rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

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rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by nuketifromorbit » Sat Sep 03, 2011 6:53 am

I'm in the market for an affordable rack mountable rompler with decent acoustic and orchestral sound sets. I'm looking to spend some where between 100 and 250 American dollars. I don't necessarily require stunningly accurate samples and will over look a little bit of cheesiness if the price is low enough. Also I don't plan on doing much patch creation with this unit and would be perfectly happy with "a box of sounds." Any recommendations?
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Re: rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by Ashe37 » Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:03 am

nuketifromorbit wrote:I'm in the market for an affordable rack mountable rompler with decent acoustic and orchestral sound sets. I'm looking to spend some where between 100 and 250 American dollars. I don't necessarily require stunningly accurate samples and will over look a little bit of cheesiness if the price is low enough. Also I don't plan on doing much patch creation with this unit and would be perfectly happy with "a box of sounds." Any recommendations?
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Re: rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by Psy_Free » Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:35 am

You might be able to grab a Roland JV-1080 with the Orchestral Expansion card (SR-JV80-2) close to your upper cash limit.
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Re: rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by rhino » Sat Sep 03, 2011 3:47 pm

For about $300, you might get a Kurzweil K2000r.
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Re: rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by pricklyrobot » Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:16 pm

Yep, I use my JV-1080 pretty much exactly as you described. I've got the Orchestral II card (among others, though I haven't had Orchestral I, so I can't say how it compares) which I quite like.

Looks like the 1080's have come down quite a bit since I got mine. A quick look on Ebay completed listings shows several selling for $150 or less. Don't know if the expansion cards have decreased proportionally (a few years ago they were running $75-$150 depending on desirability/perceived rarity), but even if not, it looks like you could still fit synth + one expansion card into your budget.
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Re: rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by tallowwaters » Sat Sep 03, 2011 4:22 pm

I've tried many Romplers, and the only answer I was ever happy with was the Roland JV/XP/XV series. The 1010 is good for just dialing in a preset, but editing is pretty easy on the 1080 because you'll likely want to dial back the tacky reverb/delay they slather over everything.
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Re: rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by SquareWave » Sun Sep 04, 2011 12:21 am

Gear-wise, I've been out of the loop for a good 10-15 years, but this thread got me looking at some of the early 2000's Roland gear. I have always been partial to Roland mostly because of the D-50 - my favorite synth. I am rather impressed with some of the older rack-mount Roland stuff - particularly the JV and XV units. Wow! Sadly, a perusal of the current Roland gear is completely devoid on rack-mount modules of this quality...

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Re: rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by nuketifromorbit » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:27 am

Any opinions of the jv 880, ultra proteus, or sound canvases? Also thanks for all the great replies.
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Re: rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by Alex E » Sun Sep 04, 2011 11:46 am

JV-880 is cool, but the 1080 is only getting cheaper and it's got more cool things inside.
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Re: rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by tallowwaters » Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:58 pm

I have an XP-30, which is just a JV1080. You can plink around on it if you're still coming by next week, so you can get an idea.
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Re: rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by fh991586 » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:02 pm

The Roland JV series had some units put in rack alone, like the M-VS1 for the Vintage card, so you might find a M-SE1 (Strings Ensemble) or M-OC1 (Orchestra) for 100-150$ if you're lucky. They're usually cheap, but simply don't come up often...

Otherwise, you might try the Roland U-220, which has some nice sound cards (Orchestral winds, brass, etc.) to complement the basic sounds. For all I've read on the internet, the U-110 might not be that much of a good deal (unless there's a lot of cards included in the deal).
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Re: rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by nuketifromorbit » Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:25 pm

Well this is kind of out of the blue, but I ultimately decided on the ultra proteus due to its ability to do wave/rom indexing, low cost, and the inclusion of the proteus 2 orchestral rom. In short disregard the statement I made about not wanting to do any patch creation. In retrospect I should have stated that cheesy samples were fine and that I basically wanted something to mangle with outboard effects. I know its hard to edit, but I figured out how to use a freaking akai s2000, so I think I'll be ok. Thanks for the recommendations everyone, even If I basically ignored them.
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Re: rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by madtheory » Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:43 pm

IMO you went with the best option, the Ultra Proteus. Their orchestral sounds are great in a not quite real way.

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Re: rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by nuketifromorbit » Mon Sep 05, 2011 8:17 pm

madtheory wrote:IMO you went with the best option, the Ultra Proteus. Their orchestral sounds are great in a not quite real way.
Good to hear. Also seal's demo of the morpheus were enough to make me decide.
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Re: rackmount rompler for orchestral and acoustic

Post by MitchXI » Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:43 pm

For a lot of the sounds from the MYST soundtrack, Robyn Miller used a proteus mps +, with the same Proteus 2 sounds. I liked that soundtrack. I like the Proteus 2 sounds.

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