Released in 1992, the JV80 Keyboard and JV880 rack brought Rolands synths into another direction from the "AL Synthesis" they had been producing since the release of the legendary D50. The JV Series of synths were now digital based with 4 Megs of PCM samples in it's ROM. They were 8 part, multi-timbral synths with an odd number of 28 voices. The JV's can hold 192 patches in it's ROM and additional 64 patches in RAM.
The most notable feature in the JV's were the addition of "SR-JV80 expansion boards", in which Roland released a whopping nineteen boards. Each board can hold an additional 8 megs of sounds so you could greatly expand the JV's memory and easily swap out boards as you needed them. This was the first time you could do this since the only way to expand a synths memory up until this point was to use PCM, RAM or ROM cards which held much smaller amounts of data.
Each of the boards is in a different style, which makes it easy to fit the board you buy with the type of tracks your producing. A couple of the outstanding boards which are still sort after today are the SR-JV80-08 "Keyboards Of The 60's & & 70's", which have some amazing Rhodes and Wurli Pianos and SR-JV80-04 "Vintage Synths", which include a great mix of analog synths. Roland did a great job with the programming and these boards can be a great addition if you have an old JV in your rack.
Roland shortly followed up with the JV-90, which was pretty much like the JV-80 with 76 keys and more memory. You could now expand the memory to about 600 patches in addition to the one slot for the expansion boards. The JV-1000 is essentially a combination of the Roland MC-50MkII sequencer, and the JV-80. Roland tweaked here and there, but the overall sound is still the same.
With the great selection of ROM waves included with the expansion boards, the JV series synths are capable of producing a wide range of cool sounds. We spent a lot of time with these synths and produced a large library of sounds for them that brings out their best. Ten volumes with over 1000 sounds in all. Please note that Vols 6 through 9 require expansion boards.
Our JV series patches are available as system exclusive or standard midi files. If your computer has a midi interface or sound card connected to the USB port, you can use your midi interface to load in the sounds. We provide the software along with your order that will load in the sounds for you. Midi interfaces are an inexpensive alternative to purchasing RAM or PCM cards and we sell them starting at under $100. Sorry, but we no longer offer the sounds on the ROM, RAM or PCM carts as they were discontinued many years ago. Our sounds will also get you back in business if your JV synths battery has died and you lost all the sounds in the memory.
If your just getting into synthesizers and on a budget, a used JV80, JV880, JV90 or JV1000 is worth looking into. We also sell used music gear and often have an JV in stock at a very reasonable price. We usually have several SR-JV80 Expansion boards for sale too. We give you a three month warranty on all our used music gear.
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