Roland XV-5050

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Roland's XV-5050 is a 64-voice synthesizer packed with their XV-5080 synth engine in a small 1-unit rack-module. It features four stereo tones per patch, expressive Matrix Control and over a thousand inspiring presets-expandable via high-quality SRX-Series Wave Expansion Boards. There are also three independent effects processors, digital outputs, plus a USB port for easy connection to computers.

Front panel controls are at a minimum, as you might expect from such a small rack module. You can select and edit patches from the front, but this module is really at home in a computer/MIDI studio set-up. You get all of Roland's XV-5080 sounds plus a selection of sounds from the newer Fantom-X series of synthesizers. The three effects processors offer 24-bit reverb and chorus, plus 90 multi-effects including COSM Guitar Amp Modeling.

For connectivity, the XV-5050 has superb features. They include four analog outputs, 24-bit D/A converters and S/PDIF digital outputs, a front panel USB port for simplified MIDI connections with a Mac or PC (drivers included on a CD-ROM), and two SRX expansion ports for adding more sounds (up to 192 MB total) from the SRX-Series Wave Expansion Boards. Each expansion contains 64MB of new sounds and patches, and can be user-installed in seconds.

Cost effective, simple, compact, computer savvy, superior sound quality. These are the means by which the XV-5050 was designed to provide users with the sounds of Roland's flagship XV-series sound engine.

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14 Visitor comments
DC 10
May 20, 2013 @ 8:32 am
Well - I do agree with Mr. Fredricks - I am a the current owner of a Original Motif Rack, ES rack and XS6 - all the 3 are excellent and simply far superior- With that being s said, now I do have two XV-5050 racks because I like roland sounds- but would not invest my money in anything else Roland wise- the SRX-03 and 06 cards are the only ones I would buy. I use the XV-5050's as an upper and lower rack for polyphony they sound great. The XV-5080 sounds the same as the 5050. The Fantom racks were a major disappointment - Roland has not improved their sound engine over the last 20 years - Honest!
Greg Fredericks
February 21, 2013 @ 10:14 pm
I have a Roland XV-3080....same thing pretty much.....My Yamaha Motif rack (first Motif rack) is miles better.

Roland might have some sounds that are a bit better, but overall, I'll stick with my Motif rack. I could gig with only my Motif rack and nothing else.....it covers all the bases. Acoustic piano is a dream. Newer Motif racks are even better (each newer one is better) but the original Motif rack on Ebay can be had for $300 - $400....total steal !!!! 256 user sound locations....should be enough....enough for me !!!!
don
February 12, 2013 @ 10:00 pm
I have Roland XV5050 Synthesizer and im using Cubase.. i can connect it to my cubase and it works fine. if i try to save the sound from cubase to audio or wma file on desk top it wont save or even if it does save..and open it as wma.. i hear nothing playing...will be glad to hear from u.... and if anyone should read and knows how to help u can respond to me here or DONWANIE12@YAHOO.COM
Phil
November 2, 2012 @ 9:27 am
Hi hywe1. Do you have a Lionstracs Mediastation / Groove as you have Linux? Anyway I've heard Roland sounds are great. There are those that are loyal to Roland and others loyal to Korg (like with Canon and Nikon camera fans etc). I've heard that the Roland Di is really great and the price is very reasonable. Also the Roland Mobile Studio Canvas SD-50 which would be the equivalent of a new Roland XV Rack, I think, with over 1000 sounds, which I think are from the Juno/Fantom. Any advice for 2nd synth - Juno Di/SD50, Waldorf Blofeld, Korg PS60/Krome or new Yamaha MX49/61. Which 1 or 2 are best?
DC 10
October 24, 2012 @ 11:33 am
Update of my XV-5050 - after comparison with a Fantom X and Juno G (I have not compared it to a Fantom G series yet) - XV-5050 vs. Juon G - XV Piano's were better, Ep's better, drums the same, brass the same Juno G did have some better guitars and cool drum machine, for the most part strings the same, nothing really has really changed - as I thought in 6 years there would be a big difference in Roland's sound Engine technology - Sadly, a big No! Get two XV 5050's and stack them to increase polyphony - Then, get some SRX cards and you'll be set - I am an owner of a Juno G and xv-5050...
 
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Hear some XV-5050 sounds, from Future Music issue 119.

    Manual - Roland has made manuals for most of their products available as free PDF downloads.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices (16-part multitimbral)
  • Oscillators - 64MB Wave Memory (16-bit linear equivalent). 1,083 Waveforms
  • Sampler - None
  • Effects - Multi Effects (MFX) : 90 Types *Three different Multi-Effects (50 Types) can be used simultaneously in Performance Mode. Chorus: 3 Types, Reverb: 5 Types, System EQ: 2-band per each 4 outputs
  • Memory - Preset Patches: 1,024 (128 x 8 Banks) + 256 (GM2) Rhythm Sets: 16 (2 x 8 Banks) + 9 (GM2) Performances: 64 (32 x 2 Banks)
    User Patches: 128, Rhythm Sets: 4, Performances: 64
  • Keyboard - None
  • Control - MINI (In/Out/Thru), USB
  • Date Produced - 2001

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