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
July 12, 2013 @ 8:30 am
Citizen doesn't evn own this thing if he's making comments like that. The JV/XP/XV series is commended as one of the best wavesets ever made by Roland, and was used well into the Fantom line. Yes, some expansion cards make this a bit more fun, but this is a JV2080 with a keyboard (the XP50 was a 1080). Great, warm and fat synth sounds, the best pipe organ I've EVER heard synthesized, and pound for pound the best steal in a workstation today. The XV/XP/JV series remain one of the most heavily traded lines on ebay, for a reason. Great piece of kit.
May 11, 2013 @ 7:47 pm
This XP 80 (along with XP-50 and XP-60) has the same wave generator that contains second class waves - a cunning thing, devised to make you buy expansion cards. Those internal waveforms are laughable. Orchestral sounds are unusable, except for a couple of strings, while most synth sounds are variations of one and the same synthy string waveform which lacks in definition and is very mediocre at best. Than, the lack of effect units means that in combi mode, you don't get the sound you hear in the program mode - a heavy price of having only three overall effects, as well as few worthy waveforms.
May 8, 2013 @ 3:57 pm
First the good. Some great sounds, especially drums [once you program your own sets] and a rich synthesis. Solid build, good interface options & a nice keyboard with some good hardware controls.
The bad. The interface is confusing and downright unforgiving. When editing sounds, as you move in&out of menus, the *very buttons* you must use to edit the sound swap to program change buttons. Push one then & lose all of your precious edit in an instant. Was there any excuse for omitting "recall"? I cannot count the times I wanted to hurl it through the window.
I want so hard to love this synth.
bradley Linemihler
December 8, 2012 @ 5:24 pm
Hi this instrument is very easy to hook up to cakewalk...
checkout my xp80 youtube channel
November 29, 2012 @ 7:23 pm
@fad, I've dealt with Syntaur on several occasions when repairing my own boards. Very good people, quite honest, and they'll do their very best to come up with keys for obscure synths. They are in San Antonio but will ship anywhere in the US (and presumably overseas). Feel free to write me at if you need further comment.
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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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