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
November 22, 2012 @ 12:43 am
como faço para misturar 2 timbre sem ser no performace pq aquele cassypaino e muito estridente eu vi um cara que disse que colocou placa de expanção do xp-80 no jv-35 tem como fazer isso no jv-90 e o que é programçao que o povo tanto fala que é dificil pra que isso serve vlw
Chet Lamm
October 24, 2012 @ 12:56 pm
Does anybody know if a osc (sample) in these synths can be FM modulated with another sample to give a VCF filter 'rhythm' like the intro to ELP's Karn Eval Nine?
B.A. Black
June 6, 2012 @ 2:14 am
JSynthLib is a good patch editor. It's written in Java so works on any OS. I think it's designed to work with a JV-80 but the JV-90 is probably similar enough that it will work. All the patches for the JV-90 work with the JV-80 and vice versa. To be honest though, the editor isn't really as necessary for this as it is for the rack JV synths. The JV-80/90 give you extra buttons and sliders and a nice size screen to quickly jump though the edit parameters. This also allows realtime vector-style blending of patches while playing.
graham banks
February 19, 2012 @ 6:44 pm
Mr. Smith:
Soundquest makes a librarian editor "MidiQuest XL" which has a pretty good JV editor. It handles performances, patches, rhythm set, tuning tables etc. That's a good one to check out, and it is for both Mac and PC.
January 7, 2012 @ 2:45 pm
Two questions... does anyone know if there is an editor for this keyboard? soft or hardware editor... Plus, one of the bank buttons stopped working. Is there a service manual I can download? I can repair the button but I don't know how to get to it. Ideas?
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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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