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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47 Visitor comments
Stevie P
March 24, 2011 @ 10:18 am
This is a wonderful synth and one of my faves in that it is easy to use, has wonderful sounds - and these days not too bad on the wallet. I even bought one for a dear friends child. It may not be as fancy and have as many features as top level synths, but it is friendly and in quick order one can be off and running with it. Some of the sound patches are absolutely wonderful and soaring on it and can hold their own against others on more expensive synths. For what it does, it does exceedingly well and has a wonderful warm charm about it. It's a keeper. :-)
January 17, 2011 @ 12:25 pm
@Anthony Bennet: are you serious? I own this keyboard..... worst piano & organ sounds ever heard on an entry level! Keyboard is quite good, but programming is almost inexistent. Only good thing is the arpeggiator and the palette modulation (digital filters). I used it as a master keyboad years ago, now it's olny collecting dust.
December 22, 2010 @ 1:37 pm
Rompler, pure and simple. Bad filter, psuedo VCF envelope etc. but then again that's fairly standard nowadays.
Good sound though, if you like presets you could find yourself paying a lot more for no reason whatsoever.
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
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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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