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Rolands XV 5080 Synth/Smpl playback module

I own the JV-1080 module w/ a few expansion cards. It sounds OK to me but lacks the connectivity for digital expansion. I want to see how does the 5080 fair up in the sound/performance arena against others in it's class?

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musicalhair Sat, 01/24/2004 - 14:13

Hey Dabmeister17, I was wondering the same thing as I also have a 1080 and I like it (but what do I know, I'm a guitarist). The 5080 seems to have come down in price recently but that might mean Roland is rolling out the next big thing.

I've got 5 of the expansion cards that go into the 4 slots in the 1080 and one reason I'm thinking about adding the 5080 is to have access to all 5 at once without switching. I'm also wondering if the cards sound better out of the 5080 than the 1080.

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mjones4th Sat, 01/24/2004 - 18:42

Originally posted by musicalhair:
The 5080 seems to have come down in price recently but that might mean Roland is rolling out the next big thing.

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I've got 5 of the expansion cards that go into the 4 slots in the 1080 and one reason I'm thinking about adding the 5080 is to have access to all 5 at once without switching. I'm also wondering if the cards sound better out of the 5080 than the 1080.

Don't know for sure, but I believe that the factory patches are different when you stick a SR-JV card into an XV synth as opposed to a JV. Also, changes in the architecture lend to a difference in the sound. Like improved effects, better converters, etc.

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dabmeister music Sun, 01/25/2004 - 10:40

Well, is there something new on the horizon that'll be hitting the streets this spring? Maybe double the current polyphony. Or better still, some sort of s/w interface catered to windows/mac users w/ the capability of editing the sounds & performance parameters. This is very interesting.

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dabmeister music Thu, 02/05/2004 - 12:53

I'm finding that Roland stopped producing the XV-5080. While there is still support, I'd like to know why they stopped production? I think this was one of their better modules for some time. Did they sell enough of them? What happened?

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dabmeister music Tue, 02/10/2004 - 13:02

So I assume the Phatom "X" series is what's taken over on the XV series. I checked out the Phatom X w/ the color screen & 128 note polyphony. This seems to be a cool keyboard. It's funny because I really did'nt care for the Phantom some time ago. Times change.

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