Roland JV-90

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The JV-90 is an excellent mid-nineties keyboard controller and MIDI synthesizer. It featured a full 76-note semi-weighted keyboard. There are also several sliders above the keyboard with assignable parameters for fast hands-on editing. The sounds of the JV-90 (and JV-80) were the basis for the JV-1080, JV-2080 and XP-80 synths that came later. You'll find basses, synth sounds, pads, leads, strings, percussion, drumkits and more. One additional ROM slot allows you to add an 8MB SR-JV80 expansion board for more great sounds.

Unfortunately, the JV-90 is not a workstation like the XP-80. With only 28 (or 56) voice polyphony and no built-in sequencer, you aren't likely to make this your ONLY synth. But its keyboard feels great and many of its sounds are still useable, making the JV-90 a nice master MIDI keyboard. The JV-80 is basically the same thing as the JV-90 except it has a typical 61-note keyboard and less memory.

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35 Visitor comments
December 2, 2013 @ 7:24 pm
The JV-90 is NOT semi-weighted, it's synth action. I'm using it as a MIDI controller with a Proteus 2000. The 8 sliders DO indeed send MIDI data (unlike what others have said here), but they are specifically for the mixer functions. They'll send part volume and panning. Unfortunately, while you CAN send MSB/LSB values (for bank settings) when you do a manual program change, you can't program these into a performance. Luckily, the Proteus makes up for that by mapping a program # to an internal program/bank in the module.
Ulisses Duarte Zeitune
October 18, 2013 @ 8:12 am
It was a fragile piece of gear, very plastic indeed. However, it featured nice things: realtime controlers - you could turn on and parts at the press of a button, control volume and other things by means of sliders. It also has a kind of "patch remain".
But the key action wasn't semi-weighted, it was actually very light and clumsy. As for the sounds, although most of the sounded very nice, it didn't have some basic bread-and-butter sounds like an accordion, for instance.
c. blevins
March 21, 2013 @ 3:47 pm
Hi. Cool site, btw. I have both a JD990 and a JV90. I also have the orchestra card installed in the module and a synth card in the keyboard. Was wondering if is there a site that handles buy/selling of vintage gear or how I would find out the value of these items if I were to sale them? I also have an R70. They are like new condition. I also have the entire Roland library. I still use the JV90 for a controller. Thanks.
January 17, 2013 @ 5:22 am
Very nice piano sounds mostly for Samba and RnB. It gives the feeling of a highly compressed stage piano and it is very light weight if you are on tour. Also used on MJ's Another Part Of Me video. I used to play it on some of my 90s productions and it is very much belong to that time.
December 7, 2012 @ 5:42 pm
I have one JV-90 & one JV-1000 for live gigs. Exept the synth section, they're a powerfull mother keyboards. I've patched 16 modules on them 8+8 and the work superb!!!
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    ROLAND JV 90
    by LaNauEstudi Valencia

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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 28 voices (expandable to 56)
  • Oscillators - Digital Acoustic simulation via 4MB (expandable to 14MB) of ROM
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Filter - Digital filters
  • Effects - 2 effects units with chorus, reverb and delay
  • Memory - 256 Patches (can expand to about 600); 64 Performances
  • Keyboard - 76 semi-weighted keys (responds to velocity and aftertouch)
  • Control - MIDI (8- to 16-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1993
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