|Oscillator||4 tones per voice|
|LFO||2 per tone, with eight waveforms|
|Synthesis type||Sample-based synthesis|
|Filter||1 TVF (Time Variant Filter) per tone, with resonance and its own envelope|
|Attenuator||1 TVA (Time Variant Amplifier) per tone|
|External control||MIDI (In, Out, Thru)|
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.
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.
- 808 State
- Arthur Baker
- Bradley Joseph
- Dario G
- Depeche Mode
- Eliot Kennedy
- Gary Barlow
- Hans Zimmer
- Jens Johansson
- Jack L. Stroem
- Keith Zizza
- Kenji Kawai
- Leigh Dickson
- Luis Delgado
- Nathan McCree
- Paul Van Dyk
- Ping Pong
- Rhythm Plate
- Tony Banks
- Vince Clarke
- Tame Impala
- Jamn Ensemble
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