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Roland JV-1080

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Roland JV-1080
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). Due to its library of high-quality sounds and multi-timbral capabilities, it became a mainstay with film composers.[2]


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.

Notable users[edit]

Expansion Cards[edit]

The SR-JV80 expansion cards can be used in the Roland XP-50, XP-60, XP-80, JV-1080 and XV-5080, which can each hold four expansion cards, as well as the JV-2080, which can hold eight expansion cards.[9][10]

The three Experience expansion boards contain a selection of sounds from different expansion boards in a single card.[11]

  • SR-JV80-01: Pop[12]
  • SR-JV80-02: Orchestral
  • SR-JV80-03: Piano
  • SR-JV80-04: Vintage Synth
  • SR-JV80-05: World
  • SR-JV80-06: Dance*
  • SR-JV80-07: Super Sound Set
  • SR-JV80-08: Keyboards of the 60s & 70s
  • SR-JV80-09: Session
  • SR-JV80-10: Bass and Drums
  • SR-JV80-11: Techno
  • SR-JV80-12: Hip-Hop
  • SR-JV80-13: Vocal
  • SR-JV80-14: Asia
  • SR-JV80-15: Special FX
  • SR-JV80-16: Orchestral II
  • SR-JV80-17: Country
  • SR-JV80-18: Latin World
  • SR-JV80-19: House
  • SR-JV80-97: Experience III[13]
  • SR-JV80-98: Experience II
  • SR-JV80-99: Experience

Notice: Due to copyright problems Roland no longer distributes the Dance expansion board.


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  2. ^ "Blast from the past: Roland JV-1080". 10 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Arthur Baker: From Planet Rock To Star Maker". Sound On Sound. June 1997. Archived from the original on 6 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Dario G: Recording SunMachine". Sound On Sound. October 1998. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Eliot Kennedy: Producing Sheffield Music". Sound On Sound. September 1997. Archived from the original on 7 June 2015.
  6. ^ "Gary Barlow: Recording, Production & Songwriting". Sound On Sound. November 1998. Archived from the original on 16 September 2014.
  7. ^ "Recording Studio Equipment List". Jerry Martin Music. 24 October 2007. Archived from the original on 23 July 2019.
  8. ^ Ferrante, Michael (January 24, 2006). "Shaffer's Keyboard Rig Setup?". Sweetwater Sound. Retrieved 2023-03-19.
  9. ^ "SR-JV80 Expansion Boards". www.planet-groove.com. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  10. ^ "Roland XV-5080 128-Voice Synth Module". www.roland.com. Retrieved 2023-01-03.
  11. ^ "Roland JV Series Synthesizers & Expansion Card Buying Guide | Reverb". reverb.com. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  12. ^ "The History Of Roland: Part 4". 2005-02-01.
  13. ^ "SR-JV80-97 Experience III".

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