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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27 Visitor comments
July 5, 2014 @ 9:31 pm
is it possible to store edited sounds in a own arranged order???
-if yes , how much sounds can i store ???
- are they stay stored after power of ????
- in internal memory or on the card ???

thanks in advance....

Daff Jim
June 10, 2014 @ 7:03 pm
How does the XP-30 compare to the JV-1080?

They have the same sound engine, but I've heard the XP-30 has a lesser quality output stage.
June 8, 2014 @ 11:05 pm
I'm looking for the MAC sound drivers for a Roland XP-30. I've searched the Roland site but it's no longer available? If anyone has a link to it or could email me the files It would be amazing! I'm trying to hook up to Garageband and can't get a signal.
Arik S
July 23, 2013 @ 10:24 pm
One of the best performance synths ever made. I would call it D-50 of the early 2000s, amazing sounds, plenty of editing and ton of patch storage (over 2,000 sounds on board when fully expanded). You should download patch editor from Roland to see how much is packed inside of this synth! You can't really see it from its LCD display, but on computer screen it simply blows you away. Only things I wish were there are more user memories on board (128 patches is too little), and USB interface and memory storage instead of SmartMedia card.
December 15, 2012 @ 9:46 am
@Avinash, you can set PATCH REMAIN to ON.
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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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