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
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synth was my first venture into midi, some years ago, after finally realising that my minimoog and juno 6 were a bit out of date!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?
November 30, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
jozsef varga, you must stay in part 10
suman vyas, you must programme every tone in each part that you want to use and then you can change tone quickly changing only the part,
jozsef varga
November 21, 2012 @ 8:32 am
Hi can someone please help me? I cant start drumm in my keyboard.Please help!!!!!
Craig Campbell
September 29, 2012 @ 2:55 pm
I have had this little synth for many, many years, and use it on a daily basis these days as my main midi keyboard for home recording. It has never let me down and is a wonderful, reliable workhorse. Some of the sounds may be a little dated these days, but it has proved to be a fantastic long-term bargain. And there are some lovely apds and pianos on here!
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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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