Roland JV-80

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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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50 Visitor comments
May 24, 2009 @ 2:50 am
Had mine for a couple of years now,using it daily at home.These are under-rated in my view, please dont judge this by the presets.There are heaps of patches online(some are really cool analog moogy ones) that really breathe life into this.I also have the Rich Sound 4 data card installed which is awesome too.Got the odd sticky button,but thats JV keyboards for you.Does great as a controller keyboard too, with 1 assignable slider.
Bob Weigel
May 18, 2009 @ 4:58 pm
It's interesting to note that vse lists jv90 keys as semi-weighted and doesn't say anything on jv80. But in reality the JV-80 has the key weights and JV-90 does not. Only the JV60 abnd 80 and 1000 have weighs in the keys in this series.
May 7, 2009 @ 6:59 am
@desmuska. Look at the right hand side of this page. Can you see "JV-80 Manual" link. Yes, you can download the PDF from here.

I too have a JV80 and some expansion card. Great synth, but had the same prob with George Keys, ie melting keyboard...
George Keys
May 1, 2009 @ 8:53 pm
I bought a JV80 when they first came out... used it alot... then had left it in the flight case in the closet for a few years. Well, the "melting" key problem came up. I pulled it apart and tried to clean it up but never really got it right again. So... I finally cut the keyboard off! Folded up the metal bottom to make it look decent and now it works as a module (of sorts) by just MIDI. I still like alot of the E.P.s and the guitar patches... horns ain't too bad either. It's a good allrounder for me. And, I do have all the GForce synths but I'm keeping the good half of my JV80! It really works well with a TMK88 I have... did some mods on that too!
April 28, 2009 @ 1:16 pm
I used this instrument on many gigs all over the world ,i actually only use to use the piano sound which i had tweaked a little,and till this day have not had a keyboard that the piano cut through on a big P A. I actually used the instrument untill it fell apart.
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  • Specifications
  • 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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