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Post by ShadowsWithin » Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:57 am

I own a JV-1080 with the orchestral expansion and love it, im a metal keyboardist so base sounds are quite important, i love some of the string's it has on it (although the attack on some aren't as nice as they should be) the harpsichord on the expansion is one of the nicest i've ever heard on a synth. basically everything is good except the piano which i don't use much.

oh and my lead ound is nice, think jordan rudess without the +12 square wave and no portamento.

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Post by BluMunk » Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:11 am

I also love my JV1080 (well, both of them; anyone need one?).

I've got World, Bass & Drum, Vintage Synth, and Piano expansions for it (with an 'Orchestral' card on its way on Ebay as of an hour ago).

It's totally solid. The one place I'm not happy with it is for its piano (like my Alesis QS piano better), but otherwise I can't get enough of it.

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Post by differentbydesign » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:22 am

I have a JV-880 and 1080 and love them both the 880 is very underrated and has more punch in the bottom end that the 1080. I have Vintage, World, Piano and Orchestral cards installed and planning on addind the ASIA and another Vintage card to the 880.

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Post by RichShan » Mon Jun 02, 2008 12:51 pm

I'm being given (really!) a 1080 by a friend who never uses it and I'm interested in expanding it a bit...

I'll probably look for Vintage and Keyboards exp cards.

But I was wondering if ALL of the expansion cards are compatible with the 1080. I'd like the Techno expansion but as it's a later addition to the range I wondered if it would still work in the 1080

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Post by crystalmsc » Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:12 pm

RichShan wrote:I was wondering if ALL of the expansion cards are compatible with the 1080. I'd like the Techno expansion but as it's a later addition to the range I wondered if it would still work in the 1080
yes, all the SR-JV80 Cards are compatible with the JV1080. Only the Vintage Card has some additional material specifically designed for the JD-990. Such a nice friend you got there :wink:
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Post by RichShan » Mon Jun 02, 2008 1:51 pm

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RichShan wrote:I was wondering if ALL of the expansion cards are compatible with the 1080. I'd like the Techno expansion but as it's a later addition to the range I wondered if it would still work in the 1080
yes, all the SR-JV80 Cards are compatible with the JV1080. Only the Vintage Card has some additional material specifically designed for the JD-990. Such a nice friend you got there :wink:
Thanks... Any idea about all the SRX cards...

He is a nice friend indeed. A few years ago he gave me a JX3p that was gathering dust in his house. I spent a litle money on a PG200 and love the thing to bits.

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Post by crystalmsc » Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:24 pm

RichShan wrote:about all the SRX cards
no, they are not for the JV/XP line. those are for the XV or fantom line. read here for the compatibility list.
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Post by midi2 » Thu Jun 05, 2008 10:47 pm

i have bought a jv-1080 a few months ago too.Well it is a great synth with very good sound quality.I don't have any of the expansion boards but doesn't matter because it has so many good preset sounds.Actually I rarely need to program my own sounds...But the super jv is not just a rompler it is a very deep synth nad you can understand it when you ll try to program your own patches :P
I think that a d-50/550 is a more unique instrument with a very special sound :o I would trade my jv-1080 right now for a d550 if i had the chance

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Post by JMP » Thu Jun 05, 2008 11:09 pm

midi2 wrote:I would trade my jv-1080 right now for a d550 if i had the chance
Only my opinion, but think you may be dissapointed.

You think the JV presets are good, well then get some expansions in it, Vintage Synth or Orchestral II for example and hear even better results.

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Post by crystalmsc » Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:10 am

midi2 wrote:I don't have any of the expansion boards but doesn't matter because it has so many good preset sounds.
the Expansion board didn't only give presets, it came with a very good quality waveforms which most of the time impossible/hard to make just by using the internal waveforms.
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Post by shaft9000 » Sun Jun 08, 2008 4:15 pm

congrats on the 1080; it's a great-sounding workhorse.

I had a 2080 for 10 years until recently - it's the same but for an extra bank and more fx.
It was (and still is) one of the only pieces of gear ( that is not a sampler ) that you could create an entire piece using just that synth and it still sounds good all-around from percussion to bass to lead to pad - in multiple styles. Very few ROMsynths can do that short of the Kurzweils and a few other top-notch synth/workstations.

I like the JV sound a lot more than the XV sound... warmer, rounder and less clinical. I just sold mine because it's sound was getting pretty dated after ten years of using it, and the programming structure/lingo of Roland 1990's+ has always irked me.

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Post by seamonkey » Sun Jun 08, 2008 6:01 pm

Until recently I had the Roland JD990, 1080 and a JV1010. I sold them all to help finance my Solaris order. They are great synths, once had a xp50 too.
I've always loved the filters and rez on those boxes, stray off the menu path, start messing with the lfo's, filters, envelopes and you can come up with some pretty convincing analog stuff.
One overall unit overlooked by many and can be had quite inexpensively is the JV1010, I think it had the entire 1080,2080 soundset plus you can add an expansion card for even more sounds.

Only Roland I have left is my D50 and there really is nothing that can replace it, it's a once in a lifetime synth. :D
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Post by JMP » Sun Jun 08, 2008 7:47 pm

seamonkey wrote:there really is nothing that can replace it
Except maybe the V-Synth with a D50 card.... :wink: A D50 AND MUCH MORE !!

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Post by seamonkey » Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:23 pm

JMP wrote:
seamonkey wrote:there really is nothing that can replace it
Except maybe the V-Synth with a D50 card.... :wink: A D50 AND MUCH MORE !!
Well I had a V-synth, I also sold it to go towards my Solaris pre-order.
It's a great synth, lots of options for creativity. I bought the Roland D50 card for it and loaded my sounds from my D50, some of them were home rolled and did a comparison one day and at least to my ears the D50 sounded a bit better. The sounds in the V-synth are very close but when I A-B'd them I thought the actual D50 won.
The only thing I can think of that might contribute to the difference in sound is the A/D converters in the D50.*
*I'm not a tech-head I only play one on Tv. :wink:
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Post by JMP » Sun Jun 08, 2008 8:30 pm

I was only messin.... interesting what you say. I've had loads of Rolands and the D50- is one of very few I never liked the sound of. Had the D550 and the D50 card for the V-synth, neither lasted very long for me. Still a 'classic' synth in its day though, this and the DX7 II reigning supreme in my brief studio experience days back in 1988.

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