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Roland SR-JV80-04 Vintage Synth card Rackmount Synthesizers
Old 17th April 2019
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Roland SR-JV80-04 Vintage Synth card

I'm reading that this card is mandatory. I have both a JD-990 and a JV-2080. Don't you get a different set of sounds from putting it in the 990? Or is it that you get everything from the 2080 but additional patches too? Not sure if the set is different depending on the machine you put it into.

My main question though is, if this is supposed to be a vintage synth set, does it ACTUALLY sound close to the original analog synths or is it not quite authentic but just good anyway?
Old 17th April 2019
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I'm reading that this card is mandatory. I have both a JD-990 and a JV-2080. Don't you get a different set of sounds from putting it in the 990? Or is it that you get everything from the 2080 but additional patches too? Not sure if the set is different depending on the machine you put it into.

My main question though is, if this is supposed to be a vintage synth set, does it ACTUALLY sound close to the original analog synths or is it not quite authentic but just good anyway?
I have one. It's actually very very good. It was put together by Eric Pershing using real studios to sample vintage synths. I have used it in my JV880, 1080, and 1010
Old 17th April 2019
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It sound really really good, in a Roland rompler way. It sounds like what "an analog synth is supposed to sound" if you know what i mean.
Yes its sounds different depending on which rompler you use, and it was made for the 990 i think (i may be wrong on this one).
It sounds better on the JD990.
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I'm considering pulling the trigger on this and putting it into my JD-990. Still unsure about which patches I will and won't get if I put it in my 990 over my 2080.

The reason I want it is to cut down on using so many samples of analog synths. Having everything in one box and not having to load patches/samples seems nice. It's expensive though, about $200, compared to the other ones. If I could find it for a bit cheaper I'd probably do it.
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i have one that i would be willing to part with. im sure we can come to somethign reasonable if u wanna message me lemme know
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The Vintage synth board comes with about 510 patches, 255 patches specifically intended for the 990's synth architecture and 255 patches for the 1080/2080 (although the 990 can read these too!). It's the only expansion board in the series like this.

You should be able to find the full patch list online somewhere. For the most part, the 990 patches are completely different than the JV/XP patches for the board.

Does it sound analog? On the 990 it can, at least for some sound categories like synth strings. On the 2080, it doesn't sound analog, no.
Old 4 weeks ago
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I have the Vintage Synth card. It is a really good expansion for the JV. I guess it is kind of essential, if you don’t really own analog synths. I don’t really find much use for it myself as I’ve got a decent selection of analog. The other 3 expansions I own are for more useful to me. I should probably just sell the Vintage one and get something else.
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My main question though is, if this is supposed to be a vintage synth set, does it ACTUALLY sound close to the original analog synths or is it not quite authentic but just good anyway?
Good question and the answer is a very clear no. The 990 can't really sound anything like, a vintage Jupiter or Prophet even with the vintage expansion board beyond what it already does with it's default waves. That isn't to say it's not a great board, it is. But I just want to warn you ahead of time that if you have experience with vintage synths and think this may put you there, you will likely be disappointed.

The 990 is still IMO one of the greatest synths and holds its own against anything. But it does this as a 990, and not as an analog modeling synth. If you are looking for a virtual analog synth there are better choices.
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