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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Brian Whistler a professional user from USA writes:
After reading other people's reviews I decided to buy one used (came with the Orch ll board) for a very good price. I knew the front panel would be useless. Didn't care because I like Jv sounds and have a lot of Roland gear already so am familiar with the interface/deciphering manuals etc. Hey, the manual did help a bit, with regards to doing a sys ex dump to my sequencer.

I was concerned that getting it to fully intergrate w/ my system would be problematic, but was pleasantly surprised to find out how easy it was.

I was able to get all the banks to show up in Digital Performer (and work!). I was able to get Sound Diver to work (had to use OMS though) and instantly set up performances. And it has that effect besides reverb/chorus which is a real bonus ( which I was able to use to eq some wimpy drums to sound quite decent!)

Then I found out how easy it was to dump my performance as a sys ex, which is how I like to work w/ my other gear. And it sounded great.

So in one afternoon I was able to feel comfortable with this unit, which really does pack a lot of punch for the money, especially considering the fact that I got it used w/ the orch 2 board for $300!

As an old midi guy it's hard for me to understand why people are so critical of this unit. After fiddling about with the Jv-80/880 for the last 10 years I for one appreciate double the polyphony (880 has only 32 voices) and the added effect, which you can use well in a performance to add a defining element to a prominent part. And you can record properly effected patches to an audio track if you need to get just the right effect in there.

And noise...well it certainly sounds better than the 880 on a first listen. Again, I don't know what people are hearing, but I always turn the volume on the front panel to "11", then all the parts all the way to 127. To balance then out I have found it best to do that with controller #7. When i did that, I could hear no noise of any real consequence. certainly no more than the 880, and way less than the old workhorse synths of the 70's & 80s.

The only thing that bugs me is that sounds are at noticably different levels. The stereo grand (which needs tweaking anyway) is much softer in volume than the other parts I chose for me first experimental sequence. I'm going to see if it can be made louder in the editor. And yeah, it has a weird cross velocity that causes it either to be very muted or loud with very little in between. Maybe that can be smoothed out.

Anyway, compared to my other pcm piano sounds, it has a lot more potential.

I kind of think some people are unrealistic in their expectations of this little unit. i went into it not expecting much and was pleasantly surprised by what I found, and the potential is there if you're not afraid to xplore the software.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-09-2001 at 13:47
Nigel a part-time user from North Wales writes:
Bought JV1010 earlier this year because many of the sounds were impressive. As a TV music composer, particularly liked the lush pads and strings.

Haven't got the Soundiver editing package to work with it yet which is frustrating, but seeking advice!

Volume levels certainly vary more than most synth modules, but not a problem with a mixer. Sounds cleaner than Roland SC880 which I also use.

Sounds also best when there aren't too many midi channels being used... once the number creeps up they start to weaken.

My unit has a habit of getting confused and failing to respond when I'm knob turning manually, requiring a power on/off and having to re-set everything which is a real pain.

Not bad for the money, but the Soundiver people rely need to get their act together and make it user friendly if its a product that's going to survive.

P.S. Still using a Roland JX3-P that's 20 years old and with the original internal battery (replace after 5 years) functioning. Don't make em like they used to!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-13-2001 at 09:00
x a professional user from United States writes:
After reading a lot about various low to mid range solutions I chose the JV1010. I had biases as most of the time I heard it the 1010 was hooked up to crappy speaker systems and sounded like garbage. However when played through a system that also had a Kurzweil K2600 attached I was able to listen to the JV1010 through a decent store system and do some comparisons.

The JV1010 fared well, much better than I expected. These are not the most inspiring sounds you'll hear but they are useful if you need tradtional sample playback sounds.

For $399 it's a good deal. Pianos, strings, pads, basses are all useful. The guitars are a mixed bag, some of the brass is useful as are reeds. It's not primarily built to be a techno/electronic box which is a pleasant alternative to almost everything marketed today.

The realtime user interface is fairly intuitive. It worked fine with Logic, Cubase and Cakwalk for multitimbral use. This isn't meant to create the next studio recording you do although the sound quality is a bit quiet but acceptable.

Perhaps some like the editor but that is the one area that kills this synth as far as I'm concerned. I hate working with it and don't. That makes it hard to be original. I have several compatible patches from an XP50 I once had but none address the session samples. 3 stars on that issue but sound quality and quantity of useful basic sounds a 4. Maybe one day I'll learn sound diver's implementation. Maybe one day I will speak in tongues....

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-16-2001 at 17:54
Rory Townsend a professional user from South AFrica writes:
I see many views on the JV1010 some enjoying it others cursing it. Well here goes mine. I enjoy using the sounds that are presets but when you discover the power of editing and producing your own sounds with a program like sound diver from Emagic, this creates a whole new dimension. Your ability to construct sounds will make the pain of learning how to handle sound diver a worthwhile investment. The only feature I would love to have is a greater deal of USER free space for creating large user presets and patches.

The key is to create uniques sounding instruments - in my case I love the Electric Piano's - and use them in recordings which will give your recordings a unique flavour that no one else has - because after all - you created the sound.

Be creative and the 1010 will inspire you daily

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-28-2001 at 06:00
Ligeti a professional user from USA writes:
I bought the JV1010 new for $400 and have owned it for about a year. The perfect word to sum up my feelings about this module is "lukewarm". I can't completely bag on it because of it's price and the things it does do well. It is very compact, durable, and has a handful of excellent Roland sounds- pianos, strings, synths.

I have found the Soundiver editing software to be a huge pain in the ass to use but editing without it would be an even huger pain in the ass. Most of the sounds are pretty crappy in my opinion: too thin, high noise, and low/inconsistent volume.

I regret not saving up more dough and just getting a higher quality module (Emu or top end Korg/Roland). I find the JV1010 to be of limited use unless I need sweeping strings, synth basses, or make-due piano. I will be putting this thing on Ebay in the near future- I'm over it.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-14-2001 at 21:55
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