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
May 27, 2013 @ 8:11 am
I am still using my XP-10, even though the display has gone down completely (luckily I wrote my chosen settings, such as Local Off and GM Reset, on a card when the display began to fail). I use the GM Grand Piano (or Piano1) tone a lot. For some reason - never found an explanation for this - the piano tone in GM2 is very different, metallic and horrible. If I could find a used XP-10 with a working display I would buy it.
March 30, 2013 @ 5:37 am
Oh and the specs are just made up. The oscillator utilises S+S. There is no such thing as "Digital Acoustic simulation". This site's writer needs some basic synthesis schooling.
March 30, 2013 @ 5:31 am
The description writer is clueless. This is NOT a workstation. Nor does it have great sounds, as the writer says about every synth featured on this site. Some sounds are ok, but in general they are thin and weak.
March 28, 2013 @ 7:16 pm
This little synth was my first venture into midi, some years ago, after finally realising that my minimoog and juno 6 were a bit out of date! I bought mine new and have no regrets - It has some great sounds and if you are willing to squeeze the best out of it with nrpn's and such, like I did, it can sound fabulous.
I still have mine, and still use it. The keyboard plays well, but is somewhat noisy!
Sometimes when I turn it on the display comes up corrupt, not too much of a problem, If it broke completely, I would definately seek out another one. Simple but good - I like it!
jovenal d tuazon
January 11, 2013 @ 6:30 am
hello there it is posible to make a pattern drum in roland xp10 i dont heve a manual any body can help me pls?
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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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