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Effects and controls. Forty effects algorithms are included in the JV-1010, but theyre only controllable in terms of level per Part. The quality is great, but the flexibility is limited without editing software.
Standard CCs 71 through 74 control filter cutoff, resonance, envelope attack, and release. CCs 80 through 83 control tone level for all tones within a patch, as well as standard volume, pan, chorus, and effects level. An external controller will substantially enhance the JV-1010s power, especially if a user wants to store edited patches externally in a sequencer.
Bottom line. The JV-1010 is more useful than it is exciting. GM is offered at its most basic level, and even the massed banks of Roland pro-synth sounds are offered only as presets, without editing and storage software. But if buyers want the high-quality sounds that this box offers and only need some access to GM for reference, the JV-1010 offers simple, no-hassle operation at a great price.
Rolands MC-80EX is a unique instrument comprising a tabletop sequencer and synth engine (see Fig. 5). Its actually an MC-80 with the Roland VE-GSPro Expansion Board preinstalled. If its not everyones idea of fun, it certainly is practical and extremely useful in live situations for backing tracks or for just playing MIDI files. The GS sound engine is an exact replica of the SC-88 Pro Sound Canvas, widely regarded as the pinnacle of GM sounds and capabilities.
The MC-80EX offers full compatibility with GM1 and GS sequence data. Its own DD/HD disk drive permits users to load and store sequences in a wide variety of formats, including Roland MC-80, MRC/S-MRC, and SMF Type 0 and 1.
Other sounds, features, and drums. First, the MC-80EX is a hardware sequencer. Descended from a long and illustrious line of sequencers that began with the MC-500, the MC-80 is the worlds premier hardware sequencer. It has survived in spite of the computer-sequencer revolution because of its dependability, durability, and lack of frills that can easily cloud the creative process. The MC-80 offers 16 tracks, each of which can hold 16 MIDI channels of data. With 120,000-event capacity, 480 ppqn, phrase tracks, arpeggiator, and handy Mark/ Jump buttons, this is a professional tool.
Reprinted with permission from Magazine, February, 2001
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