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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Livegigger a professional user from Germany writes:
Just have to praise my 7 years old XP-80 even more (as a live-gigging tool) after trying out the new Fantom-X, Motif ES, Triton Extremes... I`ve been playing live for about 20 years... my XP-80 is the best investment I`ve done as a musician in the last 10 years !!!

As a reviewer stated earlier - the CP-80 shines through (sonically) any "medium class" to "high-end class" P.A. system when playing live... I`ve done club gigs with this axe and also played bigger stages (5000 People) - the XP-80 always sounded great !!!

Just a hint: If you`re getting one of this babys, don`t ever sell them - and you MUST get the session Expansion & at least the 60`s & 70`s Expansion to get those great Keyboard Sounds !!!

I`ll NEVER sell my XP-80 (expanded with Session, 60&70`s, Orchestral1 & Vintage Expansions)...

Why are there no more comparable live-keyboards made in these days (like the "old" XP-80) ????

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-12-2005 at 07:19
Patrick J a professional user from Florida, USA writes:
My XP-80 has been a great keyboard for almost 5 years. My band plays 8 months out of the year, and we don't play the same venue two nights in a row, so there's a lot of setting up and tearing down, packing into a trailer, bouncing around, etc. Many of our gigs are outdoors in Florida heat and humidity, and I never had a problem with it...

Until now.

I was relieved (?) to see that others are beginning to report the random pitch bend problem. Dominic from Australia described it best: INCREDIBLY EMBARRASSING.

It first happened in rehearsal last season, but never happened out. Then this year, it was happening at almost every rehearsal. I took it home, plugged it in and ran it hard for 5 days. Never repeated the problem.

On day 6, I went to a gig, and immediately had this automatic pitch bend problem again. It would not go away. It occured to me that the only thing different during my home test was the dedicated electrical circuit. I asked engineering at the hotel to run me a clean, dedicated power line (we were running the whole band, a DJ and A/V off of 2 20-amp circuits). The dedicated line immediately cleared up the problem, and it was good all night. So, I MIGHT be on to something here.

This morning, I ran out to Radio Shack and got a high-quality UPS, with built-in voltage regulator. I'll use it at tonight's gig and report back later this week.

Since for all the previous years, in all the places we've played, I had not had this problem, I am still convinced that there is a problem inside the keyboard as well, and that it is suddenly sensitive to dips in voltage for some reason. My guess (and the guy at Radio Shack agrees) is that the built-in power adapter may be going. With all the use over the years, it may just be losing it's ability to keep constant DC current running to the processors if the AC voltage drops to, say, 105.

If my UPS does the trick for the next few gigs and rehearsals, my next step will be to replace the internal adapter. I will keep you all up to date.


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-09-2005 at 13:44
Menno de Boer a professional user from Kenya writes:
I posted a review on the XP80 about four years ago under the name Ben Meynders. I recently bought a Fantom X7 and I would now like to praise the XP80 even more. It's one of those RARE keyboards where they accidentally get almost everything right. Because of the neutral sound it will probably never attain "classic" status, but it really is the best all-round keyboard ever made (and I have compared it to your Tritons, Motifs and Kurzweils). As a workstation, the Fantom X7 is phenomenal (lots of RAM, audio-recording, sampling etc.), but as an instrument it doesn't even come close. Fortunately, I still own the XP80 (though it's on another continent) and I'm gonna buy a second one just in case... Let's hope Roland will figure it out, and release an XP90 with the XV5080 sound engine, USB2.0 connectivity (and please make the implementation better than on the Fantom), plenty of user memory etc.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-06-2005 at 03:01
Dominic a part-time user from Australia writes:
I've been using my Roland XP80 for about four years. In the last year, it annoyingly shifted pitch (about 1/2 to 1 semitones up or down) in both performance or patch modes, this happens only sometimes. It was usu preceded by some strange Chorus or Flange like effect sound as soon as my sustain pedal was pressed. Once the pitch is shifted, it then stays in this "bad mood" for the next ?whatever songs. Sometimes the problem last the whole gig and the pitch kept on shifting up and down. INCREDIBLY EMBARRASING during performing live. I brought it to Roland service, no problems found. I changed new sustain pedals, still it recurring. I will certainly have to change my xp80 if this problem cannot be fixed. Please, anyone can help.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-10-2005 at 07:47
benjamin bear a professional user from Walnut USA writes:
I've had this thing ever since it came out way back in 1996, and I still hear songs that use it! This keyboard is quite famous, one appears in Coyote Ugly, as well as in Hanson's "Mmm-Bop" video (though, I wouldn't be proud of that one...). I use the sequencer exclusively to record my music, the trick is to set the RPS settings to "measure," and you're in business! Otherwise, you may have problems getting the patterns to mesh well. The other way to do it is to copy the patterns to their respective tracks manually, but who wants to sit around and do that?

As for reliability, this thing (as with most Roland products) is built like a steel door...I've done things to this that would make most keyboards break with just one. Here's just a sample:

slid down a flight of stairs

spilled orange juice into the keys ^_-

left it outside during a summer night where water condensed on it

smacked it into countless things

got a piece of metal stuck in the floppy drive

slid it off the rear seat of a ford bronco onto the floor (this broke three keys).

I'd like to see another keyboard surivive that...

I originally was going to buy a Korg Triton, but decided on the Roland because the piano sounded better. I don't regret that decision.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-12-2004 at 02:09
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