Synth Site: Roland: JV-2080: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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zane a professional user writes:
Yep the JV2080 will carry you into the next century. I've had no complaints. Fantastic TECHNO/HOUSE/RAVE/AMBIENT/D&B,TRANCE,DANCE,HIPHOP, EURODISCO, machine! I find it very intuitive, and well laid out. The things sounds great!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-20-1999 at 17:34
Thanos Chatzis Rodopoulos a part-timer user from Greece writes:
I bought my JV 2080 a few months ago and i'm still learning how to use it. I mean, yeah, there are some great sounds (especially the guitars) in there, but not as many as i thought there would be. So, if you want to hear what you want to hear, you must start programing , so god help you. It's a grat piece, but it has far too many teckno sounds adn if you are looking for something really awesome you 'll have to buy several expantion boards :(

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-31-1999 at 22:20
Christopher Lee a professional user from US writes:
Recently added the 2080 to my setup and have not been looking back since! This is "it" - with 8 slots for expansion boards, the possibilities are endless. Roland has done an incredible job of putting together a unit that is easy to use and sounds incredible! Check out the "Orchestral" board if you want to do strings - if you are into arranging this board totally does it! The "bass and drums" board is also essential for great sounds - the drum kits are very live and the bass samples are so real in places that it's scary.

I can't recommend this Roland series enough. It's all I use now.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-21-1999 at 10:39
Ian a professional user from UK writes:
OK. I think I was a bit harsh in my previous review, stating that this machine was "better than the best sex with your boyfriend". Although I was joking, and my boyfriend didn't mind at all, I think I should state that the JV2080 has never got me uncontrollably moaning with pleasure at all hours of the night. But, it has come pretty close. Also, in my previous review, I joked about boyfriends being faithful, and I guess I should make it quite clear that we are very happy together in a long-term monogamous relationship. Anyway, back to the JV2080.

The 3 EFX units are excellent, and these are in addition to the reverb and chorus effects. The quality or reverb/EFX is very impressive. Each element in a patch can be treated with different amounts of reverb, chorus and effect. This is also most highly excellent (dude)! In Performance mode, you have all 5 EFX available (1 EFX, reverb and chorus for each instrument). You can produce a great mix just from this one unit alone. And combined with the 2 stereo aux outs, you can have an entire studio with effects coming out of your ears! And let's face it - that's where the competition falls flat on its face. Yamaha may have a great new product in the E5, but with all those fancy modelling techniques eating processor time the results can sound very unpolished with harldy any internal effects at your disposal. Give me the 2080 any day! And I think the sonic results are just as good.

Editing sounds is fantastic. The screen is clear and navigation is intuitive. There are lots of graphics to show your LFOS, effects routing and other features. You simply 'cursor around' the screen altering the parameters you require. There are loads of waveforms for creating your own sounds, and the unit comes with lots of presets suitable for techno. The expansion cards just make the whole thing mind-blowingly *big* (which reminds me of my boyfriend in many ways). I also love the distored guitar sounds and some of the acoustic instruments are very pleasing. You can preview a sound just by pressing a knob repeatedly - in, out, in, out.

I've come away from a programming session with my 2080 feeling refreshed, satisfied and relaxed. And that's a reall contrast to programming other synths isn't it! My boyfriend's timing is also immaculate. He gets back from the gym just as I'm finishing off for the day (I work out too, but at different times), and he's undressed and in bed before I can power down my home studio. So, it's straight from 2080 to bed. Then all I have to do is pretend that my boyfriend is a JV2080 and I need to preview his sounds! ;-)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-11-1998 at 08:21
Peter McCombs a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Very fine. The unit is very quiet, and the sounds are pristine. Some of the

best sounds that I have heard on any synth, period. The base model comes with

patches a-plenty, especially if you are into techno. One of the finer points

of the JV-2080 is its expandability. Don't like techno? The Orchestral board

has some top notch patches -- lots of 'em. And the SRJV expansion series is

ever growing to include just about any genre you can imagine. And that's not

all: the improved front panel offers a less painful way of editing your patches

and performances. The backlit screen is nice and the interface is fairly

intuitive. To make the unit really shine, Roland has added 3 fantastic EFX

processors for insert effects. These can make even mediocre sounds (which the

JV-2080 has very few of) sound really great. The GM mode on the 2080 is very

crippled in comparison to its other operational modes, and the GM patches aren't

as outstanding as the others; even so, it still beats my Sound Canvas SC-33

when it comes to overall sound quality. This is a hard one to pass up.

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