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
June 13, 2012 @ 2:07 pm
you can load expansion percussion. there is one user percussion patch and you can load expansion board percussion sounds on to that and make your own set. though you can't load the expansion board presets.
March 19, 2012 @ 10:33 am
Já tive o Jv 880 com placa pop. Gosto muito, pago 150 por ele.
March 16, 2012 @ 12:56 am
Just picked up a clean 880 at the local pawnshop with the drum and bass expansion and some cards. Paid $100 for it out the door. I'm running a Juno106 and a Korg MS2000B, which are great, but lacking any "realistic" sounds. The 880 has excellent pianos, organs, brass, and much more, and only eats up one measly rack space. I found it pretty easy to use as well. Well worth adding to your kit when you can have so much for very little money.
September 7, 2011 @ 5:59 pm
to the best of my knowledge - fvsr, probably has a bad unit as it does everything it was designed to do- it loads, plays, and can be customized - so it would be hard to beat for the price, unless you run a studio and want to have everything already loaded.
I run one in conjunction with a GR-50 with great results live
greg webeer
April 22, 2011 @ 4:25 pm
I have a JV-880 for sale. $150
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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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