Synth Site: Roland: JV-880 Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Denis a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
I've been quite decieved by this synth (someone lend me one but I'll never buy one).

The sounds are good at first listenning, but often sound unfinished.

The drum sounds are mainly crap (especially the cymbals) and the organs are only good for

house music due to their synthetic feel.

The pianos are generally good (and some excellent) in the low notes but

sound weak and need some brilliance and sustain.

However, there are excellent bass sounds, and some noisy sounds are good.

I think that when you use it with complex arrangements with lots of tracks,

it can sound good, but independently, the sounds often seem cold.

It can also be a good module if you need some good bass sounds.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:40
William Kalfelz a hobbyist user from Brazil writes:
I had a lot of keyboards, from ensoniq, emu, korg, roland, alesis. This module is

good for the ones who like to create they'r own instruments. It have excelent

resonance filters, Low/High Pass filters, &quot;Virtual-Analog&quot; feel and cool synth

and analog waves... the presets are most crap, but some of them are good. I myself

created some killer ones for analog and realtime filtering stuff... you can use some

controlers to control the filters, resonance, LFO1 LFO2, Volume, etc...

I'm using it along with D110 from Roland and a Sampler...

You can visit my home-page for more info

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:40
J. Collins a hobbyist user from Cleveland, Ohio writes:
I agree with Denis. This module is good in the context of "thick" arrangements. I double my piano sounds with o1 piano (modified) to get a richer, natural sound. Neither the Korg or Roland has a piano sound that satisfies me after playing acoustic piano all my life. I use the Roland for bass sounds and have some good pad patches I have created (still learning). The drums are so-so. The strings are sweet. The attack and aftertouch of the horn sections are perfect for some of the stuff I write. It sound to me like i might want to invest in an expansion card. Any recommendations? Also, why the hell did they design this unit to cancel effects when 4 outputs are used? Is there any way around this?

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:40
Martijn Post a part time user from The Netherlands writes:
The JV-880 is the heart of my performance. I have 2 Midi-keyboard controllers connected to one Synth-module, due to shortage of money! But it works. We perform about twice a week and the JV had never let me down so far. The only complaint I have is when the JV is being used with a lot of voices at once, The LFO's start acting really weird, they don't make any sense at all, anymore. But that's the only complaint I have. I am looking forward to having more money, so I can buy me a JV-1080/2080 or something like that. By the way, I have expanded my JV-880 with a SR-JV80-01 expansion-board and a SO-PCM Accordeon (yes, really) card. I like them too. They give me a lot of realistic and well-playable sound. Roland, thank you!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:40
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