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The Roland JV-1080 (aka Super JV-1080, or simply 1080) is a Sample-based synthesizer/sound module in the form of a 2U rack design.
The JV-1080 features a 64-Voice Polyphony, as well as 16-part Multi-timbral capabilities. From the factory, the JV-1080 comes with hundreds of patches, and several rhythm kits (8 megabytes total). It can be expanded with up to 4 SR-JV80 expansion cards, as well as a PCM and Data card, to provide up to 42 megabytes.
The core sampled waveforms of the JV-1080 were developed by Roland R&D-LA in Culver City, California.
Popularity and longevity
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The JV-1080 has been used on more recordings than any other module in history. Its rock-solid construction and durability has allowed the JV-1080 to still be widely used to this date. Typically, they are sold on eBay for around $150–300, making them a very affordable choice for beginners, and musicians with not a lot of money to work with.
The JV-1080 DVD Tutorial is helpful in learning the complex menu structure. Also to be found on the web is a 1080 series Resources Kit that will ensure your 1080 is up to date with add-ons.
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