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What is a Roland JV 30 & Where To Buy One

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Roland JV 30

In this article, we will be giving you useful information about the Roland JV 30 and where you can purchase it, both in USA and UK.

The Roland JV-30, a 16-part multitimbral synthesizer launched in 1992, is compatible with Roland’s GS format tone-mapping standard. Offering a range of preset tones and percussion sounds, it features four key modes: Dual, Split, Fat, and Octave. These can be accessed via dedicated front-panel buttons on the synth. Additionally, the JV-30 includes three sliders that function as MIDI controllers for real-time expression in your music data.

The JV-30 is a synthesizer with a 61-note keyboard featuring velocity and aftertouch. Its keys are substantial, offering comfortable playability. The rear includes standard sockets like MIDI In/Out/Thru, L(Mono) and R audio outputs, stereo headphone output, and sustain pedal socket. Additionally, there is a power input socket and an on/off switch at the back.

The JV-30 synthesizer is relatively simple, making it user-friendly from the start due to its well-organized front panel. However, this simplicity may disappoint users seeking more versatility and complexity. Like many Roland synths of its time, the JV-30’s effects processing is limited to chorus and reverb with eight variations each. The front panel features a 16 x 2 line LCD screen, volume slider, parameter buttons, effect buttons, key mode buttons, edit palette buttons, value buttons/slider, transpose button and solo button.

Roland JV 30 specifications:

Year Released: 1992

MSRP: $1195.00

Keyboard: 61 keys with velocity

Polyphony: 24 notes

Multitimbral: 16 parts

Preset Patches: 128

User Patches: 128

User Performances: 8

Preset Drum Kits: 9

User Drum Kits: 9

ROM: 445 16-bit waveforms (317 instrument, 128 drums), primarily derived from SC-55 Sound Canvas

Effects: 8 choruses and 8 reverbs

Screen: 16×2 character display

Dimensions: 978 mm x 279 mm x 84 mm

Weight: 6.6 kg


The Roland JV-30 is a great option for those just starting out with synthesizers, as it is user-friendly and easy to access. Unfortunately, its lack of programming options and lack of depth or warmth compared to other synths may be a turn-off for more experienced users. However, it does offer good piano sounds, which was its purpose in the beginning.

Where to buy:

Click here for the USA.

Click here for the UK.


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