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
Pedro Valente
July 31, 2014 @ 3:36 pm
I got one times ago on 00's (second hand deal) by 100€.
The synth itself is very poor and [beep] y presets, the only good thing it has are the drums, which i find to be very nice !
July 20, 2014 @ 6:24 pm
Got one of these for £10 with broken display and several non functioning keys.
fitted the display and referbed the keyboard. (Wasted 3 hours)
Had a couple usable sounds but overall cheap and nasty keyboard( all the keys joined together like an airfix kit) and cheap and nasty sounding.
Sold it a week later for about £50 on ebay which was more than it was worth to be honest
June 6, 2014 @ 11:31 am
Just picked up one of these, and I have to say very impressed for such cheap simple keyboard.
I have one problem though and was wondering if anyone can help. I'm trying to play 2 sounds with a split point. The sustain pedal only seems to work on the low sound and not the higher sound. Not sure if it's possible to change this, or if it is just the way it is.
January 31, 2014 @ 4:26 am
? Can the XP-10 operate on a windows base system running Pro Tools
January 13, 2014 @ 11:00 am
Hello everyone!
I have a sort of question.
I'm using XP-10 to control the JV-1080 now, but when I set the Velo Sens on XP-10 to 0 the keyboard is still sending velocity sensitive data to the JV-1080. Is there a way to change this?
Thank you very much in advance!
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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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