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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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jason a part-time user from Nowhere writes:
This was my first keyboard. I bought it a seventeen years old in 1996. I sold mine but I have to say the cheap little thing has a certain character most expensive keyboards are missing. The keyboard really don't excel in anything but there are some real distinctive sounds you can use that kind of pull people into a mix. I loved the electric piano sounds, and the pads the most. The bass was dimensionless but I kind of liked that about it as well. Also some good wah wah emulations. I got an xp 50 now and the thing sounds overly bright and clean. For darker sounds I actually prefer the 10. For its cheap price this thing deserves a four. If it had better editing capabilities a five would of been more appropriate.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-17-2002 at 14:18
djlobo a hobbyist user from canada writes:
Great Sounds and OK filter. The BIG!!!! problem is the OS is unstable. If you use the arpeggiator notes will stick.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-16-2001 at 02:06
Gaylen Young a professional user from Winter Park writes:
Yeah , and I saw Shaggy live and they had 2 XP10's on stage. These are awesome synths. Do not sell less than 420 dollars. Just a fun all around synth .

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-12-2001 at 02:46
Joseph Zawinwal from USA writes:
That other reviewer is right. N*Sync does use this on tour. These are very sought after and have a high resale value. When they came out their competition was the CS1x. This a great beginners synth all the way up to a true professional synth. A lot of bands use these and there is a reason why. It's because they sound so good. The resonant filters in this are simply the best I ever heard in a digital synth. Simply amazing. When I first heard the filters I thought they were real analogue. But their not. Your ears will definitely be fooled.

The sounds in hear are so usable ,beautiful, and lush. It has a high output. The case is very cheap however but when you look at it - it looks very quality. Its only when you pick it up and and touch it that you notice it is cheap plastic. That obviously didnt matter to the keybaordists in N*sync.

If anyone saw the N*sync special on CBS in America you would see the XP-10 right out in plain view - right next to 4 88 key Tritons. Weird isn't it?

This has an arpeggiator with shuffle and groove templates.

The drum kits in the XP10 sound even better than the Roland R8 drum machine. WOW. You wont believe the kits when you hear them. They will blow your mind. You can even hear some of the same samples as used in the TR-727 as well as other drum machines.

I am keeping mine forever. I already run a studio with every synth imaginable but the XP10 is just a treat to have . Something that you can sit down and work out your tunes with.

For anyone that also wanted to know how N*sync was using the XP10 , well they used a patch with the arpeggiator as well as some guitar pacthes.

I really despise n*sync but they still are a high production band and if they use it then that means that anybody can.

Which is what the XP10 excels at - a good synth for all genres of music.

I have subtracted 1 point for the hollow plastic case. Basically it's that distinctive Roland D-50 sound buried inside of a plastic case. It doesn't bother you much once you start using it a lot, which you will for some strange reason. It is also extra light - you think it's going to be heavy to pick up but when you do it's like air.

Id someone said , would you rater have a XP-10 or an MC-303 , I would pick the XP10.

ps- dont even think about buying the Korg equivelent. That will die out eventually. The Xp10 still has a couple more decades left on it. It's like the Mercedes of budget synths.

-I hope this reveiw has been helpful for you-

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-30-2001 at 20:29
Lance Bass a part-time user from Santa Monica CA writes:
Well, not that it matters but I saw N*Sync live and the keyboardist was using an XP-10.

I couldn't believe it. They are a multi-million selling group and they use a 500 dollar keyboard.

Yep, it was right next to 3 Tritons too.

In one part he was using the arpeggiator for one of their main tracks.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-24-2001 at 06:53
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