Roland JV-1000 vs XP80 from a sound perspective?

Discussion in 'Roland Keyboards' started by Mighty Motif Max, Sep 13, 2018.

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    Mighty Motif Max

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    Hi everyone,

    A few weeks ago I came across a JV-1000 in very good condition at a Music Go Round. I played a bit on it through headphones, and found that I really like the keybed and the following sounds: UI85 JV Rhodes, A13 A.Piano 3, A24 RD Rhodes 1 and A23 Pop Piano 2 (I think?). Also some of the "pluck" sounds and the JP Strings.

    I know that the polyphony is only a maximum of 28, and that expanding it with a V-EXP board doesn't truly double the polyphony for single sounds, only for layers by duplicating the internal sound engine. So, I looked at the XP-80 since it has 64 voices. According to its data list, it has none of those sounds. I have read that you can add JV-1000/90/80 patches into the XP-series, but it looks like the only way to add the JV factory sounds is by single-patch sysex midi dump from the JV itself.

    So I have three questions in essence:


    1. If I bought an XP80, could I load those sounds that I mentioned in, even though I don't have a physical JV-1000?

    2. Would I be losing anything in sound quality etc from the JV-1000 if I went with an XP-80?

    3. Is around $330 for the JV-1000 a fair price?


    A friend of mine has an XP-30 that he plays in a band with me, but I never liked the sound of it (granted, all he uses is a piano and string sound in mono). But I absolutely LOVED the sound of the JV-1000 I tried out.


    I know there has been some discussion in the past about these two boards.

    Thank you!


    -Max


    P.S. This isn't about getting realistic sounds by any means. Just getting the older Roland soundset, particularly the sounds I mentioned. :)
     
    Mighty Motif Max, Sep 13, 2018
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