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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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a part-time user from UK writes:
I have been using one of these units for the last 18 months with an SL880 to gig with. I bought this module for basic sounds ( eg piano, strings, organs ) and am not totaly convinced by the pianos. Have since fitted the Concert Grand board, but have to say that the pianos included still seem to lack a natural warmth and sustain, and tonaly don't cut through a mix well when used live. String sounds are great and very usable. Has anyone else had probs with the response time it take to change patches ? This is an issue for me when playing live ( I also use an EX5 ). Am thinking of getting rid and trying Kurzweil out as I have heard that their pianos are unrivalled, although there is a massive issue of getting hold of KZ's in the UK as there is only one distributer in Europe. Would be interested to know of anyone else in UK who owns a Kurz to find out what the support etc. is like.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-13-2002 at 08:15
HiFiChild a part-time user from Canada writes:
I got one of these a while back, thinking it would be a useful bread and butter module. WHile it is competent and sounds good, it's not impressive. IMHO, this is due to Roland *still* selling technology that debuted nearly a decade ago with little to no actual improvement. It does however play it's role in my studio for "real" sounds.

Overall, it is something of a disappointment though. Ten years ago, Roland were the major player in this industry. Now they seem to have two product lines - The JV.XV series and the grooveboxes, and if I had the chance to go back and buy again, I'd probably skip Roland altogether. If you're thinking about this, get a 2080 instead, or better yet a Kurzweil k2x00. I got a 2000 the other week and it kicks this to the dirt.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-14-2001 at 15:55
ron from ny writes:
I love the xv308!this is my first box and its such a pleasyre to have so many great sounds. Does anyone know where I can get info on programming good sounds ?

posted Saturday-Nov-17-2001 at 16:36
Marzzz a part-time user from Arizona writes:
A nice bread-and-butter box, gets all the basic sounds reasonably well. Sonic quality is a step up drom the JV-2080. Really shines when you add the SRX-01 (drums) and SRX-02 (piano) cards. Somewhat more expensive than the Proteus 2000, but sounds so much better (Proteus is thin and edgy) the price difference is worth it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-29-2001 at 11:33
midi a professional user from USA writes:
Just got one BRAND NEW for EBay for $900 and what can i say? Ordered the SRX02 Piano board for $279, sounds beautiful, plenty of polyphony and sounds. Its right next to a Yamaha EX5r so now i have two flagship digital synths that sound GREAT controlled by a Roland A90ex

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-21-2001 at 18:06
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