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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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evelyn perez a part-time user from philippines writes:
I overcome this problem already

A simple glue gun answer this problem

lame sounds?????

it depends on your preference,i love this keyboard very much...it suffice all my need sounds!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-08-2007 at 18:45
Andvari a part-time user from SPK writes:
I bought the Xp-80 in good condition. I was really excited since I found all over the net great reviews.Still, as of today I can't say it's a great synth like I read in past reviews. Quite frankly I feel it's a solid 8 if not a 7 and the only reason I haven't sold it is bacause i've made a couple of great songs with it. But even so, I think the XP has more CONS than PROS. Don't get me wrong, I think the pros are stronger points, only that the cons, for me are more in quantity. I guess the first problem I notinced with the XP (as some other use mentioned earlier) is that indeed it sounds old. Actually it sounds like what it really is: An over-resurrected synth from the 80's that made it's way up with todays top competitors. Some may like the presets that come with the synth, but not me. As a matter of fact I didn't use the synth much until I got the expansion cards. I could go on and on why I am so unsatisfied with the sounds but to make things short I guess that my biggest dissapointment were the pianos. As a matter of fact, even with the expansion boards I own, I haven't stumbled with a good piano sound that doesn't sound like you are ringing a lousy bell when you play the keys harder. One thing I love about the XP is that you have a great liberty on modifying sounds except that you have to go through endless pages of factors that will instantly make you lose sense on where the hell you are. I'm not a sound engineer or anything, but I know the basic stuff and still The Xp-80 makes sound editing so frustrating you'll end up using it's lame presets. Expansion boards are a good option but most of them have like 20 great sounds and the rest are either variations of those or lame sounds you could have made by editing presets. For me the biggest and most frustrating setback in the XP-80 is how the synth includes other sounds in it's sessions. I usually make songs with more than 10 instruments and I must tell you, it's so hard to make all the patches sound in harmony with each other! Naturally you have control of volume, pan and effects but even so, you can spend hours trying to make the song sound well recorded that composing it. The hardware is not flawless either. Recently I lost an amazing sound I created because the Xp disk drive scratched my diskette, making me lose a lot of songs recorded (by the way did I mention the LOUSY, LOUSY LACK OF SUPPORT FROM ROLAND?). Also, I found myself having the same problem as other users: the weights of the keys are glued and after some time they fall off and make the keys stick with each other and the weights fall off. That said, As a workstation, it works swiftly and smoothy...it's easy to record and re-record different channels and songs. The editing is also a good point except that you have to press a lot of buttons to give a simple command (but hey, which synth doesn't need to?) If you're a beginner, don't rely on the manual but rather experiment with it and get tips from other users, also there's a video you can get on the net that makes thing clearer..of course, that is if you decide to buy the xp. In conclusion, the xp is agood choice if you play in a wedding band, if you are an academic virtuoso that doesn't care much about the sounds or you want a good synth to play music live or to practice, the Xp is agood option. but if you are looking for great realistic sounds a decent piano and more detailed composing, the xp-80 might do the work but it will give you several headaches..headaches you shouldn't have after spending good money on a so-called awesome synth.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-05-2007 at 05:26
G. Feldner a professional user from USA writes:
I still have this keyboard in my rental stock, but I've had one HUGE problem with it recently. I had it out on a gig and the Keyboard player told me he had some stuck keys. I took out my leatherman and stuck it between the keys to see what it was, some kind of clear sticky substance. I initially thought someone spilled a soda in it and didn't say anything.

But no, it turns out the keyboard weights on the XP-80 are glued to the bottom of the key. For some reason, the glue lost its integrity and the keyboard weights fell out, with the glue, and stuck up the keyboard. Really messy problem.

Otherwise it is still being requested, as are some other artifacts from the 90's, some because they are all that, (here is where I get edited ; )) but mostly because I believe MOST keyboard players are too limited in looking into other technologies available to them. The last thing they want to do is figure out where a patch is on another synth. I honestly believe this comfortable familiarity drives some keyboard lines, and it's a mystery to me when a manufacturer changes it's own patch structure or layout, they are setting themselves up for disgruntled complaints from their users.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-12-2007 at 15:01
Jan a part-time user from Poland writes:
Nothing special today. It's 10 years old! Sounds except strings are lame. Well, they are not so lame that you can't use it os stage or in the studio, but you can really hear the age of XP-80.

LCD is the best I ever had. XP80 dose not weight to much and making new performances is a pleasure, so it's great on stage. I really sold my XP-80 just because a changed the gear to XV-88. The reason was sound.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-12-2006 at 06:29
Jim Modri a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I'm thinking of buying a used Roland XP-80 on Ebay; it doesn't come with an owner's manual,would any-one care to comment on weather it's a must have, or could I learn as I go without a manual. I'm an amature and never owned a Roland keyboard before.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-07-2006 at 14:03
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