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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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thang ho from stockton California USA writes:
I bought this one a year ago. Acoustic guitars, strings, pianos are pretty good. I really like it. You should hve one like jv80

posted Tuesday-Sep-18-2001 at 14:51
Adam Wonak a hobbyist user from illinois writes:
I just got mine about a week ago on ebay for $450, and havent read the instruction manual throuly but from what I have been able to do with this machine is very impressing. most of the onboard sounds are really nice. I love the way you can create patches and edit so many parameters. I was able to take a preset sound and pull a couple of knobs and create a totaly new sound. I also got it to control my soft synth Reaktor really well. I love being able to asign knobs and sliders on Reaktor to the JV-80. This keyboard allows a lot of creativity to the user. With the amount of editing ability, expandability (with any SR-JV80 card), and price I payed for this keyboard, I am going to give it a 5/5.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-May-18-2001 at 03:56
Professor Troy a part-time user from U.S.A. (Dallas, Texas) writes:
I use the XP80 as my main board (organ, piano sounds) and the JV80 as my top board for horn fills and punches...It's a great second keyboard when playing live...I play in a blue band in Dallas..."Joe Jonas & the Best Kept Secret"...Both synths sound great through my Roland KC500(150watt)amplifier...Roland gear !!! Gotta love it man !!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-02-2000 at 19:48
professor troy a part-time user from U.S.A. writes:

posted Thursday-Nov-02-2000 at 19:40
Gunnar Westlund from Stockholm, Sweden writes:
Once you pop a waveexpansion into it, it becomes a killer. I have the DANCE-expansion and the stuff you can do with the drumsounds is just incredible. You can tweak the pitch-envelopes, the filter, add resonance to them and just about everything really. This kind of versatility beats having fivehundred waveforms and fifty effects any day. The whole concept is a bit of the "less is more" kind. Good basic waves, not a lot of fillers. What this synth will do for you is totally up to your own creativity. Left in it´s original state it´s a bit weezy, but once you get into it it evolves into a beautiful beast. The pads you can get out of it is stunning, but for analouge stuff, go for the real thing. This one´s digital and proud of it. I bought it when it was new in 1992, originally out to get a JD-800 I found this one was superior. More polyphony, more multitimbral, better expansion-possibillities. The only significant difference is that the JV´s filter won´t go into self-oscillation, but honestly, how many uses for this are there anyway. You can only stand so many Kraftwerk-chops. Later I had to get rid of it for financial reasons, but when it was time to get a new synth I once again aimed for the JD-800 but finally I decided to go with the JV anyway. I just love it. I has just the right amount of editing-parameters. Not limiting but no useless crap lying in the way of creativity either. What you need is there. Watch this one for future classic status. After all this was the one that started the whole JV-mania. You can use the waveform cards for the JD too. Cards to look out for are DANCE DRUMS for the JD and GRAND PIANO for the JV. The JD Patch-cards doesn´t work though. Only the Wave-cards. Dont mind the fact that it doesn´t sound very analog, for that purpose there are actual analog synths. I does get close at times, but this is missing the point. The fixation with the fact that EVERY sound in the mix has to be analog is bound to go away. After all, how exited do you get when you hear a 303 these days? "Oh no, THAT sound again. Keep moving. On top of all this. it´s a great masterkeyboard too. GET ONE BEFORE THE PRICE GOES UP!!! This is value for money. Big V, big M!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-01-1999 at 18:45
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