Roland XP-30

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The XP-30 is a 64-voice Expandable Synthesizer that offered all of the great sounds of the XP and JV series at a more affordable price tag than previous XP-synths. Roland's XP-80 was a flagship workstation in its time, but by reducing the keyboard down to a standard 61 key (with velocity and aftertouch), elimination of the on-board sequencer, and fewer expansion card slots, the XP-30 was able to offer the XP-experience at a price within reach of serious musicians at any level.

The XP-30 does retain the XP-series synthesis architecture and all the world-renowned sound sets of the acclaimed XP-80 workstation, plus all the waveforms from the "Session", "Orchestral", and "Techno" expansion cards. It adds, however, a boat-load more patch storage than its more famous predecessors: there are 1,406 patches and 28 drum kits. Fortunately there is a Patch Finder and Phrase Preview for quick navigation and sound selection. Besides the two expansion slots for installing the SR-JV80-Series expansion boards, a SmartMedia card slot provides additional storage capability. Plenty of controls and four assignable Sound Palette sliders let you get deep into editing and programming its sounds.

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24 Visitor comments
Delai
November 28, 2010 @ 4:12 pm
i have a keyboard roland xp 30 when i on it it display 'user memory damaged' on the screen and when i play the keys gives me different pitch the keys are all play up what sall i do?
zikerstu
September 15, 2010 @ 2:55 am
The XP30 is a great little board to say the least! It has some great synths, pads, strings, a pretty good piano, and some cool drum kits! It's been one of my main boards for nearly 5 years now. Holy Crap!!!?
Caesar
January 13, 2010 @ 9:04 am
Cute board loaded with patches. Honestly, 10% of them [beep] but this is still much better then Roland's end of the century competitors and there is a lot to choose and edit from :) I like pads, synths, orchestral board, some leads and strings. Loops [beep] because they are there and can't be edited. Regarding sounds, first thing I did was turning the reverb off since it made the thing sound fuzzy like some cheap CTK boards for teens. Adding external pro processor improved the sound tremendously. Having a PC editor is also a must since editing ADSR takes too long (don't get misled by the left side sliders). 4mb cards available on Ebay for $70. That is a lot and a card allows you to store only about 60 patches. Keyboard action just like I wanted - not too soft not too hard. The only thing I'd change would be the pitch/modulation stick. It works fine for horizontal pitch but the vertical modulation is far from ok. Otherwise a perfect rompler.
tweekaholic
January 8, 2010 @ 5:57 pm
Me and many others have produced tracks for about 10 years on the XP-30. It is rock solid and hasn't given me any problems. It has really lightweight keys that allow you to give a lot of aftertouch. You can program your own patches that are outstanding. I never realized how powerful this was until a producer came by the studio one day and showed me how to release the beast in this thing. This is one keyboard I will never get rid of.
Gazpacho
April 9, 2009 @ 10:15 am
Apart from not being able to get the 5v smartmedia cards anymore and the occasional MIDI lock-up when turning on external gear, its fab. Expanded with 60/70's keyboards and classic synths..who needs a mellotron?
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 Voices
  • Oscillators - 4 per voice ( 4 x 64 voices), 32 bit custom RISC chips for Digital Acoustic simulation; 512 on-board waveforms (plus up to two 8MB SRJV80 series expansion boards)
  • LFO - 2 MIDI syncable LFOs
  • Filter - TVF (lowpass, bandpass, high pass) with cutoff, resonance, key follow and velocity sensitivity
  • Effects - Reverb, Chorus and 40 multi-EFX
  • Memory - 1,406 patches, including all sounds from the "Session", "Orchestral" and "Techno" wave expansion boards, 28 Rhythm kits.
  • Keyboard - 61 keys with velocity and aftertouch sensitivity
  • Arpeg/Seq - Advanced Arpeggiator capabilities derived from the XP-60/80
  • Control - MIDI In/Out/Thru (16-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1999-2002
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    Reviewed December 2007.

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