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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Samille Johnson a professional user from California (USA) writes:
The JV-1000 is one of the most powerful synths I have used, however it has its flaws and they are badd. I have had it in the shop several times to replace the desk top buttons on the A & B circuit boards, and lately its been shorting out while a sequence is running and loosing its memory settings. At first I thought it was the battery going bad, but I never got an error message saying LOW BATTERY. It also has some grounding issues that I usually gate out with a compressor, but over all that synth has yielded some great songs. I think that Rolands Brass, and Pianos are the best in the business. I have delivered tracks to clients whom swore that I was using Earth Wind& Fires Horn Section.:) If anyone out there can tell me what could cause the shorting out during playback, it just cuts itself off right in the middle of a sequence LIVE soooooo embarrising, please e-mail me at audioworks247@yahoo.com

Thanks

Sam J California

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-29-2006 at 12:38
Edna a part-time user from SE OK writes:
This is a great machine for its age. I use it with a GM expansion card. It has 54 tone polyphony with the expansion. The only thing I don't like about it is the flimsy buttons. I've had to replace about 4 of these and taking this thing apart is a real bear!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-16-2006 at 15:24
Steven Higgs a professional user from USA writes:
I've had continal success using the JV-1000 since September 1993, used it on many jobs in New Orleans until moving up to Boston in 1995 and have been using it through the end of 2005.. a) always been aggrevated at the low polyphony (this carries over into sequencing several tracks per song, even if just for the fun of it) b) some confusions in using the sequencer (no drum-looping??) and lately, c) the 'board has been shorting out on me (circuitry?) on stage, embarassingly, shutting off and on, randomly---could be based on the quality of the stage the 'board is set upon along with booming bass-player and drummer...could be contributing to the shortage. I'm also tending to believe that over the hundreds of jobs and thousands of miles travelled with the thing all these years, has GOT to have some 'wear and tear' effect, physically, on the keyboard... possibly jostling some internals, making the 'board short out.

At this point, I've decided to either continue using it (the great 60s-70's and Orchestral expansion boards have great organ, rhodes, and orchestral sounds, respectively) even with the shortage problem OR have it serviced (but at what cost??) and use the 'board as a secondary keyboard (for the organ expansion sounds and piano sounds)---and also invest in a newer keyboard, as my base keyboard. However, I might be gravitating toward using 100% of the time, the newer 'board, with 128-note polyphony (76 or 88 keyed, regardless)...and the obvious updated sounds and additional expansion-card slots...rather than the ONE-at-a-time for the JV-1000 (another complaint.) All of this said, it's paid the bills a thousand times over, in 12+ yrs. of its life-time...but uh... I think it's time to "get with the times" and just get a new board, altogether. Whether or not I use the JV-1000 as a secondary keyboard has yet to be seen (i.e. as soon as 2006 arrives) but I will always have fond memories of this keyboard, where it's "been" on gigs (from Bourbon Street to Boston) --- and I commend anyone else who has had equal life and fondness of this keyboard. No major major complaints...just that, the board is losing its... "umph" from when it was brand new in 1993.

Keep on playin!

Steven near Boston, MA

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-24-2005 at 21:17
am stanlypaul a part-time user from india writes:
im studying master of engeneering (me)i play the jv1000 as my part-time .it has very nice performance expecialy the sound depth is realy very strong .i used it for last 6 years i have some doubts in memory section the 2DD flopy disk was not available any where i dont know to read the standard midifiles from other keyboards (corg,yamaha....etc)so please u tel me the way to use my e-mail id is amstanlypaul@yahoo.com

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-07-2004 at 22:08
otaku a part-time user from UK writes:
OK, THE ROLAND JV1000. AN EXCELLENT PERFORMACE SYNTH WORKSTATION BENEFITTING GREATLY FROM ITS ONBOARD 'MC' STYLE SEQUENCER, FLOPPY DRIVE AND EXTRA OCTAVE OF KEYS.

I HAVE BEEN USING THE EXPANDED VERSION OF THE KEYBOARD FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS NOW, NO TECHNICAL GLITCHES, ROCK SOLID PERFORMANCE.

AS FOR ITS ALL IMPORTANT SOUND PALETTE, WELL YOU CAN DISPENSE WITH ANY ROLAND 'U' SERIES SYNTH YOU MAY HAVE,( YES INCLUDING THE D70!!)AND ALL OTHER JV'S THAT CAME BEFORE ITS ALL IN THE JV1000 AS STANDARD. PCM SAMPLES ARE ITS CURRENCY OF SOUND GENERATION.TO MY EARS ITS THE ELECTRIC PIANOS,MASSIVE PADS AND STRINGS THAT WIN THE HONOURS HERE. THIS IS A GOOD CLEAN CRISP SOUNDING SYNTH, SOUNDS LIKE A SUPER D50 WITH FX. IF ITS ANALOGUE/VINTAGE YOU WANT I'D STRONGLY RECOMMEND GETTING THE PCM EXPANSION BOARD.

FUNCTIONALITY CAN BE ALITTLE CONFUSING AT TIMES BUT THEN AGAIN THERES ALOT OF FEATURE BUTTONS ON THE FRONT OF THIS BEAST ASWELL AS A SMALL HOSTE OF CONTROL SLIDERS,( MAKING FOR EASY QUICK EDITS).THAT SAID, THE FRONT OPERATING PANEL DOES APPEAR CLUTTERED WITH A TOTAL OF OVER 100 BUTTONS!! THAT IS THE ONLY REAL CRITICISM I HAVE OF THE MACHINE.

EXPANSION COMES BY WAY OF RAM/ROM CARDS, PCM SNAP IN BOARDS AND THE VE RD1 BOARD WHICH SHOULD IMMEDIATELY BE ON YOUR SHOPPING LIST IF YOU ARE USING THE SEQUENCER CONSISTANTLY FOR INCREASED POLYPHONY.

SO THERE YOU GO, THE JV1000, EVERYTHING YOU WANT FROM A SAMPLE PLAYING DIGITAL SYNTH WORKSTATION. SHOULD YOU INVEST IN ONE SECOND HAND, DONT TAKE IT ON WITHOUT THE ALL IMPORTANT MANUALS.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-14-2004 at 18:14
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