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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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sean a professional user from England writes:
i've had one of these modules since they first came out and in my opinion, if you cant afford a studio full of the originals (and how many of us can?) then this really is the next best thing, as often said the display 'pants' and thats being kind i dont know why roland did that to such a great unit. i used all the sounds in one form or another even the oddball efx sounds!!!!! my faves are the pads/leads/solo sounds, i use the CR78 sounds a heck of a lot, i dont use the xox sounds as they are way way way over used. i tried the other 'vintage' modules at one time or another and all sound flat compared to this, i put it through an external fx unit and boy does it sound big then i have to turn the bass down on my mixer. all in all a great unit and a shame roland never followed it up. anyone got one for sale as i'm looking for another for live use.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-10-2009 at 15:15
slats a professional user from us writes:
Had one of these guy(i think mine is listed above in the sales!) but had to dump it...got it off ebay and it had a really strange floor noise that just reared an REALLY ugly head in the studio...aside from that this guy has amazing synth strings and as mentioned the mellotrons sound stunning...arp string ensembles and mellotrons look here....thank god no magnus organ on this box

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-03-2005 at 10:54
writes:
"I picked up this box little over a year ago for $250, and it has more than paid for itself. If you want to create your own analogue patches, stay away, but otherwise, this box kicks. The display is piss poor, but I have little charts all over my set up to compensate. I can find a use for just about every sound here. I admit that it could have better lead sounds, but for the price I paid, it's a gem. ROLAND discontinued this unit (all the boxed versions of the JV sound cards were cut), so if you can find one, I recommend it. With the poor polyphony of "classic" analogue synths, use this box for layering and save the Juno for leads." I totally agree

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-24-2004 at 17:35
L writes:
The samples are good, and many of the classics such as the ARP Solina string machine and Mellotron is replicated well and the JX3p sounds very good, but...it lacks in warmth, sounds a bit flat, IMO. I have a couple of analog synths and this unit cannot compare, honest. I guess if Roland had put in a real analog filter that was kinda versatile (not to screaming, nor to wet nor dry) this would be a very good unit, cause the samples are accurate (but sounds to flat and 'lifeless'). I'll give you a tip, though,... get yourself a real analog, stereo synth, nothing to fancy (a juno or similar will do) and patch it through the M-SV 1, suddenly it comes to life...you can add some realtime filter tweekin', PWM, etc, to make it come 'alive' by mixing this way. As a stand alone it sounds boring, IMDHO. Before I did the aforementioned patching, I was shivering with cold, but now I've got some excellent, and genuine (!), sounds at my disposal.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-01-2004 at 18:31
manual a part-time user from Japan writes:
The manual is totally pointless. you can use any manual from the series or roland's turbo start. Don't be such a shank and ask for free manuals. Why don't you scan the manuals you have and post them? "Oh, I don't have time..." ______ Anyway, the unit is pretty cool and has a lot of sounds, bit too many bass sounds. The drums are really good. If you really need to edit the sounds get a peavey 1600x so you can send sysex and someone's already done the work of writing the code! There are a couple of cakewalk studioware's you can use to turn the reverb & chorus on and off or edit the type of reverb. The vintage board [not the module] does not have drums! Nor are there an extra 256 patches for the JD-990 - they're just in jd-900 format - you can play the JV-80 versions too but the patches are the same.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-17-2003 at 08:39
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