It is NOT easy to use. It took me about three weeks to figure out many of its finer points. But like most Roland gear, investing the time is well worth it.
It is a worthy piece.
Well, it is a Roland. The sounds are pretty incredible. I use mostly the piano, strings, and drums -- all the SRX boards.
I really like this thing a lot. In fact, I traded my Korg Triton Rack in -- but I will probably never sell the Roland. I just love the fact that it was the last and greatest-ever Roland piece that looks like it -- the two-space, black-metallic box with a big-old LCD on the left upper corner. This look dates back to the MKS-80 and the ensuing JV series. It seems to me as though the 5080 offers the culmination of everything that Roland ever did, throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Although it is truly a sample box and not a true synth, with 128 voices of polyphony, who cares? You can create anything with the XV engine that you can do with their older analog stuff.
Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: SammyJames (January 0-, 2005)