Roland JV-1080

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Roland JV-1080
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Technical specifications
Polyphony64 voices
Timbrality16-part multitimbral
Oscillator4 tones per voice
LFO2 per tone, with eight waveforms
Synthesis typeSample-based synthesis
Filter1 TVF (Time Variant Filter) per tone, with resonance and its own envelope
Attenuator1 TVA (Time Variant Amplifier) per tone
External controlMIDI (In, Out, Thru)[1]

The Roland JV-1080 (a.k.a. Super JV, Super JV-1080, or simply 1080) is a sample-based synthesizer/sound module in the form of a 2U rack. The JV-1080's synthesizer engine was also used in Roland's XP-50 workstation (1995).


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.

Factory Sounds[edit]

The core sampled waveforms of the JV-1080 were developed by Roland R&D-LA in Culver City, California.

Many of the most well-known Factory presets and Xpansion board sounds of the JV-series were created by Eric Persing of Spectrasonics and Ace Yukawa.

Popularity and longevity[edit]

The JV-1080 has been used on more recordings than any other module in history.[2] Its rock-solid construction and durability has allowed the JV-1080 to still be widely used to this date.[citation needed] Typically, they are sold on eBay for around $150–300[citation needed], making them a very affordable choice for beginners, and musicians with not a lot of money to work with.

Notable users[edit]


  1. ^ "Roland Super JV1080". Sound on Sound. December 1994. Archived from the original on 10 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Roland - JV-1080 — 64-Voice Synthesizer Module". Roland.
  3. ^ "Arthur Baker: From Planet Rock To Star Maker". Sound On Sound. June 1997. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Dario G: Recording SunMachine". Sound On Sound. October 1998. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Eliot Kennedy: Producing Sheffield Music". Sound On Sound. September 1997. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Gary Barlow: Recording, Production & Songwriting". Sound On Sound. November 1998. Archived from the original on 16 September 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Recording Studio Equipment List". Jerry Martin Music. 24 October 2007. Archived from the original on 23 July 2019.

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