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Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Mikael Andersson a 0 user from Sweden writes:
Sorry I pushed the wrong button.

It got a mark 3 but I ment mark 4

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
Claes Johanson a hobbyist user from sweden writes:
The XP-10 is my first synth since i only had an old crappy Yamaha keyboard before. Ill describe the sounds first so youll know about that, The regular 128 GM sounds sounds just like the soundcanvas(everyone know how one sounds dont u?), and all the GS sounds and drumsets sounds like a SC-55.(who said that this was something bad?) But. the sounds not included in GS, is GREAT!! There are many excellent analog synth sounds, some great Guitar sounds , excellent drums, nice organs and more. Many of these sound come from the JV-1080 and its expansion cards,at least i think so because the sound very similar. Its very light, weights 5 KG and very easy to use when your used to it. The display isnt backlit. I wouldn´t call it buggy since i only managed to hang it once, and ive had it for almost a year now. However one of its weakest points is that patch editing is limited to changing the already excisting sounds by changing 8 paramters (filter/envelope/vibrato). In performance mode you have all the things you would excpect from a good synth.The X-DUal feature is nice and The Arpeggiator is very useful. And there is also another great feature i think is the main reason why anybody by this synth, no it isnt 256-tone polyfony, it isnt 32-bit sample quality, it hasnt got a 96-key keyboard.

None of these is true , but it has got an affordable price.

Its a damn good synth for this price and i warmly recommend it unless you need more advanced patch editing or a more powerful synth.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
Tom Millar a part time user from USA writes:
This axe really stands out in its own right as the only member of the XP family (and thus featuring a lot of Roland's new XP series sounds) that doesn't make you pay for a built-in sequencer and all that other workstation crap.

The ONLY complaint I have about this synth is that it doesn't have a data wheel, just two value buttons, so if you spend a lot of time editing patches and performance settings, you end up with sore fingertips (like me).

The biggest advantage this thing has over so much of the competition is the flexibility of the controls. The ability to do filter sweeps and apply LFOs to drum kits just blows me away. Watch all those analog purists drool when you sweep the filter on a pumping 909 sequence!

This puppy WILL damage speakers, however, if used incautiously in this fashion. The basses, esp. SH101 &amp; TB303 samples, are great.

The filters are sweet, as a friend of mind described them. Perhaps one of the most interesting control features, speaking of filters, is the ability to induce random splutterings during a perfomance by setting the modulation lever to &quot;random resonance-cutoff&quot; which just applies a bunch of random values to the filter whenever your finger twitches on the mod stick.

The arpeggiator is fun but not super-useful. Some patterns might be very handy for doing shimmering-ambient-trancey background parts I suppose.

What with the price, I wonder why everybody doesn't have one of these.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
Joel a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I'm a high school student who's been interested in electronic music for quite

some time. After awhile, I had an urge to compose my own. I wanted a

synthesizer that was cheap and versatile, and with my XP-10, I

couldn't have been more pleased. (I am speaking of course, in the given price

range) My screen DID have a backlight -- probably something Roland later

installed. It's got every sound I could possibly want, and the &quot;acoustic&quot;

sounds are incredible. Using features like dual and x dual, I was able to

create sounds that sound strikinly analog. The arpeggiator is customizable,

versatile and sounds excellent.

With just my xp-10 and a four track mixer, I've been able to make some rather

impressive stuff.

If you don't want to spend too much, and want something with a broad range of

features that's easy to use, the XP-10 is the way to go.

The only problems I find are that the sliders are small the keys are noisy, and

The MOD lever is kind of cheap. They just don't feel as solid as say -- the

korg X5, but features like the arpeggiator and that &quot;fat&quot; roland sound more

than make up for its faults.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
Todd Quesada a part time user from U.S.A. writes:
After playing only organs and pianos for years, this was the synthesizer I started out with, and now I swear by it in a live situation. What makes this keyboard excellent is the price and it's sonic versatlilty; the patches cover almost any type of instrument and reproduces them at least decently. It's also excellent for real time performance; i.e. X-dual, the cutoff and resonance sliders, awesome arpeggiator, etc... If your looking to create your own patches like you would on, say, a Jupiter 6, this is not the place to look. Patch editing is severely limited and the few parameters it has are complicated to access and save; I don't hold this against it though; this keyboard was obviously not designed for that function, it's really more for playing presets in a live performance, which it excels at. What I do hold against it is the non-lit display, and the flimsy construction; everytime I take it to a gig, I feel like I have to treat it as though it were constructed of balsa wood. Yet these limitations are really insignificant compared to what it can do. And additionally, being the owner of two analog synths, I can safely say that for a purely digital keyboard, it can be made to sound pretty damn analog with just a little tweaking of the sliders (try the LFO and cheese Saw patches). Overall, a

great value

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