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
February 4, 2011 @ 9:42 am
Had a one for a while in the 90s, sounds clean and Hifi-esque, could do with a little more punch. The 28-voice polyphony limits the fun somewhat if you make heavy use of its 8-part multitimbrality which was a constant problem for me because the JV-90 was the only synth I had at that time. There are voice expansion cards available but they do not really enhance the internal 28 voices, only the additional patches on these cards can use them. In short, it's a decent allrounder that gets the job done if you treat it right, although there are better options available in its current price range.
January 30, 2011 @ 1:02 pm
hola yo necesito sonidos del teclado roland jv 90 . si alguien me hace el favor de pasarme sonidos , aca les dejo mi msn OSCAR_MOUNSTRY@HOTMAIL.COM , gracias
January 16, 2011 @ 12:40 am
found the problem. took the keyboard out of the case and let it sit in front of a fan for a day. must have dried it out. should always leave it out of the case after a gig once home to let it calm down and climatise again.
January 9, 2011 @ 7:24 pm
my jv 90 makes a horrible crashing sound when i play any key using the internal sounds. it also has a 60 70 expansion board and when i play these sounds the jv 90 plays fine. I don't get it any ideas?
January 7, 2011 @ 11:56 am
@thesauce : there is a scale settings that allow the user to set custom scale ( for example, arabic music is not in diatonic scale ). turning it off will correct the tune. Sorry I can't point where since mine is in repair :)
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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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