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
Matt (D) Miller
June 3, 2013 @ 5:06 pm
The Roland JV-880 has been used by Rom Di Prisco from some of his tracks in video games.

Amazing synth, too. Look up "Sirius 909."
April 5, 2013 @ 11:31 pm
I bought one of these when they first came out 20 years ago, they were great, and for the peanuts you can buy one for today, they are even greater.
February 12, 2013 @ 8:30 am
I am installing a JV-880 into a Hammond B3. I updated the I bank sounds with the Acoustic Essnetials upgrade from Great sounds. I also wanted to know if anyone knows about extendeding these controls for the Hammond install? I want to extend the Volume/Headphone controls and also the Select control. Should these cables be shielded, twisted pairs? Does anyone know? Thanks, Bruce
January 14, 2013 @ 11:15 am
I picked one up recently for $75, For no other reason but nostalgia.

I'm using a Yamaha KX8 controller, and haven't noticed any latency/lag whatsoever, although, i primarily listen using headphones.

It's a cool little unit. Yeah it's got some cheeze, but show me a synth that doesn't.
IMO the piano's are great.

As already stated, there are tons of these out there, but a word of warning, don't overpay! You will see these for $100-400 all day on eBay, but the ones that are actually selling, go for $30-80.
January 14, 2013 @ 5:06 am
This module has a lag problem, when you wants to play more of 2 voices in same time, or when the sound created is very complex.
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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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