Getting back into hardware.

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Getting back into hardware.

Post by glynbo » Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:06 pm

After an absance of nearly 15 years i want to get back into hardware synths,and i have my eye on the Roland XV5080 as it seems to me,in the video`s i have watched it has great sonic potental.Last week i spotted also a Roland JV1080 and a D550 that i could purchase for £50 less for the pair than the 5080.What i would like to know as i have no experience of any of the synths is the sound making possibilities of the units,IE are the two better than the one or would the XV produce the same sort of sounds i could create with the JV and D550(i do like making my own sounds rather than using presets)cheers glynbo.

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Gear: Virus C, Super Bass Station, M1r, TX81z, S760, Nord Rack 2, Nord Lead 3, JP-8000, JV-2080, SY99, Trinity Plus, EMX1, TB-03. Live 9, iMac MC309XX/A
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Re: Getting back into hardware.

Post by Alex E » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:54 pm

If you're getting back into hardware, AND you like to create your own sounds, I highly recommend a JD-800 or JD-990 for the digital sounds you're looking for. The JV-2080 has the same user interface as the JD-990 but will definitely sound more like the JV-1080.
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Re: Getting back into hardware.

Post by Music Maven » Wed Nov 30, 2011 5:30 am

glynbo wrote:After an absance of nearly 15 years i want to get back into hardware synths,and i have my eye on the Roland XV5080 as it seems to me,in the video`s i have watched it has great sonic potental.Last week i spotted also a Roland JV1080 and a D550 that i could purchase for £50 less for the pair than the 5080.What i would like to know as i have no experience of any of the synths is the sound making possibilities of the units,IE are the two better than the one or would the XV produce the same sort of sounds i could create with the JV and D550(i do like making my own sounds rather than using presets)cheers glynbo.
I'm the current owner of an XV-5080, a JV-2080, and a D-550. I also owned a JV-1080 prior to the JV-2080 (which I purchased for the additional expansion slots).

I'm actually selling my XV-5080 because it's a bit redundant given that I also own a JV-2080 and no longer need the S-Series (S-770, S-760) sample playback features.

The JV-1080 and D-550 will definitely give you more sonic variety than the XV-5080 alone. It all depends on what sound you like and whether you want to dive into the synth and program it from the front panel. If you really like the sound of the XV/JV series synths and want to program your own sounds, then the XV-5080 is the way to go because of the larger/better screen and interface, significantly better effects. etc. However, if you just plan to treat the JV-1080 as a preset machine (and there is nothing wrong with that,) I would go with the JV/D-550 combo for more variety.

Hope this helps.

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Re: Getting back into hardware.

Post by glynbo » Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:01 pm

Thank`s for the info above,i will explore the above options and see what i can find.cheers glynbo

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Re: Getting back into hardware.

Post by silverlight » Sat Feb 04, 2012 2:51 pm

I spent sometime at the end of last year programming vangelis and JMJ sounds on my Roland XV-5080. I was surprised at how well it can recreate those analog sounds. Have a look on my youtube channel for some examples of this. Here is a link to my cover of Vangelis' Bladerunner End Titles Theme :

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