Roland JV-880

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The JV-880 is the rack-mount version of the JV-80 keyboard and features powerful multi-timbral capabilities combined with impressive sound editing capability, all in a 1U rack space. The immediate forerunner to the immensely popular JV-1080/2080, the 880 provides the same high quality sounds for which the entire JV line has come to be respected. And like its descendants, the JV-880's sampled waveform memory can be expanded (to 14 Mbytes) using Roland's series of SR-JV80 expansion boards and SO-PCM1 cards.

Editing sounds is done via the rotary encoder that lets you select parameters and set values at the touch of a button. When editing you can audition sounds right from the front panel by pressing the preview button. There are TVF (filter), TVA (amp), micro-tuning, and multiple LFOs. An onboard effects processor with various types of chorus, reverb, and delays rounds out the package. It is used by K.O.

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37 Visitor comments
March 4, 2011 @ 10:16 pm
Can anyone verify or disprove the point made by fvsr below about the 880 not being able to load percussion sets from the expansion cards? After much web digging, this is the only instance of it being mentioned that I can find. For the price these are going at right now, one with a 'world' card would serve me well I reckon. Be a shame to miss out on the percussion though...
February 2, 2011 @ 10:40 am
I just bought a jv 880 Paid 150 for it, got the pop expansion with it as well.
October 15, 2010 @ 2:32 am
I recently bought a jv-880 to pair with my mc-50. i cannot get the instruments to sync up correctly between the 2. any ideas?
August 22, 2010 @ 8:27 pm
It loads only 64 patches from the expansion card at a time through the "Load Patch Group" funtion. As far as I know it doesn't load the percussion sets from expansion card. You must not change the expansion card very often because you may damage the JV-880's slot. The JV-2080 has much better audio resolution and low end than the JV-880, 8 slots for the expansion bords, and more editing resources. If you like the JV sounds you must go to JV-2080 or JV-5080.
December 30, 2009 @ 2:30 pm
The JV-880 uses the same kind of cards as the JV-1080, JV-2080 and the XP-30, XP-50, XP-60 and the XP-80. The SR-JV80 cards are discontinued but can be found at Ebay at a very reasobably price theses days. You can hear demos of some of them here:
Just scroll down the home page and you'll find them menu on the left side.
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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 with cutoff & resonance
  • LFO - 2 LFOs routable to pitch, TVA amps, or TVF filters
  • Effects - Reverb, chorus, delay
  • Memory - 192 Patches (64 user), 48 Performances (16 user) - expandable via 8mb expansion boards
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU (8-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1992
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    Info provided by Kostas Petropoulos.

    Reviewed December 2007.

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