Synth Site: Roland: JV-30: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.2 out of 5
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Paul Tye a hobbyist user from South Afriva writes:
I bought this keyboard in 1991 and suprizingly it still succeeds as an electronic device more than 10 years down the line. Good piano sound (why I bought it) and good general array of sounds. It is what I would call a plug-and-play keyboard. Easy to carry, plug in, select a sound and go. It's not really geared for creating new sounds, but much variation can be achieved by editing the sounds provided. Multi timbral and touch sensitivity with the quality you would expect from Roland. Thumbs up.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-20-2003 at 03:13
Jon a part-time user from London writes:
I would say that the JV-30 is an average machine... I have had mine for many years and now I'm replacing it. I have this to say about my trusty machine:

The sounds

You will find your standard piano and guitars here. Piano are good, and actually I have found that the guitars (if played like you would play a guitar) sound fairly good. The organs are terrible I have found them to be too harsh sounding for my liking. Strings sound very good, but are not as "paddy" as other machines. I think Roland have gone for real sound there. The basses sound pretty decent and if you get a European model you get some very nice variation bass patches that aren't on the US version.

The keyboard action

I found this to be very average. I find it was difficult to add vibrancy to your playing. Action is very subjective, but this is what I felt.

Editing and Effects

Effects are reverb and chorus. Both work fine so no problem there. Editing is very limited and I would say that there would be no reason to purchase the JV-30 with the intention of editing sounds.

Overall thoughts

If you want to use the JV-30 as a home keybaord or midi controller then it's a good choice, but if you are looking for a live performance keyboard then it is not suited well to this.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-21-2003 at 11:11
choi won from republic of korea writes:
please.....give me jv-30 manual.... if you have a manual, send me...by e-mail...

punkspirits@korea.com thanks..

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-09-2003 at 13:10
M a professional user from USA writes:
good piano.even k2600 0r trinity ,triton can't beat it.it won over all best piano sound in a in mid 90's synth reviews.good strings and ok other sounds.bad guitars.minimum but functional efx.decent keyboard feel.well cut and light.fits in your regular desk.front logo and all hard ware look pro(unlike cheaplookin N series from Korg).good basic sounds.what you may need is Korg or Kurz type gear to assist it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-17-2002 at 05:19
Chris L a professional user from London writes:
By no means an inspirational synth. More, sometimes good and always o.k. It's not as good as an X5 and lacks several editing features that many would find essential. It also has a wall-wort power supply, ugg! However, as someone hinted at below, you end up using it all the time. It is a synth to be played and not merely admired. I had mine sat next to a minimoog for a couple of years. The JV was used all the time, whilst the moog was occasionally switched on. The sounds are very good...especially nice pianos. It's a very useful synth in a midi set up for which it was clearly designed. It's nice and light and portable, like an X5, so you can go gig with it. A great starter keyboard...logical and easy to progam. Loads of sounds and an o.k. keyboard. Of course, there are more complex, and hyped, synths out there. However, if you want a synth to play, which is easy to live with and won't cost you a fortune, you can't go wrong with a JV30.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-16-2002 at 06:11
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