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 31, 2010 @ 3:27 pm
I have a working jv-90 and I need a power chord... can anyone help?
November 28, 2010 @ 10:21 pm
I just got one of these, and there is just so much that it has to offer! I was definitely impressed by the amount of factory presets it came with. It has nice pads and strings, and very decent lead synth patches. If I had to keep one synth, it might be this one as it can do just about anything as far as my needs go.

The only problem I have is that the C#/Bb keys are out of tune - they are a little flat. It is only those keys too. Does anyone know what the problem might be and how to fix it? Thanks.
Patrik Wallander
November 4, 2010 @ 7:47 am
You could indeed send midi with the faders, volume pan and etc. and in GM mode even more. I've done it with a Roland XV5080 module, mixing and turning on of sounds in my live-setup in realtime.
September 10, 2010 @ 10:29 am
You can actually fix the aftertouch on the unit and make it adjustable by putting in a variable resistor in the op-amp circuit if you want to - mine works perfectly now. However, as far as I can see the faders don't transmit MIDI data so I don't understand how you can use them to control other synths...?
August 28, 2010 @ 12:09 am
It's an excellent master controller. Ideal for home studios. Aftertouch is typically roland, a bit tough, but it's part of the jv line has oodles of patches and 14 cards.
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    ROLAND JV 90
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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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