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cool - Reviews Roland XV-2020

XV-2020: Module 64-voice polyphonic
(Conforms to General MIDI 2 System)

Parties: 16
Maximum Polyphony: 64 voices
Waveform memory: 64 MB (equivalent to 16-bit linear)
Waveforms: 1083
Extensions: Expansion cards sounds SRX Series: 2 slots

Memory presets:
Patches: 512 (128 x 4 banks) + 256 (Patches General MIDI 2)
Drum Kits (Rhythm Sets): 8 (4 x 2 banks) + 9 (General MIDI drum kit 2)
Performance: 64 (32 x 2 banks)

User memory
Patches: 128
Drum Kits (Rhythm Sets): 4
Performances: 64
Effects
Multi-Effects: 40
Chorus: 1
Reverb: 1 (8 types)

Display
7 segments, 3 characters (LED)

Taken
Headset Jack: Jack stereo 1/4 "
USB connector
Outputs (L (MONO), R) (stereo 1/4 ")
Outputs (L, R) (RCA / Cinch)
MIDI connectors (IN, OUT, THRU)
DC IN jack
Terminal grounded

Supply
DC 9 V (adapter)
Consumption
600 mA

Dimensions
218 (L) x 237 (D) x 45 (H) mm
8-5/8 (W) x 9-3/8 (D) x 1-13/16 (H) inches
Weight
1.4 kg / 3 lbs 2 oz (without adapter)

Accessories
Instructions
AC adapter (ACI-120C/ACI-230C/PSB-1U)
CD-ROM (XV Editor, USB driver)
Rubber feet

Options
Expansion card waveforms: SRX Series
Rack adapter RAD-50

UTILIZATION

Super easy to use, the manual is very clear.
The screen is a bit small, but it shows only the numbers corresponding to the sounds used.
Editing sounds is super hard on the device, but it can be done through a supplied software and a USB connection. For a geek I think the software is not bad and is quite full, on the other hand for a beginner like me it is complicated and it is FEAR.

SOUNDS

The sounds are pretty cool, the quality is there.
I love these sounds!

OVERALL OPINION

I used it for 3 months with a keyboard M-Audio Keystation.
I had never used before expander. An expander for me it did not work alone with a master keyboard.
So I can not compare with other expanders.

The cool side with respect to a synthesizer or piano while a is that I can change the keyboard.
The cool side compared to my PREVIOUS solution (PC + software + computer music master keyboard) is that it is lighter to carry, more reliable and easier to access.

It gave me, so I can not really judge the quality / price ratio, but I could spend € 150/200. At the same time I am not a number: I do not know what is being done now and at what price.