Roland XP-50

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The XP-50 is not just another synthesizer workstation, it's basically a JV-1080 with a built-in keyboard and a 16-track sequencer! It is a digital synthesizer using sampled ROM waveforms. Superb sound quality capable of emulating most any instrument imaginable plus totally fat analog synth type sounds and loads of percussion! It has 64 voices of polyphony and is 16-part multitimbral. The XP-50 makes a great beginner's pro-quality workstation.

It has 8MB of sounds and it also offers a lot of expandability with 4 expansion slots and 2 data card memory slots. You can get up to 42MB of sounds by adding any of the popular SR-JV80 expansion cards suited for Techno, World Instruments, Orchestral or Synthesizers. There's also plenty of multi-effects, reverbs, choruses and filters for creative flexibility, motion control and extensive MIDI implementation.

Some of the features the XP-50 brings (to the JV-1080) are a standard 61-note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch. The MRC-PRO 16-track sequencer which features 60,000 note capacity and can hold 100 patterns and 1 song. Several recording features (loop, step, realtime), quantization and editing features are available too. A built-in 3.5 inch disk drive facilitates storage of your sequences and MIDI data. With a 'bang for your buck' value the XP-50 still makes a great keyboard alternative to the JV-1080. That means you get some of Roland's best sounds in a performance workstation that is as affordable as 'pro-quality' can get (beyond which come the XP-60 and XP-80 mega-synths). It has been used by The Cure.

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K.C.
July 12, 2014 @ 6:09 am
I bought my XP-50 a few years ago for pocket change, because it has a problem. I think one of the filter chips is bad -- whenever a note is triggered (no matter the patch, velocity, etc) the synth outputs a raspy white-noise sound into the left channel, which eventually fades into a kind of sizzling sound before it disappears. The seller was up-front with me about this, so I'm not complaining.

I only wonder, is this a common problem, or even a known (if rare) one with the XP series? If it would be an affordable repair I'd love to take it to a service center. Anyone experienced this?
l. sharp
January 3, 2014 @ 9:51 pm
I have a Roland XP-50 which I got used, and am learning to love it. The sounds are incredible! I noticed that there are available a set of floppy disks which are called the Roland Library of Sounds. I'm wondering if these are merely what I already have contained in my workstation, or if there are additional sounds available. Oddly enough, I'm looking for novelty animal sounds for a show that I'm doing. This is not my main focus, but just a temporary need.
Jedediah Ghouled
January 1, 2014 @ 10:30 pm
I've had mine since 1998, and with the exception of a motherboard replacement (I bought a used 1995 model) it has been my main workhorse ever since. Sturdy as a tank and great sounds to boot. Funny enough, I just had to replace my CR-2032 battery for the first time today.
kcee
December 29, 2013 @ 12:06 pm
Pls sm1 shud teach me aw 2 sequence with xp-50.av gt sngs 2 do plxxx
tomoz
November 21, 2013 @ 3:40 pm
Thanks a million Ednarg I was in a panic, but I'm up and running again.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 Voices
  • Oscillators - 32 bit custom RISC chips for Digital Acoustic simulation; 512 on-board waveforms (plus up to four 8MB SRJV80 series expansion boards)
  • LFO - Up to 8 MIDI syncable LFOs
  • Filter - TVF (lowpass, bandpass, high pass, peak) with cutoff, resonance, key follow and velocity sensitivity
  • Effects - 40 multi-effects, reverb, chorus
  • Memory - 640 Patches, 128 performances
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (responds to velocity and aftertouch)
  • Control - MIDI (16-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1995
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