Real-Time Control for the JV1080, JV2080 and JV1010.

There are some fundamental differences between the operating systems of the JV1080 and the JV2080/1010 which make them respond to incoming MIDI data in different ways.

The JV2080 and JV1010


Roland's JV2080

Phat.Boy V2 has been pre-programmed so that it's mode IV will directly control the JV2080 and JV1010 in real time accessing the following parameters:

Filter Cutoff, Resonance, Amplitude Envelope Attack, Amplitude Envelope Release, Portamento On and Rate, Reverb (Level), Chorus (Level), Tone Level 1, Tone Level 2, Tone Level 3, Tone Level 4, Pan and Volume.


The JV1010, the JV2080's baby brother

The Phat.Boy V2 utilises standard MIDI continuous controllers (CC's) in accessing the internal parameters of these two synths so using any sequencer the data can be recorded for playback. There are other ways the Phat.Boy V2 can be used with the JV2080 but instant access to the major programming parameters is being offered thus allowing the user to concentrate on their performance and making muisc.

During the course of testing the extra dimension that the Phat.Boy revealed in these two instruments was quite astounding. This range of synthesizers has a reputation unsurpassed by any other and realising their full potential through the Phat.Boy V2 will only enhance their reputation. Add a Phat.Boy V2 to your set up and prepare yourself for a sonic onslaught!



The JV1080

The JV1080 has a slightly different operating system to that of the JV2080 and as a result it's more complicated to access it's internal parameters in real-time from any external control device. The JV1080 doesn't offer as much direct control via standard CC's. The Phat.Boy V2 will allow direct control of the JV1080 but it will require a little programming within the 1080 to acheive the best results.

Below is just one way that the Phat.Boy V2 can be used to control the JV1080 within a MIDI setup:

Take the MIDI OUT from your master keyboard to the MIDI IN of the Phat.Boy V2. The MIDI OUT of the Phat.Boy V2 to the MIDI IN of your sequencer. The MIDI out of your sequencer to the MIDI IN of the JV1080.

Set the Phat.Boy V2 into mode VI. In this mode it transmits the following CC's from its knobs.

Knob 1.

Filter Cutoff (CC 74)

See 'Programming the JV1080' below

Knob 2.

Resonance (CC 71)

See 'Programming the JV1080' below

Knob 3.

Modulation (CC 1)

Yes, see 'Programming the JV1080' below

Knob 4.

Phaser Level (CC 95)

No response

Knob 5.

Delay Level (CC 94)

No response

Knob 6.

Reverb Level (CC 91)

Yes, per channel, Level

Knob 7.

Chorus Level (CC 93)

Yes, per channel, Level

Knob 8.

Envelope Attack (CC 73)

No response

Knob 9.

Envelope Release (CC 72)

No response

Knob 10.

Portamento On and Rate

Yes, turns portamento (glide) on and sets the rate

Knob 11.

Expression (CC 11)

Yes, allows control of the level up to the overall output volume

Knob 12.

Pan (CC 10)


Knob 13.

Volume (CC 7)

Yes, sets the overall output volume

Programming the JV1080

The right hand column in the above table indicates how the JV1080 will respond to each knob. Reception of some of the CC's listed above can be turned ON or OFF within the synth. It's important to make sure that their reception is turned ON. From PATCH mode hit the [SYSTEM] button and select RECEIVE MIDI. Select C.C, Vol and Mod in turn and make sure that they are turned ON. Now select CONTROL ASSIGN 1 and assign this to (CC) 74. (Phat.Boy Knob 1). Now select CONTROL ASSIGN 2 and assign this to (CC) 71. (Knob 2). Hit the [EXIT] button to return to PATCH mode. Remember, any settings changed here are remembered automatically by the JV1080 and will affect the entire synth. Having set the [SYSTEM] controllers you are able to program each patch's response to them. Each patch can respond in many different ways upon reception of the [SYSTEM] set CC's (74 and 71 in this case). Below we'll show you how to assign filter cutoff to the Phat.Boy's knob 1, resonance to knob 2 and pitch to knob 3.

There are three Patch Control Sources within the JV1080 each being able to control up to four parameters per tone.

Patch Control Source 1 (Knob 3) is MODULATION

Patch Control Source 2 (Knob 1) SYS-CTRL1:

Patch Control Source 3 (Knob 2) SYS-CTRL2:

Select the patch you wish to edit. Lets assume that you wish all the tones of the selected patch to respond to filter cutoff, resonance and pitch.

Press and hold the TONE SELECT 1 button and then press buttons 2, 3, and 4 in turn. This allows you to edit all the tones together. Press the [PARAMETER] button then select the CONTROL function then select CONTROL 1. Select <Destination> then press the [PALETTE] button. Here you can assign up to four parameters but in this case select only PCH, Pitch. You can also program the depth of control via the <Depth> menu. Positive values giving a greater range of response.

Follow the same procedure for CONTROLS 2 and 3 assigning CUT, cutoff frequency and RES, resonance respectively. When complete be sure to save your the changes to your patch.

When you use knobs 1, 2 and 3 on the Phat.Boy V2 you will now be able to control filter cutoff from knob 1, resonance from knob 2 and the pitch from knob 3. Once you have familiarised yourself with the programming intricacies of the JV1080 experiment with different and multiple tone controllers and be amazed at the range of results you can achieve.


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