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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Bee1 writes:
This module is so powerful... It easely emulates almost any sort of instrument, really. Professionnal from end to end, and the user interface is a model of what an UI should be. I mean it DOES matter a lot. The quicker you go configuring/programming, the closer you can stick to the musical concept you're after, when sequencing, for instance. As a player's instrument, nothing to say, it has a great feel and a great interactivity. The 'category' functions is worth its weight of gold, also, and crucial when you're dealing with so many sounds. If you use old memory card for XP/JV1080 series, they of course don't implement that function and then you realize how you miss it (happened to me !). Effects are very good, even though the 'global reverb' doesn't sound extraordinary (still better than D50, anyway!!). I can't think of any obvious boundaries with that machine, it's clearly on of the best buy I've ever made, a real time-proof investment. Anyway high-end stuff usually doesn't let you down 2 years later..I got the 2080 it when it just came out, so once in a while, sound browsing will freeze... maybe due to early OS revision, don't have a clue.

Of course the 'analog head' will be a bit frustrated because it's simply not as warm as, say, a Juno. It's a fact. I've been programming a *lot* of sounds on the JV, and you definitely can't get the fantastic burning basses I get from my ATC1 or Jupiter4, or even Juno1. Which wont stop you from making _killer_ basses, but they just sound a bit different. Anyway it's simply not the real purpose of that machine... All in all one of the best modules from the previous millenium.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-14-2000 at 16:28
nubey from from totally inaapropriate land.. writes:
I know I shouldn't answer questions, but I use a nord modular which is about as open ended and fierce as synths go, if I don't like it I'll simply design another synth on my PC with the JV's you're more or less stuck with the PCM samples roland gives you, I love synthesis and can tolerate sample playback -- hope that clears it up for you..

we need new synthesis techniques not more glorified sample play back machines. For real world sounds and real sounding instrument imitations I suppose this and Kurzweil are the best units going, I know what a piano sounds like and frankly I'd rather hear a space sizzle and screech from my Nord than another sterile piano/organ/string sound from a Roland JV.

No disrespect intended to you JV'ers though.. 3 marks because of the price, if it was sub 1k maybe but $12-1500 is simply too much, sorry roland.



Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-13-2000 at 18:34
DJ a professional user from US writes:
Just got the vintage board for my JV2080. Great board. Compiments the Techno, 60s & 70s boards. Now I *really* have a tecno, ambient,Acid, Acid Jazz, dance, raving machine!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-25-1999 at 10:33
Carl a professional user from us writes:
Nubey, have you programed one? It sounds like your jelouse of bitter. What do you use instead? I have enjoyed my jv2080. I feel I've gotten my money's worth,and then some. I don't know why you're so angry/negative. It's a wonderful machine. By the way, a real creative person, can make music on anything. There is enough synth power to alter any of the waveforms, so you don't sound like anyone else. You must be the sort of person who just play presets. I think you should rent/borrow one, and program it. **Then** come back with some experience. If it's so bad why are you here? Trying to get validation on why to buy one.? ;)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-04-1999 at 15:37
nubey a professional user from USA writes:
Argh, please Roland no more overpriced underpowered PCM based modules, those were state of the art in 1986 now it's 1999 and honestly they haven't gotten much better -- why not try some new technology rather than stale PCM samples.

Roland: Innovate like you once did, rather than releasing a slightly improved version of an already available product with another 2k price tag -- they must feel their plastic must be fantastic.

Sorry value for you money obviously isn't an issue with Roland, they'll just put out another over priced simular product and you guys will buy it for that "Roland" name and then automatically praise it based on it's name alone. Sorry to be so negative I just don't understand how a vatitable copy of a 1080 with a bigger screen alone justifies the price, two words rip off.

Useful for those making middle of the road music/need real sounding acoustic samples ie. Country/Church music, rock people may find the organs useful, strictly electronic instrumentalists like my self I'll look elsewhere as I don't care to sound like everyone else. PCM just doesn't cut it for me, to limiting, no disrespect intended.

2 stars based on price and the fact it's basically a 1080.


Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-03-1999 at 17:46
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