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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Freddie Sanborn a part-time user from Grass Valley CA writes:
I've had my JV1000 for 6 years I actually like the individual unit configuration. Pianos & Pads are good. With 60&70s expansion B3s are workable but never like the real thing. Seperate sequencer out is nice I like the individual displays for keyboard & sequencer. I use it with my XP30. There light & sound great together. Bulk transfers are also a plus. I'll probably keep it. Roland seems to ignore this one. I like it.....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-21-2000 at 02:53
Mark from Washington D.C. writes:
I've had mine for a month now and I love it except for the polyphony (28) but other than that it's cool. Great sounds and the sequencer is cool. This joint is basically three units in one (keyboard, sequencer,and sound engine) and they're not really integrated so there's a bit of a learning curve. On the upside though, there's a ton of editing parameters so the sound of this board can't get tired (well they can but this is where expansion comes in). Also I've found a way to get around the linear format of the sequencer. All you have to do is create whatever patterns you need (such as main, chorus, break, etc.) and link them. VOILA Instant pattern-based sequencer. Also the entire setup can be recorded onto the song. One downside though, the drum sounds are garbage. I would recommend getting a sampler and sampling the drums. But the other sounds on the drum kit are usable.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-May-12-2000 at 02:02
Terry a hobbyist user from england writes:
I have just bought one of these machines but i bought to act as a mother keyboard to play with my jv1080 and wavestation as far as doing midi work it seems week obviously the poly is crap but it was a choice of a mother keyboard with no sounds or this jv1000 with sounds i think i did alright but working it out is another problem

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-16-1999 at 19:10
Ben a part-timer user from canada writes:
My rating is valid for feb 1999 not for the time I bought it.

Pros: very thick pads and sweeps... Good piano, decent acoustics in general. synths are pretty good but there is few. The effects are excellent BUT...see the the cons. Never used the sequencer...see the cons... very creative instrument thanks to the 4 layers. Decent keyboard thought a bit noisy. Buy it for ambient, new age music.

Cons: POLYPHONY what a lowdown, one instrument with full effects (reverb and chorus)thats it if you don;t want to get cut offs. for this reason, I use a multi-track editor to record one instrument at a time to get the full quality. -If you use performance mode (multi-timbral mode), the sounds are very different and weak, un-lush. - The brass are only average. the trumpet sounds like a mini-trumpet (know what I mean) - Outdated processor wise, not quality wise. - Too few samples - The drums suck and they are all the same samples but with but tweaked with filters.

Conclusion, don't plan on using the sequencer for to make a complex tune. one instrument at a time. This is not a complete instrument but is very professional in sound quality especially for the pads and sweeps, sound fx, layers capabilty. forget the drums, forget live gigging, forget the word polyphony. Buy it if it's very cheap...synths today are cheap for what they do...

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-20-1999 at 01:55
Konstantinos a part-timer user from Greece writes:
One of the most powerful Synths ever. Advantages: Excellent sounds, sequencer included, a great sound-synthesis tool(more than 100 parameters to create your own sounds), Voice expansion capability(which actually means you have another Synth-with 127 new great sounds-in JV1000), more than 6 available Wave Expansion Cards on the market each of which adds about 256 new sounds,wonderful design

Disadvantages: A non expert will need about 1 year to understand how it works, there could be more wave-expansion slots (it has only one),the alpha-dial may malfunction after some years and everybody would be happier if it could handle high density disks

However this Synth makes an artist out of nothing and I personally think that anyone who's got it should consider himself lucky.I will soon put some samples of what you can do with JV1000,in my personal web page which is now being created.If any one wants to hear mail me,and I will send u samples.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-25-1998 at 18:57
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