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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Al Reed a professional user from USA writes:
My opinion on the XP-10 is that for the price it's a good synth. It's great to learn on and even though there aren't a whole lot of really great sounds on it and it doesn't have a lot of polyphony it's at least something to learn off of. I wouldn't recomend that anyone get this keyboard if they wanted really great sounds. It's a good synth to learn the basics on though and it's a good synth practice making music within limitations and if you work with it long enough you can squeeze some alright sounds out of it. Don't look at it as a permanent keyboard though it's too limited to be useful and when you make any real money you will sell it the first chance you get. If you get this keyboard and can make it sound half way decent ,which can be done, you can make a great sounding synth sound phenomenal. A real musician can make music with trash cans ,but at some point it might be wise to go out and get a real instrument.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-14-2001 at 16:43
Linus Enstrom a part-time user from Sweden writes:
I think many of the reviews here are based on lack of facts. most of the people that tries the XP-10 only tries the GM sounds. They don't know that you can select GS sounds, which are better than GM, and the XP original sounds, which in many cases sounds wonderful.

However, this synth is not the best on the market, of course, but concidering that it's been my best friend for one year, and that i've composed four hours of music with it, it can't be that bad. Overall I am very happy with it.

The user interface is somewhat crappy, and not very logical, and the manual is not the best ever either. The sounds are ok, not the greatest, but ok. I love to play on it, it has a nice touch response, and i think the keys are ok. It's the best synth I've heard for that price.

Well, i'm of to listen to the JV-1010, which is said to be an excellent complement to the XP-10.

take care =)

// Linus

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-07-2001 at 08:46
David Martínez a hobbyist user from Spain writes:
The XP-10 is quite a good idea: professional-quality sound for an entry-level budget. The sounds are good in average (and some acoustic ones, especially guitars, are superb). The owner can be proud of it, because he really has roland-quality sounds on it. Nevertheless, the synth has got some flaws (but most of them only reveal that it is a cheap and entry-level machine, so they couldn't really be called flaws): The keys aren't of a much high quality; all the machine itself is quite "plasticous" and cheapish in its construction; and the screen is tiny and it hasn't a backlit. But overall is a very good synth: good and professional sound (although limited effects section and editing capabilities), an interesting arpeggiator, much memory space for storing edited sounds, real-time sliders, and so on. Very good value for money.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-05-2001 at 18:18
Ed Scappaticcio a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I just recently purchased an XP-10 and, so far, Im happy with it. Makes me wonder what an XP-50 or 80 will do. This is my first synth and it came without any manual. I really do need a manual! So if anyone can hook me up, Id appreciate it. But this instrument is great even without it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-19-2000 at 13:23
Euan Kirkhope a hobbyist user from Scotland writes:
My Xp-10 has served me very well. It is an excellant tool for creativity. Far more than the Yamaha Mu100r can be. It has fat, full, rich patches compared to the yamaha patches which are traditionally thin and "awaiting tweaking". The Roland patches come ready for use. The XP-10 has some poweful functions only available through sys-ex. This is a shame. Echo and delay, phase, and some good high pass filter like flanges can be acheived, not transferable to my ever powerful Yamaha MU100r with its incredible effects DSP.

Although there is little to edit, the range editable functions will travel makes up for its shortcomings. Where the low-filter will only rise to +16. If you use NPN you can force it all the way to +64! I've only been able to recreate it consistantly in one midi, but it always works :) Pads can become fast sharp hits, with a totally different feel. I can not emulate this on my yamaha. The saw patches are perfect. I have then sampled in my PC in case something bad happens to my xp-10!

On the technical side, unfortunately my xp-10 is one of the earlier ones (without the LCD backlight). The edit system tends to hang the midi momentarily, and sometimes drop out sounds when you are exiting an edit of a patch. Similarily the variation sliders will only map to one channel. If you change the channel to edit/change another sound incoming data to those sliders will be remaped to the new channel! To get round this you have to use NPN and its a bit tedious. Also if filter settings are setup at the start of a midi track and you change channel, other channels will lose there filter settings. Typically on playback I try not to change the channel. I've also seen the XP-10 crash a couple of times (in 4 years). And now my modulation and pitch bend don't work. :( Maybe I'll get it fixed.

With love, to my XP-10 XXXX

PS Channel = part!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-05-2000 at 00:10
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