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
August 5, 2013 @ 12:04 am
in static tests, no res, at 90%, 75%, 50%, 25% and 10% there was no qualitative difference between the two. The response of the digital filters totally mimicked the analogs. Next was the resonance test (same percentages) - here there were some differences in response, but timbrally the TVFs were accurate against the VCFs of the JX. The VCF res at 99 was similar to the TVF at around 115 to 118, but if you crank up the res on the TVF, multiple partials would develop. Patch creation: I had a facsimile of a patch in under 5 minutes, not the same but a good raw sound nonetheless...continue..
August 4, 2013 @ 11:52 pm
I tested the basic waveforms: sawtooth, square, pulse and noise, then I tested the filters, the I tried to rebuild a JX patch from scratch.
Sawtooth: internal JV saws are brighter than the JX, EXP-04/22 (2600 saw) is a near perfect match.
Pulse: the JX and the JV have different fixed duty cycles, EXP-04/63 is pretty close.
Square: couldn't pick the difference, honestly.
Noise: as above. Next, the to the filters....
Both the Super JX and the JVs have self-oscillating filters, and I've never really tested them against each other, and I was a pleasantly surprised when..continue..
August 4, 2013 @ 11:41 pm
@cj - I liked the poor mans' JX 10 characterisation so much, I decided to sit down yesterday and bench test the two in a synth shootout. I don't have an 880 any more so I used a 2080 and an MKS 70. I limited myself to the JV 80 equivalent waves INT 66-71, 73 and 75, and the SR-JV80-04 expansion board. If I was using an 880, I'd have the filter set to "hard" mode. I started with initialised patches on both, no mod, filters and amps wide open, single oscillator saw, 8'. Channel strips with gates, compressors and limiters only.
August 1, 2013 @ 3:06 pm
@max: Filters are important, but they can only color a waveform, not create one. (Well, outside of self-oscillation, but that has significant limits to its usefulness.) The material that gets run through the filters is every bit as important as the quality of the filters themselves, and the JV-880 just doesn't hold up in that regard.
July 31, 2013 @ 9:13 pm
@cj - I don't disagree with many of your points, but I do disagree with your central thesis, viz. "a ROMpler is only as good as its sample library". In my opinion, the most important element of any electronic musical instrument, whatever it's provenance, are the filters. Given that true analog synthesis is subtractive, it is the filters that do the heavy lifting, not the oscillators. I grant that that digital filters aren't the same as analog, but they are synthetic, and if you're into electronica, you need resonant filters.
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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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