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 21, 2014 @ 6:05 pm
This mysterious Japanese synthesizer, has a very successful color palette using vintage synths expansion.
You can imitate many sounds, and it does very well. If we see its sophisticated architecture, only their waveforms can do great things. I think Roland devoted much time and effort to mimic what was happening in the analog ground. That's why it can be compared to the JX-10.
January 21, 2014 @ 6:04 pm
Este misterioso sintetizador japonés, tiene una muy acertada paleta de colores utilizando la expansion vintage synths.
Puede imitar muchos sonidos, y lo hace muy bien. Si vemos su sofisticada arquitectura, solo con sus formas de onda se pueden hacer cosas grandiosas. Creo que Roland dedicó mucho tiempo y esfuerzo para imitar lo que sucedía en el terreno analógico. Es por eso que se lo puede comparar al JX-10.
August 5, 2013 @ 10:45 pm
@cj rather than clog up the reviews, I've started a synth shootout thread here
August 5, 2013 @ 12:53 pm
@max: Interesting assessment. I don't believe the JV-880 can do oscillator sync (IIRC,) but it has FM capability between oscillators, right? How does that stack up with the JX-10's cross-mod, and how does the JX's chorus unit compare with whatever the JV's effects unit has to offer for chorus? Just curious...
August 5, 2013 @ 12:09 am
So a poor mans' Super JX - I'd say yes. In fact, I'd almost say a poor mans' Super JD as well.
I had a fun day, so thanks for the inspiration CJ!
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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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