Roland JV-2080

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Manufacturer Roland
Dates January 1997–2000
Price 1399 UKP
Technical specifications
Polyphony 64 tones
Timbrality 16 part Multitimbral
Oscillator 4 tones per voice
LFO 2 per tone, with eight waveforms
Synthesis type Sample based
Filter 1 TVF (Time Variant Filter) per tone, with resonance and its own envelope. 4 filter types (LPF, BPF, HPF, Peaking)
Attenuator 1 TVA (Time Variant Amplifier) per tone
Aftertouch expression Channel and Polyphonic
Velocity expression Initial and release. Editable crossfade and key range
Storage memory Patches: 1 USER bank of 128 (RAM) + 4 PRESET banks of 128 (ROM) + 1 General MIDI bank of 128 (ROM). 768 total. Rhythm Sets: 1 USER bank of 2 + 4 PRESET banks of 2 + 1 GM bank of 2. 12 total. Performances: 1 USER bank of 32 + 2 PRESET banks of 32. 96 total. Optional 8 ROM expansion slots and 1 RAM card slot.
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External control MIDI

The Roland JV-2080, released in 1997, is an expanded version of the JV-1080. Based on a sample + synthesis architecture, the JV-2080 provided a library of on-board sample material and a semi-modular synthesis engine.

Main features[edit]

The JV-2080 ("2080") is a sample + synthesis synthesizer with support for 768 internal patches, including General MIDI. In addition to the synthesizer, it also includes a multi effects module, with 40 effect types, of which three can be used simultaneously. The 2080 is expandable via proprietary modules that contain both sample-based waveform data and patch information. The internal memory of the 2080 is divided into five sections.

  • USER – User re-writeable storage (RAM), initially contains a modified copy of PR-E.
  • PR-A, B, C, E (Preset A through C and E) – Presets in read-only memory, cannot be modified.
  • PR-D (General MIDI) – Presets compatible with the General MIDI system.
  • XP-A through H (Expansion A through H) – Patches and Rhythm Sets from expansion boards, installed in slots A through H.
  • CARD – Data from compatible memory cards and sound library cards (PN-JV80 series).

On-board demos[edit]

The JV-2080 has three on-board demo songs. The demos are:[1]

Factory Sounds[edit]

The core sampled waveforms of the JV-2080 were developed by Roland R&D-LA in Culver City, California. Some of the Factory presets and expansion board sounds were created by Eric Persing of Spectrasonics and Ace Yukawa.


In common with other Roland instruments, the JV-2080 could be expanded with SR-JV80 expansion boards, and could accept up to eight of them at a time. It can also use the SR-JV80-10 Bass & Drums board. This board contained 241 waveforms derived from the Spectrasonics sample libraries "Bass Legends", "Burning Grooves", and "Liquid Grooves". The expansion board's name was carefully chosen as to not confuse Jungle music producers[2]

Notable users and genres[edit]

The JV-1080 and JV-2080 attract artists and producers from a broad range of genres. Synthpop artist Thomas Dolby once remarked that he didn't find the JV as immediate in usability as his older synthesizers.[3] The JV-2080 has featured in the studios of Tidy Trax Records, a Hard House record label based in the UK.[4] Australian Electro band Gerling used the JV-1080 on their album Children Of Telepathic Experiences.[5] LTJ Bukem and Photek have also used it in music production and film scoring, respectively.[6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Di Nicolantonio, Paolo (2004). "Roland JV-2080: 64 Voice Synthesizer Module". Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Derek (April 1997). "Upwardly Mobile". Sound on Sound. 
  3. ^ Fortner, Steve (2001), "Five Questions with Thomas Dolby", Keyboard, no. May, p. 17 
  4. ^ James, Alex (2001), "Tidy Trax", Future Music, no. 109, pp. 90–91 
  5. ^ Booth, Phil (2001), "Electro Down Under", Future Music, no. 107, pp. 105–108 
  6. ^ Barr, Tim (1998), "The Year In Gear", Future Music, no. 74, pp. 134–135