Roland XP-60

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The XP-60 was one of Roland's flagship digital Workstation Synthesizers. With extensive professional features, superb quality PCM sounds, sequencing, effects and more, the XP-60 could be the only synth you may ever need! Compared with other XP- synths, the XP-60 is almost the same as the XP-80 except that XP-80 has a great 76-note semi-weighted keyboard whereas the XP-60 has a standard 61 note keyboard.

Like the XP-80, the XP-60 offers up 64 voices of polyphony and can send on up to 16 MIDI channels simultaneously. The sounds are all digital in nature and sound pretty good too! Though its strengths are the emulation of acoustic instruments, it can create convincing synth-type sounds too. It comes with 16MB of ROM sounds, but there's room for up to four 8MB expansion boards that add Orchestral, Techno, Vintage Synths, World, Bass & Drums and other instrument sets (from the SR-JV80 expansion series).

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Bringing up the 'Workstation' end of the XP-60 is a full-fledged on-board MRC Pro sequencer. With a 60,000 note capacity, 100 patterns, and 1 song position - you can create songs, patterns, loops or phrases with relative ease. Other features of the sequencer include Grid, Groove or Shuffle quantization and a built-in disk-drive. A great Arpeggiator is also available. High quality internal effects are provided such as Reverbs, Chorus, Delays and many great multi-effects. There are also digital filters (4-pole, 12dB/oct, HP, LP, BP, Peak) and a ring-modulator for analog-synth type effects, perfect for dance and techno music! A Modulation-Matrix provides up to two LFO-effects for adding motion and life to the sounds. In addition, there are 6 sliders for real-time control.

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In a nutshell, the XP-60 is a pure digital synth. Its sounds are virtually the same as the JV-1080, JV-2080, XP-80 and XP-50 synthesizers. And the XP-60 makes a great all-in-one Workstation for any musical application. For a digital instrument, the sounds can be surprisingly expressive and the XP-60 is not reserved for any particular musical genre, other than top-quality music!

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19 Visitor comments
Rob the Russian
July 20, 2010 @ 1:05 pm
The Roland XP-60 is whack. Sorry guys. Dudes used to bring this piece into the studio all the time and barrage me with their thin sounding, over-quantized, general-MIDI sounding hip hop beats. If you are going for an XP you need to get an expanded XP-80. Bottom line. The keys on the 60 stick and break easily. Saving songs to a floppy disk? Way to go Roland, you sure were ahead of the curve on that one.
June 25, 2010 @ 7:58 pm
I loved this thing like crazy because the work-flow was so crazy stinking fast! Well I did, until I realized the fact that it wasnt stamping outgoing midi data causing it to record its own midi notes after looping through several other pieces of gear and then back into itself. Maxed out the sequencer after a few minutes! So I sold it for and MPC 2500 n boy was I happy. :)
January 25, 2009 @ 8:04 am
I have used a XP60 for 9 years and it has been brill. I have just developed an intermitant fault where if you press the keys hard the sound redusces and sometimes there is a crackle or buz sounnd. It may be the pre amp or touch sensitivity issue. You get bit even if listening through headphones. I am sick because I love this keyboard and hadnt planned on replacing it.
I had a service done on it ( £108 inc. vat) but the fault is still there.
September 10, 2008 @ 7:09 am
I have an xp 60, bought in 2000 and have never had any problem whatsoever with it. I gig with it and use it in the studio. With all the new stuff that is out the SRJV sound engine voices are almost classic. It still sounds great and still has a greaty feel. Roland Keyboards ROCK!
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Demos of four arpeggios. From Future Music CD issue 73.

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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 Voices
  • Oscillators - 4 osc. per voice; Digital PCM subtractive with 16MB of ROM (expandable to 80MB)
  • Sequencer - 60,000 notes, 100 patterns, 1 song
  • Filter - Resonant 4-pole, 12dB/oct, High pass, LowPass, BandPass, Peak filtering
  • Effects - 3 processors: EFX (w/ 40 effects), 8 reverbs, chorus
  • Memory - 512 Preset, 128 User patches; 64 Preset, 32 User performances; 8 Preset, 2 User Drumkits
  • Keyboard - 61 keys (responds to velocity and aftertouch)
  • Control - MIDI (16-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1996
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