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
October 15, 2011 @ 1:23 pm
Sasiest way is to insert inside four blue LEDs to display and connect them through an appropriate resistor to + 12 V ...
August 28, 2011 @ 1:26 pm
Hi, I'm learning to play keyboards and wanted to invest on a decent keyboard. Does anybody have a preference between the Roland XP-10 and the Roland JV-80? Both seems to be from the same time, but I'm not sure about the features on each one. The main idea is to used mostly for home recording or family celebrations, nothing too pro neither too crapy. Any advise is welcome. Thank you
Chris Wemyss
August 6, 2011 @ 8:50 am
Hi Folks, I have just been given a Roland XP10. When I plug it in the display lights up but there is only the faint hint of some random pixels, non of the leds light up and there is no sound. It has been a number of years since it was used . could thid be caused by the internal batery going flat or is this a sign of more serious problems.
July 24, 2011 @ 10:36 am
Gene I have one gathering to speak. Please contact me if your interested. I was looking on here how so I could list on Craigslist. I bought this from a Pawnshop 2 yrs agon never been able to use it. I have a Yamaha that I am going to keep. This is just too much for Vickie
July 4, 2011 @ 3:57 pm
I bought this keyboard for about 1000 in '97. Bought it off the floor of a local music dealer. It came with some keys not functioning and when I brought it back, they gave me the buyer beware line. It was a bad experience. All in all it sounded weak and boring. I really felt like it [beep] ed the life out of every patch. Maybe there was 3 I liked. But it [beep] ed. The COOL thing is that I traded it for a partially functional Korg Polysix which worked we enough to give me a LOT of pleasure. So I traded up and it was worth 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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