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
March 12, 2014 @ 11:17 pm
Lame built in samples but the expansion cards brought it to life and the sequencer is arguably the best sequencer to date on any workstation. I midied it to a Yamaha Motif rack and made some amazing music by layering sounds. Currently trying to purchase another one because I don't use software to record. I'm still using old school digital recorders like the VS1880
Mr. Hoffman
January 31, 2014 @ 9:47 pm
What a Handsome Synth. Worksation the XP-80 truly is..I have never owned on, the closet I did get to one that may compare, and pale in comparison is an Alesis QS7..The 64 polyphony, the 16MB of Rom-Wave, the 76 Keys, all the same in and hook up's as the mighty Roland XP-80, but the Xp-80 has an onboard sequencer and of course the incomparable Roland Sample/sound quality..I do envy you Folks who may had been Fortunate enough an XP-80 when they were still new in the Scheme of things..
September 4, 2013 @ 9:41 pm
In 1997, I bought an XP-80 and maxed it out with the Vintage Synths, Keyboards of the 60s/70s, Orchestral, and World modules. It replaced a Roland JX-8P and four Proteus modules. The Proteus modules had better-quality sounds, but the XP-80 did more. In a mix, the sounds were fine. For recording, I now use Logic Pro X with a Roland A90-EX that I bought in 1998, but I can't bear to part with my XP-80. Its market value isn't high enough to tempt me for the cash, and if I someday do any casual gigging or playing with friends outside of my house, it would be perfect.
Ysua Chaplas
August 22, 2013 @ 1:55 pm
Hi folks,

does somebody have good sounds for my XP80? I am looking for techno, trance, house etc patches.
Please contact me:

Greetings from Berlin.

PS: You can't live without an XP/JV. I bought my JV1080 in 1996 and sold it in 2000. In 2004 I got a XP50 which died a couple of years ago. I found my XP80 (+ vintage synth exp.) in 2012. I am happy again... Great synth!
July 22, 2013 @ 2:24 am
Citizen you're a clueless idiot.
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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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