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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Roland JV-880 Multi Timbral Synthesizer Module Demo Songs
ManualRoland has made manuals for most of their products available as free PDF downloads.


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.