Roland JV-1080
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Roland JV-1080

JV-1080, Digitaler Synthesizer (Rackversion) from Roland in the JV series.

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FP User 01/11/2008

Roland JV-1080: Produktbewertung von FP User (content in English)

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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)