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Average rating: 3.5 out of 5
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Michal Najvrt a part-time user from Czech Republic writes:
I have used this keyboard for one year as second or third keyboard on the stage. My one had the expansion board VE-JV1E installed. I think, the accoustic sounds are dated in comparsion with todays standard (or maybe I am dainty by my other synths). On the expansion board you can find some very good synth leads. I also like the Roland's string ensembles, accoustic guitars and e-pianos. There are not many features for creating of your own sound (one LP filter with resonance, 3 stage envelope, portamento and vibrato and a few effect parameters). The system of data storage is confused and there are only 8 places for performances. The keyboard has a plastic feeling and it it a little bit noisy. It can be splited or layered (2 sounds only)and does not have aftertouch. I can recommend it (with VE-JV1E installed) as a second keyboard.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-27-2006 at 14:39
Clym a part-time user writes:
An inoffensive set of keys that can sound fine. A few parameters can be edited and this does provide quite some variation over the sound. Good GM stuff, including a great grand piano sound. The sequencer is easy to edit and works well. Don't pay much for one and look out for the JV35 which lacks the sequencer but has everything else.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-16-2003 at 12:03
Richard Kilpatrick a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Great synth, lacks true control over waveforms but hardly needs it with JV1 board installed. Disk unit helpful for backing tracks at folk club (my dad, not me) and some great pads for ambient/dance music. Excellent build quality too. Much better than EP model with disk drive.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:11
Shai Yallin a part time user from Israel (Unfortunalty) writes:
Welp... It's the first keyboard I ever had.

Unfortunatly, it's the ONLY keyboard I have. The basic sound set is GM only. Nice sounds, but not much of

use. I recently bought the expansion board.

It has additional 512 sounds, but about 60% of 'em are useless

for me. I love the leads. There's a full bank (128) of 'em. This isn't a real synthesizer - it can't edit waveforms.

The editable parameters are envelope and filter.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:11
DK a hobbyist user writes:
The Roland JV-50 seems to overload in the MIDI Buff as soon as you add at least 7 tracks at one time (the beginning of the songs). It's embarrassing when you're performing. then sometimes it doesn't reset all the way when you start a new set of instruments and everything screws up!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:11
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