JV | 90s Digital Synth
JV is a collection of digital synth patches for Ableton Live and Logic Pro X. The patches are inspired by and sampled from the Roland JV-1080, a 90s rack mounted-synth that utilises both samples and synthesis to generate realistic sounds, at least for the time. The sounds may be now inherently dated, but they still retain a nostalgic charm. The JV-1080 was used heavily on Currents by Tame Impala, where it provides the organs, choirs and synth brass sounds that give the album its unique quality.
“I fell in love with those naff ’90s-sounding keyboards. I’ve got a Roland JV1080 synth module you can plug a MIDI keyboard into. An audiophile would think some of the patches are the cheapest, plasticky sounds. But for me they’re so romantically nostalgic. Because they’re the sounds I remember from when I was growing up in the ’90s. The sounds that remind me of something I heard on the radio in the car.” - Kevin Parker
JV includes 25 synth patches that use multisamples of the JV-1080 to bring its sounds directly into Ableton Live and Logic Pro X. The JV-1080 was used on Tame Impala’s Currents, and this pack includes patches for the cathedral organ in Yes I’m Changing; choir, keys and synth from Love/Paranoia; choir and distorted organ from List of People; as well as the synth from Gossip. The patches open opportunities for manipulation and further sound design exploration.
“That’s the truest kind of nostalgia I can find. Those plasticky sounds are far more nostalgic and hit a deeper spot for me than hearing a vintage Fender Twin. Even though they’re sort of cheap sounds, they sound deeply fulfilling. There’s a lot of that on the album, glistening FM synth electro Rhodes, like a digital clav.” - Kevin Parker