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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51 Visitor comments
Ken Hutchinson
July 17, 2012 @ 7:56 pm
I am a Roland fanatic for many years and I have owned the Juno,XP 50,JV80,JV90 and JV1010 module.They are all great products.Can anyone let me know where I could pick up some carbon contact strips for the JV80 and JV90?Keep the great Roland Keyboards,going.I still have three Roland Keyboards and the JV 1010,at my Recording Studio,in Trinidad.
July 16, 2012 @ 3:29 am
The main problem with the JV-80 is that melting sticky glue. It can be easily repaired, but it's a tedious job. I decided to replace the glue that fixes the plastic and metal parts of each key. I think that the best way to repair it is removing all the keys and submerging them in hot water one by one. The glue will melt and we will be able to remove all the pink glue. I was a little lazy, so I only replaced the black keys because they are the ones with more glue. Here is a guide in spanish if you need it: The glue in the chipset is more difficult to remove.
Gary Kahn
April 27, 2012 @ 4:12 pm
JV 80 manual is available here...
It's an image so you can not do searches but it's a copy of the orginal manual.
I've had this keyboard new for almost 20 years and am still learning how to use it.
Also, NO SOUND USUALLY MEANS THAT "LOCAL" is OFF. Check the manual on page 75 under MIDI there is a setting to shut the sound off when using MIDI... that's probably your issue.
David Vega
April 8, 2012 @ 7:20 pm
need manual for Roland JV-80 Keyboard. please if anyone knows how i can get one.
i tried to download it  from this page but the file says its corrupt.. Thanks
February 23, 2012 @ 6:37 pm
the xp-50 is a great tool from roland the sounds are very inspiring, id like to be able to pull the sounds up and access them from my daws ie. logic in the sound selection parameter but cant find the list/program anywhere, if you know how to do this is make using the xp-50 easier, let me know
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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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