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
August 1, 2013 @ 9:35 am
Anybody know where to find an editor for the XP-50?
Bluffton Church Muskegon
July 23, 2013 @ 11:41 am
Our xp-50 basically died. The orange LED came on but none of the button lights and no sound from it. So I read around and took the 30 larger screws out of the back and replaced the cr2032 button battery inside. The one in there must have been 20 years old. Anyway, after this the button lights came on and the led screen seemed to work but very very dim. And I could see it said something like user memory corrupt. So reading around I found out how to do a factory reset ("initializing") here: Web Designers
June 25, 2013 @ 9:21 am
"Had my XP50 since the 80's.."

cool, you must have a really early prototype then
Richard Bullock
May 15, 2013 @ 4:51 pm
Had my XP50 since the 80's. Now has low battery and only works when I hold the sustain pedal down. Also one A note is out. Anyone had this problem? Thanks. It's a great machine!',
May 11, 2013 @ 4:28 pm
I have my XP50 for about 10 years now, I use it every day and I love to create my own sounds, with a little help from the program "Change it!".
For those people asking for a factory reset, you don´t need any floppy disk or whatever, you can reset the machine to factory setup doing this:

Press DISK/UTILITY, select SOUND, select
PRESET, then press ENTER. Use the dial to
turn Memory Protect OFF if ne
cessary, then press ENTER twice

You´re welcome ;-)
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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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