Synth Site: Roland: XP-80: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Woody Tobias, jr. a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I LOVELOVELOVE the XP-80. It's a timeless classic. Even though everyone's drooling over bloated stuff like the Triton and the EX5, the XP holds up quite nicely.

This is a synth that will live on for a long time. I know I'm never getting rid of mine despite whatever new-fangled ultra-super-duper-everything-in-one-box synth comes out.

When you get right down to it, the XP and a maybe a couple choice rack synths can provide everything you'll ever need to be infinitely creative.

It does have it's own personality. Maybe you'd call it a "Roland" sound. But it's nice and punchy. You can make wild, freaky sounds with it, plus it gives you all the bread and butter sounds you can eat.

There's a stunning amount of free patches and editors available for it on the web. That alone should be a huge swaying factor when it comes to picking a synth to buy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-10-1999 at 23:17
Great Guy a professional user from Brazil writes:
Believe or not, XP-80 was and is my first keyboard. Í'm playing it using some Techno samples in a great punk/hardcore band here in Rio,and the results are fantastic. I have this keyboard since '96 and i think i'll never change it for another.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-07-1998 at 22:48
Jörgen a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
This workstation is A KILLER!!!!!! Xp-80 has so great sounds... I have used my workstation about 2 weeks now... I realise now that i cant live withuot it... Nice manual... 246 pages as you may see i´m from sweden so i am not so good at english... I have done a few songs already... The xp- 80 is the best synth i have ever used!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
DJ DANO a hobbyist user from San Diego writes:
The notes here are wrong; there are actually four audio outs. I turn them into four mono outs for playing with different effects. What's really cool are the four sliders for controling program parameters and tweeking sounds in real time. It sends MIDI sysex info and you can record your tweeking onto Cakewalk or Cubase or something. You can get some seriously cool squelching. There is a video that Roland sells that would be of good use; I need to get it. My advise? Read the manual (which I have not). Every time I sit down to read a few pages I learn so many different things. There is a lot to this synth. Don't bother with the sequencer, though. You will go nuts. The sequencer sucks. Get a PC. You can also find people selling JV1080s and try to get them to sell their expansion boards. I got the Vintage keys board for $100 that way.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
Emil Espe a hobbyist user from Norway writes:
I love it!!!! (OBS OBS!!! NORWEGIAN!!! NOT GOOD AT ENGLISH!!!) It`s a cool synth. I`ve used it for 1 month, and am very happy. BUT i have discovered a little problem! When I have recorded 4 or 5 voices, the sequencer is not OK, because the first beat in every measure is a little delayed! Specally if the instruments is playing a tone on the same time! Is it the polyphony? or the memory?? Have I done something wrong? If you know the answer mail me!! (eespe@online.no)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
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