Roland XP-80

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The XP-80 was one of Roland's flagship digital Workstation Synthesizers. With extensive professional features, superb quality PCM sounds, sequencing, effects and more, the XP-80 could be the only synth you may ever need! Compared with earlier XP-series synths, the XP-80 adds a great 76-note semi-weighted keyboard for a realistic playing experience. A bright and large 320 by 80 pixel backlit display gives easy readability to any programming and sequencing you may do on the XP-80.

The XP-80 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 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).

Bringing up the 'Workstation' end of the XP-80 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. The XP-80 also excels as a Master Keyboard controller used to control other synthesizers and MIDI gear. A great Arpeggiator is also available. High quality internal effects are provided such as Reverbs, Chorus, Delays and Roland's EFX multi-effects technology. 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.

In a nutshell, the XP-80 is a pure digital synth. Its sounds are virtually the same as the JV-1080, JV-2080, XP-60 and XP-50 synthesizers. And the XP-80 makes a great all-in-one Workstation or Master Keyboard controller for any musical application. For a digital instrument, the sounds can be surprisingly expressive and the XP-80 is not reserved for any particular musical genre, other than top-quality music! From Carnegie Hall to warehouse Raves, the XP-80 has been used. If you don't require such an elegant keyboard, the XP-60 is the next best alternative. And if you don't need any keyboard, the JV-2080 or JV-1080 make the next best alternatives to this flagship workstation.

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34 Visitor comments
January 27, 2012 @ 3:12 am
Hi there, this is a gorgeous piece of art. Great sounds, especially if you expand with the vinatage card.

BUT: Mine has problems with the middle "C": It does only contact sporadically and only if you hit the key harder than the other keys. Does anybody know how to fix that? Cleaning contacts perhaps?

January 10, 2012 @ 12:29 am
sama gan ane juga mo buat lagu track and jingle selalu berbentrokan antar track 1 dan 2
gan klo nt punya imformasi cara ngetrack bagi tipsnya dong ................. salam para pecinta xp80
December 18, 2011 @ 11:47 am
I love my xp-80. The vintage and session boards are the most helpful. The synth action feel of the keyboard is one of the best. The sequencer, unfortunately, doesn't work well. I could never get it to work properly. It gets off time and skips easily. The performances are good for splitting the keyboard with 16 different sounds and layers. If you want classic roland sounds,pick up a later model XP80 (they fixed the timing problem I heard on the seq). Wish that the sliders actually affected the values in the patch so you can save a revised resonance or cutoff.
December 13, 2011 @ 8:54 pm
Didi, My XP-80 with all 4 expansions filled (Orchestral, Keys for the 60's & 70's, Vintage Synth, and Pop) has well over 1600 sounds and a ton of wave-forms to choose from. I love this workstation much more than my Fantom X-8!
December 8, 2011 @ 3:51 pm
Loved my XP80. I have a crappy [beep] Korg triton now, and would love to trade it this piece of art!
The sequencer is lovely, easy to handle, every thing makes sence!!
Great sounds, great everything!! Don´t do as i did. Sell and buy a [beep] ty korg. I miss my xp 80 a lot....
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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), reverb, chorus, delay, ring modulation, distortion, etc.
  • Memory - 512 Preset, 128 User patches; 64 Preset, 32 User performances; 8 Preset, 2 User Drumkits
  • Keyboard - 76 semi-weighted keys (responds to velocity and aftertouch)
  • Control - MIDI (16-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1996
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