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Roland JV2080 or XV3080?


eric

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Hey folks!

 

I've been on vacation for over 2 weeks and that gave me a lot of time to create insatiable gear lust. Sitting on the beach drinking beer and other spirits can do that to a person.

 

So I have been missing a little Roland in my rig (S90 & Electro w/Micro Modular). I have an affinity for the JV series, having used a JV880 from 1992-2000 and a JV1010 on a couple of other occasions. The JV2080 is reasonable on the used market and was the Big Brother of the JV rack synths. It seems to be a good synth if I wanted some JV love in my rig.

 

Which brings me to the quandary. For not much more, I could get an XV3080. I have minimal experience with the XV racks, though I have played an XV88 at length and also had a V-Combo with SRX boards, same sound engine basically. Would you folks recommend adding a little dough to step up to the 3080 or should I just go for the bargain with the 2080????

 

Yes, I am aware that this adding yet another rompler. I have issues with polyphony shortages on the S90 when I create big splits/stacks, so I would like to have another bread and butter rompler and would like to get the Roland sound back in there.

 

Thanks,

Eric

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Hey Eric,

 

I'd go for the XV series over the JV. Conceptually they're quite similar, but the XV's have better convertors, and I actually do hear a difference. Plus, I think there's value to it being a more recent (and thus recentl;y-supported) product.

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XV3080. but i'd even go for XV5050 if i could..

 

it sounds even better. all 44.1kHz thru-out, no ROM up-sampling used as on XV5080 and XV3080. Practical USB connection plus editor. small.

 

JV2080 - if u own it great/usable, if not, XV series is affordable and far better in horsepower and fidelity..

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If you have polyphony issues with a 64 voice S90, your only Roland choice in that $500 or so price range is the 128 voice XV-3080. But did you like your XV-88? The 3080 is exactly the same thing in a rack. However, it would be my choice over the 2080 and 5050...I'm thinking about replacing my JV-1080 with one. My reasons are the 128 voices and the similar front panel to a 1080...after 10 years I'm very good at tweaking from the front panel and don't especially want to do it from an unfamiliar computer program.
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I looked on ROLAND\'S SITE. All they featured was the XV-5050 and the XV2020. It looks like they've pared their current selection.

 

This is the XV-5050:

 

http://www.rolandus.com/images/products/keyboards_synths/XV-5050-front_mh.gif

 

We've come a long way with synth modules & romplers, huh?

 

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Originally posted by Is There Gas in the Car?:

We've come a long way with synth modules & romplers, huh?

 

Or have we? Roland unveils their 128 voice XV line a few years back, then replaces them with 64 voice XV's and Fantoms. Never have understood that one...
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Robert/rabid is right. The SRX patches are superior to the stock XV patches.

When I owned my 3080, I rarely used the stock patches, I used SRX sounds 90 % of the time.

I sold my 3080 for $620 last January and I consider that

lucky. Just make sure you do not overpay for the Xv module since, IMO, the XR fantom is far superior.

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Originally posted by Bill H.:

Originally posted by Is There Gas in the Car?:

We've come a long way with synth modules & romplers, huh?

 

Or have we? Roland unveils their 128 voice XV line a few years back, then replaces them with 64 voice XV's and Fantoms. Never have understood that one...
Marketing and more specifically, product positioning. If I was looking for an answer to your question, this is where I would look first.

 

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Is there Gas, you nailed it. That was a 2 year time period where I ignored Roland 'packaging '.

Fortunately 2004 was better with the Fantom X lineup

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The Fantom X is definitely cool sounding...the first Roland that's got me thinking about replacing my aging XP-60 in my live setup. But the front panel layout is all wrong for on-the-fly gigging...the main volume control is way up above the keys instead of where Roland used to put it...conveniently next to the pitch-mod lever. And what is it with those numbered pads? You can't change patches with them! I guess Roland thinks musicians are supposed to be organized and have everything all set up beforehand...like I was ever organized in my life...
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