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
July 24, 2013 @ 8:34 pm
@hjulian: I disagree. The JV-880 could be said to have higher-quality sound on a specs level, but specs-oriented thinking is the disease that's made modern sound equipment as bland and homogenous as it is. From a raw sonic character standpoint, a good Korg or even the humble Proteus/1 blows the 880's anemic sounds right out of the water.

About the best thing you can do with it is to do as max suggests and use it as a virtual polysynth, but at that point it's pretty much just a poor man's JX10, without the character of real analog filters. Roland's made some great synths, but this isn't one.
July 21, 2013 @ 7:55 am
I think there is a big difference between sound quality and expressive quality. There is zero comparison, to my ears, between a Roland JV 880 and a Korg 01W or 05RW, just non whatsoever. The sound quality of this rack can never be reached by a Korg or an E-mu Proteus, never ever. Expressive quality is a different topic that I think is something that each musician brings to the music. But sound quality comes from the box and Roland is at the top.
July 15, 2013 @ 12:04 am
and I just spilled it!
Forgot to mention a bunch of authentic R-8 style drum sounds from the early 90s, including a few 808 samples, which are also fully editable with EG/TVF/TVAs.
July 14, 2013 @ 11:56 pm
I must be a glass half-full person - when I think about the JV 880, I see:
a virtual U-220 (upgraded to 16 bit, with TVFs),
a virtual D-110 (upgraded wavetable, see above, and TVFs),
a virtual Juno style poly-synth, with full sysex support, and
a seven source mono digital additive synth with 28 harmonic/waveform nodes, (AKA Performance Mode)
That's four synths in a single rack, and that's before you expand the ROM.
The filters are excellent, the envelopes are fast, the LFOs are versatile, and the Mod Matrix allows for expressive playing.
I think my glass is more than half-full.....
June 19, 2013 @ 3:23 pm
Seriously over-rated synth, no matter how cheap. I see people blaming dissenters for not rolling their own patches, but a ROMpler is only as good as its sample library, and the 880's is the most sterile, boring sample set I've heard outside of cheap home keyboards. Every ounce of character has been drained from its samples in order to make them work interchangeably in any style. It's everything that's been wrong with ROMplers since the '90s.

Get a Korg AI² synth or an E-mu Proteus instead; they're nearly as cheap, and while not as fully tweakable, they sound a million times better.
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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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