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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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a part-time user writes:
I bought this having used a friends JV1080 and figured well, this unit cant be that far behond the 1080. To begin, three Pipe Organ waves and one Jazz Organ wave with no Leslie simulator and I have to wonder what the hell the programmers were thinking. The 1080 does wonderful Hammonds, this thing simply does not!! A really stupid decision by Roland I think. Next, no split point, not even in Performance mode meaning you cant split two sounds on two separate ranges of a keyboard, my lesser U220 does this with ease! Again, what were they thinking?! Aside from these gripes, the general range of sounds is uninspiring but this is indeed a highly programmable little monster that can chuck out lovely pads, E.P's, a decent selection of drum sounds, basses and acoustic guitars. But again, the lack of a decent Hammond patch and a simple split point/key range knocks this down to a 3 for me.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-31-2005 at 20:40
Scip Gallant a professional user from usa writes:
Help" I've had my jv880 for about 10 years and I stll can't do splits . What to hell is performance mode all about?I'm using a Roland MKB-300 controller-can it memorize a performance mode setup-so I can play bass with my left hand? Please it's drivin' me kinda nuts.I don't use it on gigs 'cause I understand little.The owners manuals for both devices are a sheer joke. Called Sweetwater several times,was left 'on hold' each time.Any info on what to do deeply appreciated.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-26-2005 at 18:31
Al a part-time user from London, UK writes:
Further to my review of 28.6.04 (featured above), that particular 880 did actually stop working a few weeks after I wrote that review!

As the bloke had said, the output board gave up but, as soon as I could, I found another one and that's been the business ever since (touch wood!). Indeed, I sort of hankered after the sounds after the first one died and just had to have another. Ebay came to the rescue once more!

Since then I've bought several cards for it and they really open it up. The sounds are still as great as ever: the strings have that top-end vibrancy and shimmer you need to cut through the mix, the basses are deep and punchy and the piano sounds very authentic. Even the drum sounds are cool. I've got used to setting up multi-timbrality for sequencing and that becomes a cinch after a while.

If you see one for a decent price (certainly under £100), buy it!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-26-2005 at 17:44
Jacek a hobbyist user from Poland writes:
Nice peace of gear. Quite cheap. Some sound are crap, some just stunning. 28-voices of poliphony is a little bit too small. I reccomend the sr-jv expansion board.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-15-2005 at 09:20
Davie Morrison a part-time user from Scotland writes:
I use my JV-880 with a midi accordion for gigging, as an expander with a DX7 in another band as well as in my home studio. It's a great workhorse with some very useful performance combinations. Just purchased a "sounds of the 60's and 70's" card which is great. I love all the hammy sounds. I can't sem to find my owners manual (wife a bit too good at tidying things away). Anyone know if there's a .pdf one anywhere for download?? Davie Morrison, Glasgow

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-28-2004 at 09:22
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