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Roland XV 2020

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K-Bee
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1574 posts since 9 Mar, 2009, from Copenhagen, Denmark

Postby K-Bee; Tue Feb 24, 2015 1:11 am Roland XV 2020

Any views on this synth module? Is it worth the $150/€135/£100 I can get it for 2nd hand in my country? Seems to integrate well with a DAW despite it's age (2002) but I can't find any sound demos actually showing off some of the presets.
Any owners around here?
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themusicproducerblog
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Postby themusicproducerblog; Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:27 am Re: Roland XV 2020

I would rather go for a JV1080 or JV5080. The 2020 is just a preset machine, you can't tweak much without the software editor
K-Bee
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1574 posts since 9 Mar, 2009, from Copenhagen, Denmark

Postby K-Bee; Wed Feb 25, 2015 4:34 am Re: Roland XV 2020

themusicproducerblog wrote:I would rather go for a JV1080 or JV5080. The 2020 is just a preset machine, you can't tweak much without the software editor


The editor is easily available for download on Rolands site, I'd be happy to use it.:-)

http://roland.com/support/article/?q=do ... &p=XV-2020
Last update was in 2006 though, I have no idea whether i runs on anything newer than Windows xp.
She Changed Her Mind
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234 posts since 22 Nov, 2014, from Amsterdam

Postby She Changed Her Mind; Sat Feb 28, 2015 8:49 am Re: Roland XV 2020

1994 – Roland JV-1080 Super JV 64 Voice Sound Module: Roland's 64-voice Super JV synthesizer module, it used the JV sample set with the JD series filters and a fast RISC processor for very smooth envelopes. Used on more recordings than any other module in history [citation needed], the JV-1080 boasts a full range of acclaimed Roland sounds, as well as four expansion slots (edit: 4x SR-JV80).

1997 – Roland JV-2080 64 Voice Synthesizer Module, 3x Effects, 8x Expansion (edit: 8x SR-JV80): Updated Super JV module This is the pinnacle of the JV Series in module version.

2000 - Roland XV-3080 Sound Module: Essentially a Super JV module updated to 128-voices, and taking SRX expansion boards (edit: 4x SR-JV80, 2x SRX).

2000 - Roland XV-5080 Sound Module: True next generation synthesizer module and basis for the Fantom series of workstations. New high bit-depth samples, 128-voices, takes SRX expansion boards (edit: 4x SR-JV80, 4x SRX), and capable of loading sampler data (edit: not a sampler).

Keyboard versions:

1995 – Roland XP-50 Music Workstation, 64 Voice, 4x Expansion : Basically a JV-1080 with a MRC-Pro sequencer.

1996 – Roland XP-80 Music Workstation, 64 Voice, 4x Expansion: JV2080 with a MRC Pro Sequencer . 64-voice music workstation. 4x expansion instead of the 8x the JV2080 has. This is the pinnacle of the JV Series in Keyboard version.

2000 - Roland XV-88 Keyboard: Essentially a XV-3080 module with an 88-key keyboard and 4 expansion slots.

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PS except the XV-5080 you can buy these racks for about $150 (1080)-300. Keyboards are more expensive.
bill45
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1439 posts since 14 Jun, 2006

Postby bill45; Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:17 am Re: Roland XV 2020

The fantom XR sells for $450-$500. The integra 7 just dropped to $1499.
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planetearth
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543 posts since 10 Jul, 2006, from Tampa

Postby planetearth; Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:37 am Re: Roland XV 2020

Even Vintage Synth Explorer didn't list this, so I did some digging and found a Sound on Sound article on it from 2002. (SOS is a great magazine, by the way. Just wish it wasn't so expensive over here!)

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/nov02/a ... xv2020.asp

In short, SOS found that "As with the JV1010, the XV2020 delivers all the quality of the flagship XV models at a much lower cost by reducing the number of expansion cards, allowing serious editing via software only and providing only two outputs. Instant gratification in a box!"

Another review is here: http://en.audiofanzine.com/sound-module ... r_reviews/

If you can get the editor for free, it might be worth downloading it, trying it on your current system and seeing if it will at least open and try to connect to a hardware synth. It won't be able to edit the synth, but if it doesn't crash, you may be able to use it.

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Kriminal
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19091 posts since 1 Oct, 2001, from England

Postby Kriminal; Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:48 am Re: Roland XV 2020

The JV's are much better than the XV's.

Get a JV2080 if you can.

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