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
Bruce Nelson
February 5, 2013 @ 2:01 pm email is
Bruce Nelson
February 5, 2013 @ 1:59 pm
I am installing a JV-880 into a Hammond B3. The unit is attached to the organ's back and the Selector control and Volume control have been moved to a panel near the keyboards. Unfortunately, ever since doing this wiring the unit has not worked properly. The volume control operates although its 'Push to Preview' the sound function does not, and the selector only selects one or two voices from the 'I' bank and then stops. Does anyone have any ideas or thoughts on this? I'd appreciate an email if so. Thanks, Bruce
Mike L
January 3, 2013 @ 8:09 pm
I have a JV-80 and JV-880 and I still used them to this day 'live' in church as well as a XP-30, JD-990, JV-1080 and DJ-70.

I picked up the JV-80 used for $150 USD and low and behold I found a expansion board in it!

The JV-80 is on the top tier of a 2 tier keyboard stand fitted with the Orchestra I card loaded with strings in the user bank (64). That's all I use this bad boy for and it still sounds wonderful 20 years later. Some of the members tell me after the service how nice the strings sound - I just grin ear 2 ear
tony deskfaeinados
September 17, 2012 @ 12:18 am
just press on holding write and 19 button to restore all program. i need help my jv80 had a bad keys. its a internal problem
August 7, 2012 @ 9:00 pm
I own a JV80 and I love it however for some odd reason it just stop working - no sound; and the metal strips that are underneath the keys are falling off, yuk the clue stinks. I live in Las Vegas and would like a recommendation where I can get it fixed -
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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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