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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AynarC
August 4, 2011 @ 11:37 pm
Please i need a service manual for roland jv-80 and roland xp-10 , please help !
Lee
July 14, 2011 @ 3:07 am
Not sure if this is permitted, but I have put together a guide on repairing the JV-80, including removing the keu bed, fixing the front panel buttons, cleaning etc. It's available at http://www.unmarkedplace.com/2011/repairing-a-roland-jv-80 (or just search google for roland jv-80 repairs).

Hope this is of some help!
obiwandk
July 5, 2011 @ 1:37 am
hey is picking up one this week cant wait found it dead cheap
FEZ
May 31, 2011 @ 8:56 pm
I`ve just bought one of these recently.In fact it`s my demo thats in the corner! It`s pre-loaded into the memory.I quite like this keyboard for piano`s,strings,acoustic guitar sounds and synth bass and brass.The organs are unusable unfortunately which is a shame as Rolands JV1080 has excellent organ patches.Like all keyboards you only get out what you put in though and i`ve made up some great sounding pads and synth type sounds.Keys have a great feel and handle velocity and aftertouch very well which makes for a great controllerA session card for this will be great!

FEZ
everett
May 11, 2011 @ 9:58 am
Anthony, I had the same thing happen to mine. I took it apart and cleaned the contact points with a pencil eraser and now it works. Under the key there is a row of rubber boots that when you push down the key make contact with a black dot on the circuit board. With your pencil eraser clean the boot and the black dot. I hope that helps.
 
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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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