Synth Site: Roland: JV-80: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Stephen Johnson a professional user from Middlesbrough,England writes:
The JV 80 has been kicking around for ages. I owned one a few years ago, sold it and then bought it back recently. Amongst the synths I own this is the only one I would consider to not fall into the retro or VA categories. Its very digital in its sound - and good. The presets are totally cheese-ville, although the pianos and strings are good, as is one of the several acoustic guitars. Everything else seems to be a poor attempt at emulating every instrument in the world - very unsucessfully. Programming is easy, well theres a learning curve and scrolling to negotiate, but the sliders remove the need for that hideous number crunching like on many other older digital synths. The results of programming can be fantastic if you persevere - creating powerful and original patches can sound as fresh as you care to make them - but it can take time. It is basically a very good workhorse digital synth - sonically quite wild (Chemical Bros-esque) underneath its modest exterior and bollocks presets. Mixed in with a bit of analogue or VA from other sources it can be brilliant used in elecro, house, techno, bigbeat whatever...... Obviously there is also the possibility to add one of Rolands soundcards from the JV range, which can only be a good thing I suppose. Oh yes and the drums are horrible, but that is not what digital synths are for is it? If you see one for 2 to 300 hundred quid and dont mind spending several hours alone each night fighting with a digital monster, snap it up....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Oct-01-1999 at 09:34
AYKUT a hobbyist user from Turkey writes:
I used it for 8 years and it sounds good when you program this synth.Interface is better than XP series (also sound is not different from XP's),so you don't waste time when you want to programme your patches.Poly. is enough when you calculate the tone number on the patches.Sound is too week near my Waldorf Pulse and it can't morph like Morpheus but I love it for its pianos,strings and excellent drum programming.I give 3 for the year 99 which 128 poly and 128 meg. is ready to become standart,good synth;use it first.

posted Friday-Jun-04-1999 at 07:15
dj karlblau a professional user from sweden writes:
hey u all .. i must say that this is one of the most underested synths probably done by roland though it can never meassure up to analog things as the juno 106 , whitouthers.. it is probably one of the best digital synths ,. u can by for 3000:- / swedish krones should be some thing like 360 us $ .... i have to in my setup doing trance and house music. proffesianaly .. it works exelent 4 both lead and the basic sounds,, i dont realy use the original sound setup .. i done all my sounds my self.. it works better that way !:. any one want to exchange. ??? ?

i know a lot of known producers using this synth,, just to name a few.. antiloop, earthbound , johan bacto ( the guy behind zync,mankind ...)

respect to roland 4 this !

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-12-1999 at 05:27
Mark a part-timer user from PLUTO writes:
JD-800 without sliders: I must say it`s like a JD because I had one. The JV`s really a nice thing to make "nice" and "BAD" sounds. Also for Techno it`s a nice machine.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-10-1999 at 11:55
electroid a professional user from GER writes:
I really like the spacie padsounds. I love this thing!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:11
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