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
Tom McLaughlin
November 8, 2012 @ 4:44 am
Tom McLaughlin
November 8, 2012 @ 4:41 am
Hi Guys, I have a Roland XP50 in mint condition.. Bought it new years ago intending to use as hobby but its only been out of the box about half a dozen times in the home. It really is a fabulous instrument but regretably its wasted on me so If anyone is interested please contact me
October 10, 2012 @ 7:17 pm
Lora. Sounds like the internal memory battery has died, been replaced or just corrupted it. To test the battery go to "system" then press 8/16 and then press the down button a few times (past expansion status) and you will come to battery check. Should say OK. To reload the preset sounds that come with it you need the original floppy that came with it. I have that floppy as I have an XP50 I've had from new. post an email addy and i'll send it. Its a great keyboard and I would never part with it. (just to keep it on topic)
October 10, 2012 @ 7:07 am
I would like to buy the Keyboard Roland XP50 (second hand) and normal , If you need to buy it please send the picture and cost to me.

Best Regards,
Dave Jett
September 14, 2012 @ 9:21 am
I've been using a Roland xp-50 for around 12 years. Even on foggy nights when our equipment got soaked. Recently, my monitor window (orange screen) went blank. So I bought a Juno Gi. Now I'm looking for a used xp-50. I think it's the "aftertouch". It's something they don't seem to make anymore in any keyboard. With the xp-50 you can control the amount of an effect simply by pressing harder. The "letterformat" gives you piano, but strings in the background. Play a chord and hold it until it goes silent, then press harder and the strings come in smooth and strong. I love it.
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • 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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