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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49 Visitor comments
September 15, 2010 @ 2:46 am
I've gone through 3 of these boards but it has a few key sounds that the current Juno G, Di, & Gi's can't produce. So I have to keep it in my rig and honestly, it's a great keyboard for the price! Just wish the LCD display was backlit so I don't have to use a lighter to make sure I pressed the right patch button at gigs!!
anthony bennett
June 18, 2010 @ 2:37 pm
You can say all you want about this board and I've owned a few in my day, but this board can hold up with anyone of the newer synth's out there. The piano's are wonderful, organs fantastic, brass and bass wonderful. I've got mine hooked to a Korg x5dr module and it's "da bomb". I own a Triton Le and a Yamaha MM6. First one out the house is the XP10. Light weight and dangerous. I've also combined it with an ensoniq mr1 module. If I had to part with any on my instruments, this one will be the last to go. Call it entry level if you like, this is one of the best Roland has ever put out
Gav The Nav
May 11, 2010 @ 2:47 am
I just took ownership of one of these and wow what an underated unit, this thing is freakin fantastic, so much better than just an entry level workstation.
February 26, 2010 @ 4:32 pm
I recently bought an XP10 on e bay and was prepared to be a bit underwhelmed but its turned out to be quite a useful piece of kit. I like the sounds, its easy to programme and I quite like the "dual x" function, this synth has got a few flaws but if you're working with a low budget/no budget set-up this is a great and at times quite a surprising little synth!
February 14, 2010 @ 2:33 pm
I have the first version of Roland XP-10 with no a backlit LCD display, so initially reading was not clear. However, now I changed the LCD module myself. Here is the effect of solution, XP-10 with a new LCD backlit as a modern 2x16 module with white letters on a black background:

Unfortunately, you can't simply remove the old LCD and put a new one. This requires a greater modification of the electronic unit. Roland's solution is not a standard.
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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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