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Roland XP-80

Digital Synthfrom the Roland XP series

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Vintage anyone?

By JimboSpins, 09/12/2012
The Roland XP-80 was one of the main keyboards that Roland produced when it came out. It has 3 effect processors with over 40 different effects. Most of the main effects that liked were distortion, reverb, and ring modulation. You can use this keyboard as a MIDI controller too. This keyboard is great for electro music, dance, and even some techno. It has a built in arp that you can do wonders with, I loved working with the arp and effects; I was able to get some really cool sounds. There are over 500 presets on the XP-80 right out of the box.


The keys are velocity sensitive on the XP-80; they feel well made and will hold up for a long time. Most of these units that are still being sold online still look great even though they were made over 10 years ago. You can save up to 128 user patches and 2 drumkits on this keyboard.


The XP-80 has 64 voices polyphony and 4 oscillators per voice. It has over 100 patterns are loaded that you can use to play along with. All of your sounds are easy to go through and can be manipulated quickly and easily. This keyboard has great sounds that will fit many different styles of music. Using this synth is simple as well, it does not take along to figure it out and start using it like a pro.


All of the sounds are pretty realistic, there are a few that make you kind of scratch your head and wonder who really would use it. But with some effects and patience you can pretty much use any sound to your advantage. I have always loved getting vintage keyboards because they still have great potential and you can get them for a great price; a price that people would have loved to get them for when they first came out.

Workstation 90's but still very usable.

By Will75*, 27/05/2012
Everything has been said about the characteristics.


Once grasped the concept of tone / patch / performance, and understood that the recording project was via the method performance in "single", so good.
Editing sounds is really complete. Not easy but thorough, and actually quite well thought out.
The sequencer from the MC80 is really well designed. When it comes to go to other brands, we regret it one bit. Ability to edit each parameter (velocity, note length), track (eg I can reduce the velocity of 10 points on grades between F3 and C4. The beach can be reduced to a single note. Can be traced all notes from one track to another channel, duplicate etc.. Quantification quite effective.
The pattern mode allows for very fast loops and recording step is very ergonomic: selection of the duration of notes and insert silence via the keypad (similar to what will Sibelius). All this is fairly intuitive once we spent a few hours dessus.Architecture very full of what remains the highlight of the XP80. The internal resolution might be more accurate, but this is a very intuitive tool.
Four pedal jacks, two pairs of outputs, an output click, there's something to do ...
Effects correct, but it is not to die either.


Sounds pretty general, not bad for its time, but they may lack a little extra something. From the JV1080, but the converters and the effects are they the same?
The pianos are very typical, the synth sounds (especially the bass) are very good (lots of samples juno, jupiter in the box. The strings are frankly excellent. Mixed to have achieved true great textures.
on the other hand I think there are a lot of aliasing occurrence of unwanted harmonics (this means a great deal about the extinction of sound) on some programs that can get pretty nasty when superimposed.
Many expansion cards, which are not quite the same tone and (perhaps self-suggestion), however I see a tiny lag between the sounds (including drums) SR-JV cards and those of the internal memory. Psychological?


I use it since 1998. I did not try before you buy it, but I wanted this sequencer, which made me innumerable (countless) services. (And that makes me even for that matter).
I wish I had sound out of this world, but coming from a Yamaha PSS51 (I had my XP for 15 years), it was a notable advance.
With hindsight, it is the sounds that I like least, but a few need to know magnify.
For the time it was a very good machine, which lacked only the sampling. I spent days on it, and I copy the songs disks starting to age (very badly to my great regret).

At the price where it is found used, I think this is a good choice for projects entirely inside the machine or so for the live (many metalheads have used this keyboard, especially for the strings I guess). Otherwise, choose a computer with plug-ins. Less intuitive, but it will sound better.


OdysseyV's review

By OdysseyV, 30/12/2009
76 note synth ... ideal on stage, solid and indestructible as a bmw Brief fun ... live with other members of groups ...

With regard to the sound foundation you already have a lot, added the extension cards which cost nothing at all OCCAZ ...

My keyboard is covered with stickers for rellooking pretty cool ...


For stage, studio, the sounds are not clear enough ...

Super tope rehearsal studio, weight is a handicap cons ...

When you have the well in hand, switch between his al another child becomes a game plus you can add pedals for live.

If you are just avoided because the pianist has touched the piano sounds on this instrument are average.

I played with a lot of metal band he was impressed by the overall quality of the synth.


The sounds are sampled but not good enough for the time it was on top ... the new synth is better quality sound.


Super I never resell, I've had against the glue that becomes keys and ensures that s true ...

FP User's review

By FP User, 31/10/2008
There are an abundant of features that are tweakable and fun to manipulate.



It's a Roland. There instruction manual sucks. Bought the video, the rest was cake.

Haven't gigged it, but wouldn't hesitate to take it to one. Built solid.


Sounds fanstastic!


Out of all my equipment, this is one that I would definitely keep.

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Roland XP-80 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Roland
  • Model:XP-80
  • Series:XP
  • Category:Digital Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/09/2004

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