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
January 1, 2013 @ 4:25 pm
I bought one of these units when in first came out (circa 1991). It can still provide good piano, strings, brass, synths, etc., sounds. I recently traded it to a friend of mine after buying an Open Labs Neko LX5. He is using it as his main instrument. You can't go wrong buying one of these. I would recommend buying several to use in layers. It would make a very fat sounding setup.
November 20, 2012 @ 5:13 pm
I'm with Big Mike - this is a great synth, if you don't like the sounds, well, get to work, there's everything you need in an 880 to create great sounds yourself. It was the top of the line when it was released twenty years ago, and was rapidly outclassed by later JV models, but that's progress.
It's more or less an upgraded D-70.
I use mine (c Vintage Synth board) as a 4 oscillator, 7 voice poly - it's good at "real" sounds, and actually synthesizes "real" analog synths very well.
Bruce Nelson
October 6, 2012 @ 8:54 am
Does anyone know if a sustain pedal can be connected to a Roland JV-880? Please let me know at Thanks! Bruce
Big Mike
September 14, 2012 @ 1:30 pm
I find it odd that in all these reviews people always crack on the sounds. If you are not a sound tweaker maybe you're right. These babies are a dime-a-dozen these days and can be found for $70. (I play live and in the studio)

Put the 'Orchestral I" board in here and it shines. Nice strings & brass. There are THOUSANDS of patches for the WHOLE JV/XP/JD line online. Take some time to search&download then import to your board.

A keyboard sounds only as good as the operator.
Peder Nelson
August 30, 2012 @ 8:28 am
Do data cards labelled for other Roland gear work in the JV-880 series? For example does the PN-D50 card work in the JV-880? The Roland JV-880 calls for the PN—JV80 card, which are hard to find, so I was questioning if a different model card might work.
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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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    Reviewed December 2007.

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