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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Toby a part-time user from Australia writes:
I bought a 1080 second hand for AU$1500. Its a great all-round synth. Its been reffered to by many other programmers as the "backbone" to their midi systems. Its definately not the begginners synth. Its got a pretty steep learning curve on it, and the manual that came with it was written for geeks. The sounds are excellent if your after a synth that can give you a bit of everything. The sound quality is excellent though! Its got loverly string patches and acoustic instruments arn't bad. Its not much of a dance orientated synth tho. But you can make some pretty messed up sounds on it, esp. with the effects units.

My advice, buy the JV2080 because it has all the pro's of the 1080 and a much larger user window. It also has graphical editing features, rather than just numbers (like on the 1080).

posted Sunday-Feb-02-2003 at 03:51
Yoda a professional user from U.S.A. writes:
Good is wat it is... If enough is one sample for great piano, filter must be very good as it is. Hidden power is wat it has. Has been seen for a simple rompler is what it was, but true sonic power it can give.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-16-2002 at 17:17
martijn toornvliet a part-time user from holland writes:
this thing is good! I bought mine second-handed for 450 euro ( wich is nearly the same as 450$) So, the price is also good. I always find a patch wich fit in the mix very softly. I also own a yamaha s30 and this one fills in the gaps very well. There's only one but: just one effect-section ( beside reverb and chorus ) But I can live with that. My advice: when you see one for a low price, then it's worth the money!


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-09-2002 at 14:09
Nick Chan a hobbyist user writes:
some idiot compared JV1080 with other modules according to ROM size. idiot. 16MB ROM on Alesis QS7 could not even sound better than 8MB ROM JV1080. Even Kurzweil (I think K2000) has 8MB ROM. a Sax on MOST 8MB/16MB Synth can't sound better than an M1 sax. Its the way they program the samples. No wonder JV1080 is a studio standard. There's supposedly 32MB ROM on RS5/RS8 but we know its TRULY sucky. M1Ex sounds even better with smaller ROM size. Almost everything sounds natural and what is supposed to be. I just love the warm strings , and the overused orch hits

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-24-2002 at 22:35
DZ writes:
I have owned three 1080 and two 1010. Now I have fully expanded JV-1080 and I love it. Expansion cards are great. I have analog/VA/hybrid/wavetable and JV is my only true samplepb synth beside sampler(PC). Well programmed it can sound close to the analog, just select right waveforms and use carefully that resfilter. One of the best buy for the low budged musician/programmer. Expansions are way expensive. I sold my Yamaha A3000 sampler and got JV. It's just too slow to mess with sampler (without harddrive+flash) when you get the idea (don't get me wrong, sampler is must for most musicians including me). JV is good basic workhorse and when some expansions added, its great. I love strings/pads. Feel free to mail me (from that page).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-02-2001 at 06:22
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