Synth Site: Roland: JV-1010: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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DeadZone writes:
I had it only month or two, cause I bought full expanded JV-1080. For the price, it's quite kick ass machine (2nd hand). Hundreds of sounds and many parameters are able to control via MIDI (for example filters from AN1x knobs->same CC numbers!) You want as cheap as possible workhorse? This is it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-03-2000 at 09:16
Bryan Schultz a professional user from USA writes:

People seem to think this thing can't cut the mustard with the sounds? Sheesh what do you want for 400.00 Bucks!? This is the best sounding synth module I've heard EVER in this price range...

A little noise? Big deal! People are still using old Moogs and noisy analog synths for "professional" projects...

I have six clients that I work with and the JV-1010 has never let me down in finding an awesome sound to use somewhere in a track...

And if you were SERIOUS about programming synths, you wouldn't be fooling with the chinsy supplier interfaces supplied with keyboards anyway... You'd be using a programming package like SoundDiver or something...

The 1010 is EVERYTHING the company says it is... A great sounding cost effective module for ANY use...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-29-2000 at 00:52
Ron a part-time user from USA writes:
I've had my JV1010 for about 7 months, and I can't tell you how great a purchase it's been. If you have a purpose for it, meaning you need extra sounds, etc., then there's no need to complain. If you're purchasing this as your primary (i.e. only) module, you will be upset. I purchased it to complement the sound of my Quadrasynth (which sucks in the bread and butter sound category). The funny thing is, I'm using the JV as my primary sound generator, with the Quad and Roland Bass and Drums module doing additional honors. The bottom line for me, is that this is the most "bang for the buck" I've ever gotten. I'm putting up with the crappy interface, 'cause I actually find it fairly easy to use, seeing as my first two pieces of gear were the Roland S330 sampler and TR707 drum machine (the 330 was/is CRAZY to operate). Plus, the sounds are totally worth it. The D/A convertors? Certainly not "high end", but nobody's going to listen to any of my productions and say I used a 1010. Programmability? You're kidding me, right? This is the wrong module to buy for that sort of thing, with or without the software. Buy if for 2080 sounds at a rock bottom price. Otherwise, get a P2K.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-10-2000 at 13:11
Bruddah Max a professional user writes:
I just love folks who complain that they can't program their digital synth without a computer. Editing digital synths from a computer is a great way to have a huge interface for the synth (much more than would ever be included in even the most expensive synth) and have the synth remain in the realm of affordability.

I find the sound of the JV-1010 to be on par with the JV-2080 with a Session card. With the computer doing everything for me (selecting sounds, editing them, etc.) there is no difference between the two save for multitimbral effects routing. I generally record one instrument at a time (and usually dry) so this doesn't affect me either. I got the guts of a $1500 synth module for $500. I bought an Emu Proteus 2000 with the remainder and had funds left over for cables etc. For the money-limited bedroom studio musician, this module is an excellent buy.

Also, I might add that even with its spiffy display, the JV-2080 is not the easiest thing to program from the front panel. Certainly not as easy as editing from SoundDiver. The SoundDiver editing experience is the same for both modules. Get over your computer fear, people. It's a useful tool. Learn to use it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-09-2000 at 18:39
Don a professional user from USA writes:
I had a JV1010 for about 3 months before I took it back for a 1080. First of all, the review is not totally accurate. This is the exact same synth as the 1080 and 2080, with all the 2080 sounds plus the 'Session' expansion board. It has the same effects as the 1080, dedicated chorus, reverb, and one insert effect. It does, though, sound inferior to it's big brothers for one reason I know for sure, and one I suspect. The one I know is, the output is quieter on the 1010, significantly so. Turning up mixer volume will increase your S/N ratio. Which leads to what I suspect - that the D/A convertors are cheaper than those on the 1080 & 2080. Roland had to cut costs somewhere, besides the abysmal user interface, to get this thing so dirt cheap. I was disappointed in the output, and then frustrated by the interface. If you have pro applications in mind, bypass this and get a 10, 20, 30, or 5080. At least my TR Rack, which you also need software to get to all the programming functions, has a great LCD and you can quickly edit basic stuff like FX, envelopes, etc. There is just not enough functionality in this thing to want to get into it apart from your computer. And the output thing was the last straw for me.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-24-2000 at 13:29
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