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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Kevin a professional user from USA writes:
Ilove my XP80...especially with the vintage synth board amd the keyboards of the 60's and 70's board installed. Oberheim ...prophet 10....expanders...filters open with control sliders....I like it better than any JP8000 and there's fatter layers with lots of oscillation movement...save yourself some money...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-01-1999 at 10:19
Troy a part-timer user from U.S.A. writes:
This synthesizer is amazing... Well made with a black textured "cold-rolled-steal" body and a very sleek design... I have my XP80 loaded with 4 expansions boards including: "Dance" (which Roland went to court over for illegal sampling of copy righted songs) ask "Duran Duran" about it..."Experience II" (which is a compilation of the first nine boards excluding "DANCE") And because I love classic sounds, I had to get "Vintage Synths" and "Keyboards of the 60's and 70's"... I'm eventually gonna figure out that sequencer some day... The XP80 is about the best you can get for the price... I saw that Roland uses high tech writers for their manuals... The manuals are almost as dry as the Navy Tech manuals I used to read when I was enlisted...

The Synth. gets 5 STARS ***** :) The Manual gets 2 STARS **

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-09-1999 at 18:38
Christopher Lee a professional user from US writes:
I always wanted one synth that could do it all. The XP80 comes pretty close! Load it up with the Orchestral board, Bass/Drums, Keyboards of the 60s and 70s, and the Sessions board and you have enough sounds to cover yourself in any live performing situation. The orchestral board is extremely useful in musical theatre gigs. This is one powerful synth and the possibilities are endless (just keep changing boards - the World board and Vintage Synth are also quite impressive) If I had to choose just one of my synths to take with me, this would be it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-03-1999 at 00:47
JR Chandler a part-timer user from USA writes:
The XP-80 is a powerful device. I've had mine for well over a year and still get amazed by what it can do. There are more expensive keyboards, some with a few superior patches, but for the money this provides a big bang.

This is especially true if you are wanting to use your workstation to do sequencing.

It might take a couple of weeks with the keyboard to come to understand the patch editing, sequencing, & general layout of the device. Once mastered, it is an excellent machine.

Positive Attributes:

*Loaded with a great variety of sounds and can be upgraded with the Roland expansion cards. *Can save all sequnced song settings to a floppy disk. *You can run sequenced songs off of a floppy disk with ease. It provides a chain play for a use in a live set (very cool) that can run off of the floppy or load into the inernal memory. *It has a great arpeggiator and most of the effects are pretty good.

I don't mean to say it is perfect, it is not by any means.

Some of the drum sets are not as good as I would like. The electronic kits are great, but if you are wanting a more live drum kit sound, get the drum & bass expansion card.

I wish that I could purchase an expansion that would have 4 stereo or 8 mono RCA outs. It would be cool if it had a Zip drive. I wish that it had dedicated tone & filter controls similar to the MC-505 on the face. It would be great if it could also have a SCSI in/out and provide basic on board sampling. I wish that you could finish all of the production on a keyboard and save the results as a single stereo wav file. I would like Roland to make a PC/Mac version of their sequencer software.

I look forward to the next generation of this machine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-18-1999 at 08:44
Woody Tobias jr. from USA writes:
Ooooh...I forgot a few things in that last message.

The manual is not as bad as everyone says. Granted, it's dry as the Mojave desert, but not too confusing. Especially if you're a veteran of synth manuals. I found there were times when I had to re-read a paragraph to pick up the full meaning. But, at least the info is there.

The sequencer won't win any awards for being easy to use. I'm sure once you master it, it will do everything you want. But, it's not really conducive to quickly and spontaneously banging out wild stuff. At least it hasn't been for me. I've had dreams of being able to pull out the sequncer ROM and replacing with some Roger Linn upgrade chip...ha ha, a synth geek can dream can't he?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-10-1999 at 23:34
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