The JV-80 was an excellent mid-nineties digital synthesizer in its time. It helped lay the foundation for the later JV-1080, JV-2080 and XP-series synths. It featured a full 61-note keyboard and several sliders above the keyboard with assignable parameters for fast hands-on editing. Though its stock sounds are nothing great, it can take any of the SR-JV80 expansion boards for 8MB of great new sounds from any of the Orchestral, Vintage Synths, Techno, etc. sets.
Unfortunately, the JV-80 is no workstation like the XP-synths that followed it. With only 28 voice polyphony and no built-in sequencer, its likely that this won't be your ONLY synth. The JV-90 is basically the same as this, except that it has an excellent 76-note semi-weighted keyboard for a great feel, more memory and sounds. The JV-80 also came in a 1-space rack-mount form as the JV-880. The JV-80 has been used by Eat Static and Vangelis.
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- Polyphony - 28 voices
- Oscillators - 4 per voice; Digital 4 MB of ROM sampled sounds
- Arpeg/Seq - None
- Filter - Digital TVF filters
- LFO - 2 LFOs routable to pitch, TVA amps, or TVF filters
- Effects - 2 Effects units
- Memory - 192 Patches (64 user), 48 Performances (16 user) - expandable via 8mb expansion boards
- Keyboard - 61 keys (responds to velocity and aftertouch)
- Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU (8-parts)
- Date Produced - 1992 - 1994
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