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roland jv2080 & MKS50 advice

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:28 pm
by Tommygun
Hi there,
Im going to check out 2 modules going quite cheap and could not resist.

Its the Roland jv2080 & MKS50. I was wondering if there are software editors for the PC (preferably free :)) and if not can I access all the parameters from the lcd screen and buttons? I dont think Im going to get hold of a PG-300 controller any time soon...

or can I control sysex or parameters on the boxes with a device like a korg nano control or any of the million other controllers out there?

There is also a Roland MDC 1 Sound expansion Module for a similar price but not sure Im feeling that rich (or should I just do it?)

Are they worth getting? I like allsorts of music from ambient bleep to House/hip-hop, funk and electro. I also just got hold of a sh-1000 cheap so I guess Ill just sequence the audio rather than midi.

To be honest I have not made music for a while and my Atari is on the shelf along with the Dr T software but I got some Cubase software and am feeling inspired again and cant face he whole softsynth thing right now.

p.s. How many outputs do the boxes have? My old proteus1 has 8 I think and its pretty useful.
p.p.s It would be a useful addition to VS reviews to have a view of the back of the box's and also I quite liked the RRP (price) when it was sold
p.p.p.s First post!





TIA

-tom

Re: roland jv2080 & MKS50 advice

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:21 pm
by Z
Tommygun wrote: p.s. How many outputs do the boxes have? My old proteus1 has 8 I think and its pretty useful.
Results from Google Image Search:
MKS-50:
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JV-2080:
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Re: roland jv2080 & MKS50 advice

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:51 pm
by Tommygun
Ta!

Re: roland jv2080 & MKS50 advice

Posted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:15 pm
by Robonaut
The problem with the 2080 is that all of the sounds were sampled at 32 khz instead of 44.1 khz.

This tends to make it sound a little dull/muted.

The JD-990 and XV-5080 avoid this.

All of the JD-990's waveforms are 44.1. However, it has fewer waveforms than the 2080 and can only take a single expansion board.

The XV-5080 has all of the JD-990's waveforms at 44.1 (I believe) plus many additional waveforms from the 2080 at 32 khz. Also, it can take multiple expansion boards, including the SRX ones (which can't be used on the 2080 or 990).

Re: roland jv2080 & MKS50 advice

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:28 am
by Python Blue
What Robonaut said when it comes to the 2080's sample rate. Speaking as another user, however, my experience suggests you don't need a MIDI librarian for that particular rackmount synthesizer, due largely to its large screen, which, then again, is shared with the 990 and the 5080.

Re: roland jv2080 & MKS50 advice

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:09 pm
by blavatsky
The problem with the 2080 is that all of the sounds were sampled at 32 khz instead of 44.1 khz.
This tends to make it sound a little dull/muted.
^ this is correct, funny part is some people (myself included) like the slightly grainier lower fidelity JV1010/1080/2080 to the XV (very clean) sound. It's all about what you are going for.

Re: roland jv2080 & MKS50 advice

Posted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:38 am
by max badwan
there are a couple of freeware editors for PC/Win available for the 2080, but as noted, it's easy to tweak without a soft editor - I'm not sure about the MKS though (I've got a PG 300 so I've never looked). You can edit the MKS from the front panel, but it's fairly tedious.
Yes, they both respond to sysex, so a generic controller can be configured to edit both.
If you are looking at the 2080, skip the MDC and get the Dance (SR JV80 06) card instead.
Are they worth getting? Very good question. I'd give a definite yes to the MKS, whatever comes, you'll find a use for it; the 2080, well, you could look for an XV 5050, which seem to be at a similar price point, have a better spec and come with a software editor - don't get me wrong the 2080 is a fine synth, and fully loaded is a powerhouse of useful musical sounds, but the XV engine sounds better - the same sounds are cleaner and brighter, and it's stereo.

Re: roland jv2080 & MKS50 advice

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 1:59 pm
by Tommygun
A late reply but I got them both. Really enjoying them. I have trouble syncing the 2080 to my sequencers midi clock for some sounds despite having done what I thought I needed to do in the settings. I guess Ill keep playing. The MKS-50 required me soldering in a new computer type battery and finding the sounds online but both were reasonably easy.
Thanks for the advice 2 years ago :)