Roland Cloud Introduces XV-5080 ‘Swiss Army Knife’

Roland Cloud, the suite of software synthesizers, drum machines, and sampled instruments, has announced their virtual XV-5080. Calling it a “Swiss Army knife” in the world of sample-based libraries, the XV-5080 sound module remains as powerful today as it was upon its release in 2000.

The original XV-5080 boasted “immense” PCM-based multitimbral synthesis power, sophisticated modulation, an array of pro-quality DSP effects, and compatibility with the popular SRX Expansion Board series. Its fidelity and technological adaptability were unmatched at the time of its debut and was embraced widely by composers and producers whose work spanned a wide range of genres.

The Roland Cloud XV-5080 is brimming with instrument sounds, and developers say that the XV-5080’s onboard effects and the flexible parameters of a virtual platform make the XV-5080 a valuable tool for composers, beatmakers, and songwriters at all levels.


With over 900 presets in its library, Roland Cloud’s XV-5080 facilitates genre-hopping fluidity, from low-end theory to iconic retro game sounds and symphonic masterpieces. The categorical search function helps make finding “the perfect sonic complement’ simple as well.

Hardware synthesizers like the Roland SYSTEM-8 can map to XV-5080’s virtual controls, facilitating an easy, tactile workflow. Roland Cloud’s XV-5080 also features a drop-down editor with separate views for STRUCTURE, TVF, TVA, LFO, and other parameters.

The XV-5080 joins the TR-808, JUNO-106, JUPITER-8, TB-303, TR-909, D-50, and dozens of other classic titles in Roland Cloud’s growing suite of software instruments. Roland Cloud is a virtual instrument subscription service, and the cost varies with the subscription length.

Additional information about the XV-5080, Roland Cloud subscriptions, and the range of available instruments is available on the Roland Cloud website.

14 thoughts on “Roland Cloud Introduces XV-5080 ‘Swiss Army Knife’

      1. Actually, I agree with Pawel…

        I have a real 5080 with 3 expansion cards… it’s pretty good but I wouldn’t rave about it… certainly not subscribe to some virtual copy of it …. AND …. I also own a Deepmind 12 which DOES float my boat… that immediate hands on workflow (one knob per function) is much more satisfying than the 5080 menu diving…. and before you get too anal about it, yes I know that some functions on the DM12 require you to menu dive… some – not all… no biggie.

        Personally I don’t give a rats if it’s Behringer… if it sounds good and I can afford it then I’ll use it… you must have amazing ears to pick a song on the radio and identify whether the musician used Behringer equipment or not… and if they did, what do you do? … switch off the radio until the song has finished?

  1. ANYWAY, I have a 3080. Some of the sample libraries are pretty good comparing to EMU and Kurzweil sample libraries I also have hardware for. The world and orchestral are my favs. This is a Good Thing(tm).

  2. I hereby declare that it is everyone’s right to be bored by whatever bores them.

    We don’t know specifically what Pawel was bored by. Was it the music of the demo, the sounds, the not-so-fresh sounds of the 90’s that are being rehashed ad nauseam?

    Your Behringer “dig” seems a little out of left field. Do you two know each other?

  3. it would be sweet if this site automatically deleted any reply with the word “Behringer” in it ”

    apart from if the post’s about Behringer gear of course

    you look at a thing, it says 15 comments, but they’re all just various people berating and cross-berating each other

    oh well

  4. I have a Roland – XV-5050… the slim version of 5080 and no sample RAM.
    Otherwise it’s cheaper and can do everything else the 5080 can.
    The hi-fidelity is so sweet and bold at the same time!

  5. Roland has really lost their grip. The cloud-vsts could have been so much better with a couple of small (or even better, large) innovations, instead it’s like they are forced to just redo old stuff with some tiny, unimportant changes. Same with the small boutique vst-boxes, why improve anything beyond a couple of parameters and worsening the UI when you can just sell a worse sounding digital copy. Stupid thing is, it seems like people are buying these “old” boring units just for the sound, when there are literally millions of samples around. I wish someone like Elektron would buy up Roland (completely unrealistic, I know) and re-release everything with new interfaces and even maybe new… dare I say it.. SOUNDS. It’s so stagnant, every part of it. They have had their time, now their products feel like cover bands; no creativity.

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