Roland Cloud keeps plugging away at its online virtual instrument subscription service. It gets better value for money with every release and this one is a corker. The Roland XV-5080 is veritable “Universe of Sound”, the ultimate workhorse sound module from the year 2000 and it’s available now to all subscribers.
They designed it to be the ultimate sound module, the logical evolution of the 1994 JV-1080 to be the best of everything Roland had done up to that point. It had an immense amount of sonic power, driven by PCM-based multitimbral synthesis, a modulation matrix, huge effects and compatibility with all the SRX Expansion Boards.
In the virtual version, the 900 original presets that built the sound of the “naughties” are all there right inside your DAW. But you don’t have to be frustrated by that annoying sound module style rack-mounted interface, oh no, this has a fully programmable patch edit window so you can get stuck right in. You have editors for the filter section, amp section, LFO with stepped modulation, rhythm modulation and the synthesis structure. Far more than you’d think was possible on a PCM based synth.
Every time I write one of these releases up I keep thinking that it’s about time we all subscribed to this amazing resource of sounds. The cost for the year is £185 which you could easily spend on a single virtual instrument. Tempting isn’t it?