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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45 Visitor comments
Paul Bennett
June 20, 2012 @ 4:04 pm
I contacted Roland after I heard/understood that changing the battery should be done by a tedhnician. I read online here the "how to" change and this is a Roland site, no? I followed the manufactureres reccomend and contacted THEIR listed tech in Leland N.C. and asked for HIM to change it. He advised me to simply change the battery without consequences, he advised! I did. The Roland lost all programming, kaput. "The capacitors leaked out" one said. They don't make the board! I followed their advise to the "t" and I have a piece of scrap. Thank you Roland! Pays to follow mfg's advice?
June 13, 2012 @ 8:16 am
The display fades away frequently and stays off for some time. It sometimes comes back, but goes away. It is bad, since it makes it impossible to browse through the menus. Any tips on what I could do? Thanks a lot
Arik S.
May 31, 2012 @ 12:36 am
Man, battery change on Roland is the easiest thing to do. It a standard CR2032 button battery, anywhere from $1.67 to $4.99, depending on brand and store. Flip the synth over, place on something soft like blanket, so you won't mess up keys and bender. Remove all screws, bottom panel will come off easy. Everything is mounted on the top cover, so bottom is justt a piece of metal. Look at the printed boards, battery is usually on main board in the middle. If not, sometimes it's mounted on other side of the board, you'll have to remove it too to access the battery holder.
Arik S.
May 31, 2012 @ 12:36 am
Sometimes battery is soldered straight to the motherboard (Like on Yamaha DX7), you'll have to order replacement from Digi-Key, look online, $1.08 plus ship. But Rolands and KORGs usually have standard battery holder like in calculator, no soldering needed. Make sure synth is plugged to AC outlet and is turned on, or you will lose all your custom patches (just don't touch anything near area where power cord comes in, everything else is low-voltage circuits, totally safe) Good luck!
May 1, 2012 @ 9:56 am
My XP50 display shows "battery low" 1. where IS the battery located? 2. where do I buy these batteries?...and ok, I'm a dummy, so anybody who can explain how to transpose a key, ie...from C to C# or from F# to F, etc, please tell me? They ought to have a dummy's version of Manual! would appreciate your help alot
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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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