Synth Site: Roland: JV-1000: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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a part-timer user writes:
It rocks!! I've been using it for about 2 years. I love the organ and f/x sounds. It's a bit convoluted but well worth the effort of figuring it out.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-10-1998 at 14:54
Packrat a hobbyist user from USA (Oregon) writes:
I've had my JV-1000 for about three years or so and got it brand-spanking new, so it cost TOO much. I've learned almost every aspect of it over the years, and it's an amazingly powerful machine. I'm glad I stuck with it, and have been making some womderful original music. The orchestral sounds are realistic, but I just wish there were looping options and more drum sounds. Someday I may trade it in, but for now I'm quite happy. BTW, someone else was wondering about sng files? Not sure what they are, but yu CAN save your work to a .mid file if you want to.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:07
Sven Erkens a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
I was lucky to find this instrument for only $800! It was brand new, had the

GS/GM expansion board and also an extra board with waveform (expression).

Now I've got a very nice machine that really gives me, as a non-trained

synth-player, something to work with. I'm very happy with it, because it

has good sounds (although the drums could be better) and it was very cheap!

It's an interesting idea for hobby-ists, if you can find it with a reasonable


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:07
Denislav Bratoev a hobbyist user from Bulgaria writes:
It's the best!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:07
Greg a part time user from Georgia writes:
Nice unit that has served me well (I use it with the sound canvas expansion board and an orchestral wave expansion board). However, I agree with others who have complained about the manuals - the indexing is terrible, and the English is pretty broken at times. Also, I inquired at one point about upgrading the diskette drive to high density, but Roland explained to me that the software that runs the unit is not set up to handle an upgrade. This is rather inconvenient, but not a disaster. The learning curve is high, but the sounds are generally great. I use the sound canvas for drums and electric guitars(I actually like them better, but still wish for improvements)which helps to reserve more polyphony for the JV's fatter sounds. I also wish for better bass guitar sounds, and wish the unit had more wave expansion slots. The "Enter" button on the sequencer gets used a great deal more than anything else, and so it was not too much of a surprise that this button went bad after a few years. However, the $200+ dollars to repair one little button at an authorized service center was a shock. One funny thing I never figured out is how to delete a song from memory without having to turn the unit off and back on. I have not gone back recently to see where I might have missed this in the manual.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:07
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