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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Sergio España a hobbyist user from Spain writes:
I owned one from 1996 and still makes smile when I programed some killer patches on it. I simply can´t understand why are sold so cheap this days. Take that Vintage expansion board. Fitted on and tweak filters,LFO´S,Waves and with a little of pacient you will be reward. My only criticism about JV-1080 are some schortcomings in programing estructure, like Sync oscillator (Implemented on JD-990 and never in JV Synths) and the way the ring modulutation and FXM works becasuse really needs hours of parameters ajustment to get some interesting sounds. And a better EFX and reverbs. Despite all this shortcomings my note is 8 points from 0 to 10.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-28-2009 at 08:26
Panos Chatzigeorgiadis a professional user from Athens/Greece writes:
well...what to say bought it mint avtually the super jv model with 4 expansion boards for...200 euros !!!!!...a real bargain and of course sounds great...seems that people get rid of all these hardware stuff nowdays but thats great for me he he...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-08-2007 at 08:09
Al a part-time user from London, UK writes:
Amazing piece of kit!

Selling three small pieces of gear I'd just about explored totally, I wanted a really good 'total solution': something capable of bringing back the 'wow factor' I felt had been missing with the sample-based synths I'd owned and able to handle almost anything I could throw at it.

I'd previously owned a Roland SC-55 Sound Canvas which is a GM unit. As the 1080 has all 128 of the SC's GM sounds, I've been able to reproduce anything the SC did on the 1080. As well as the GM bank it has three banks of presets (128 patches each), a PCM bank and a user one. I've also got two expansion boards inside it; the Experience II one which is a mixed bag and the techno one. Both of them are awesome and really show off what the beast can do.

If you only had a laptop, the 1080 and a mixer, you could still turn in excellent stuff as this bugger has almost everything you need. Loads of original and classic basses - many from vintage Roland gear - great strings, pads, effects, leads, etc and the much sought-after complete TR-808 and 909 drum kits along with 707,727 and CR-78 sounds round out a total solution for sequencing, especially for dance music I'd say. The logical layout means that all parameters are easily accessible.

Some of the loops on the techno board are superb and I don't even use loops in the stuff I do! It's easy to see why the 1080 is an invaluable workhorse for many studios the world over. A real winner. If you see one at a decent price - especially if it features one or more expansion boards - buy it because you won't be sorry.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-22-2007 at 10:21
marvin bryant a part-time user from new haven,ct. writes:
I love my roland 1080. buy one of the sound card, if you can find one it's hard to find. it make this unit come alive!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-26-2007 at 18:11
Subha Pindiproli a professional user from South LA, USA writes:
I have been using the Roland JV 1080 with my General Music Arranger Keyboard WK4. The display on the Roland JV1080 is not easy to read or navigate.

To get around it, i downloaded the latest version of a freeware program called ChangeIT version 2.11 released sometime in 2003 - re-written for Windows XP.

Using ChangeIT and setting your performance and Patches in RealTime makes using the module makes your work simple.

There is still one thing i would like to learn is how to setup a patch and use the tonewheel in my case a toneball and modulate the pitch or breath say for an instrument like PanFlute.

I have about 3 expansion boards with the module:Orchestra, Asia and Bass&Drums. The possibilities are endless, and the fact i have an arranger keyboard, playing the Roland Unit thru my arranger keyboard with Built-in 16 track sequencer is a plus.

The sounds on the Roland Unit is marvellous , much better than my WK4 keyboard.

thank you

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-19-2006 at 15:51
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