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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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A great synth. The spec is complete. The XP50 is a better bet if you want only a synth. But as a workstation the 80 is fantastic. lovely Roland s&s sounds...millions of them everywhere. S&S stuff is out of favour at the moment and these things are selling cheap.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-29-2003 at 13:57
Aziraphal a part-time user from Slovenia writes:
Maarten, aaron: it could be a bender calibration problem. The XP can be run in diagnostic mode where you can calibrate it, the instructions are hiding somewhere on the Net. If you can't find them, contact me :)

Well what can I say... if someone demanded: Your XP-80 or your life!! ... I'd have to think it over, hard!!

The beauty is in the programmability depth of this baby... Show me another sample-playback workstation where you can program true PWM with just a little in-depth knowledge... I've done it, and programmed patches that the pro's swore were coming out of an analog synth. Most sounds are amazing (default drums a bit weak tho...) if you don't like a particular patch, you can always tweak it to your liking in a matter of minutes. The tweakability factor is spoken for by literally tens of thousands of user patches available on the Net ... the one serious bug is MIDI timing inconsistency when the polyphony is pushed hard (that was improved but not quite fixed)... so if you're using a single unit to write symphonies, multiple takes and external mixing is a must!

So, as many a Roland product... it requires some patience...but responds with love :))

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-29-2003 at 02:15
Maarten from Belgium writes:
hi there,

I had the same problem, but had it for more then a year before I really know what was happening, because the thing had it's moments. One moment, at home everynthing is perfect, but everytime I went performing it started to freak out. But recently I found out that the pitchbender is broke, by looking in the event list. Aha. The first thing I did then was in my user presets switching all the pitchbend influence off. Right know it's still like this, so a can't really use my pitchbender, but when I have some free time, I will have it repaired at the roland schop.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-30-2003 at 04:29
aaron a hobbyist user from USA writes:
HI,I have a Xp80 for over 3 yrs. It sounds great and i LOVE it. But i had a problem recently,when i connected it to sequencer ( Logic Platinum), I can see from the event list that the pitch bend msg keep running although i didn't touch the pitch bend at all. And i can hear that the keyboard is not in pitch (it keep changing, sometimes is a semitones different and sometimes is a quarter tone difference and etc). And ir's really irritating because i'm a performer too and when sometimes i brought it for a performance, it runs out of pitch suddenly during performance and it's very embarassing. Can any one help??THANK YOU>

posted Tuesday-Jan-07-2003 at 09:24
Victor M. a part-time user from Venezuela writes:
Well I have the xp 80 since 4 years ago and man it never fails a move! it is Amazing!!! thank you Roland thank! que clase de teclado ! the electric pianos are very good if you like good things get it! Pruevelo es GENIAL!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-09-2002 at 01:43
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