have fun!

especially when deadlines are good and that the phasers are really disgusting, but hey I do not wrestle because they sell sold off now. then I fits me completely

I put great because there will always be the best big brother JD! but the JV has more memory and those are more accessible

OVERALL OPINION

I have 3 and 1 JV 2 JV1080 JV2080 (with 8 cards SRJV it!) since 1998, personal fits me very well. 1080 I used for tablecloths and some damn good leads.

I love my JV, they are soft tones, not too marked, not too "bright" either, but I like the filters certain patches, it makes me think serious wisdom - off the wall (enjoy Yourself) who knows why ...

September 1 because there will always be the JD above!
suntsu01/26/2013

suntsu's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Excellent!"

Roland JV-1080
It is a module, so no keyboard ;-)
Sound synthesis is based on 4 wavetable oscillators. The number of waveform 448 is available. Along with this it is possible to combine 16 "layers", each containing a maximum of four oscillators ...
Everything is editable and controllable depth (envelopes, filters, LFO, etc ...)
No utility available for JV-1080 but it is not serious, we made it fast!
Maximum Polyphony 64 voices!

UTILIZATION

Setup is simple, once you have a little experience and the manual is very well done!

SOUNDS

I love the sound of this particular synth is digital because although it has a color, probably due to its 18bit audio engine and its 37kHz sampling frequency. Personally I love it!

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a week. I had already tried his little brother JV-1010 long ago. What I have is sound and that this machine is built like a "tank" on the other hand in size, it is the material of the 90s here no doubt ;-)

The value for money is unbeatable! 120 euros in the original box (or almost new module)