Roland XP-10

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The XP-10 was an entry-level Workstation synthesizer. It's a digital synthesizer that uses sampled sounds and waveforms stored on ROM chips. Basic envelope and filter settings can be manipulated to tweak the sounds, but that's it. The sounds themselves are preset and not very tweakable. Though its filter is digital, it is resonant and sounds ok. There is also basic reverb and chorus effects. However, the LCD display is narrow and programming can become tedious, if not boring and the interface is often reported as being 'buggy'.

However, its sounds can be anything but boring at times! Standard GM-set and SR-JV80 type sounds include great acoustic instruments (pianos, strings, winds, percussion and brass) and a lot of nice synth-type sounds (303 lines, sub bass, noise, leads, pads). It is quite capable of creating dance music or symphonic performances.

As a workstation, the XP-10 provides at least a starting point. It has an arpeggiator with several preset patterns (but no user patterns). There are two programmable sliders for real-time control of some of the editable parameters like the filter cutoff. Another feature called "X-Dual" mode layers two sounds which can be panned and mixed independently to create a new sound. Today, the XP-10 makes an ok back-up synth for quality but basic sounds, but it still leaves much to be desired.

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50 Visitor comments
June 7, 2009 @ 10:31 am
I loved this synth. I picked one up for free from an old school that was chucking it out, unfortunately it is bust now. It wasn't the greatest synth ever but some of the patches where brilliant especially the very authentic Mellotron samples.
June 2, 2009 @ 9:23 am
Realy nice snd simple for home...
September 26, 2008 @ 12:55 pm
lots of work on that too... the user banks are pretty cool...

i have a few songs that were recorded only in the xp-10 and sound very good to this day...

of course i had to go for something a lot better which is where i am at now.. but i miss the bugger... and it was very light to carry around... unlike my kx88!
September 25, 2008 @ 10:03 am
Good, very basic bread n'butter ROMpler. Some of the patches are excellent -- the pianos and organs -- and ideal for cover band use. Apart from the X-Dual feature, however, it is quite difficult to get anything NEW out of this board. Still, given what XP-10s go for these days, it's a worthwhile value if you need to cover those acoustic sounds that Roland's ROMplers are so good at.
Andrew Beddoes
September 17, 2008 @ 12:20 am
A good intro to Roland GM sounds- bright, nice variety. Each drum key can have effects added, but with no data wheel, you have to lean on the button and wait for the values to creep up. Very phat filter sound. I recorded a lot of music with this unit, probably because there wasn't much to program on it.
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 28 Voices
  • Oscillators - Digital Acoustic simulation
  • LFO - Yes
  • Filter - Resonant Digital Filter
  • Effects - 2 Effects units with up to 10 different effect types
  • Memory - 338 Preset, 256 User patches; 64 Preset, 64 User performances; 16 Preset, 20 User Drumkits
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (responds to velocity and aftertouch)
  • Control - MIDI (16-parts; can send on 2 simultaneous channels); PC/Mac port
  • Date Produced - 1994

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