Synth Site: Roland: XP-50: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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daffy a professional user from Australia writes:
My first keyboard (and still own it) is a D-50. Next was a XP-50. I so far love it. I never really went out to fully explore the sequencing part to it, but from what i hear it is hard. I tryed a little but gave up pretty quick. I like the standard piano and organ sounds. The brass is ok, but i MIDI it up with the D-50 and get a rich full sound. Here, I paid $2,495 for it but the rrp was $3,995 (quite steep huh!) but all keyboards here are expensive. I was thinking of getting the JV-1080, but wasn't impressed with the keys on the D-50, so I needed new key action ( real smooth on the XP ). I also wanted to sequence, so a "all-in-one" is what I needed. Im impressed (and all my friends). I also have the "TECHNO" expansion. It's OK, not the best. Expected more.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-10-1998 at 00:32
Aaron a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I like the XP-50! The new line of Roland Keyboard synths has some of the best quality sounds Ive heard so far.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:11
ChemVein a part time user from United States writes:
Once again, Roland excels in making a keyboard to end all keyboards. The presets on the XP-50 are delicious. However, I think they need to use an expansion board using all 8 megs on good piano sound. The dance board presets are wonderful and with some minor editing, they're even better. Even though the samples on the dance board are from the latter years of the rave era, they can easily be reprogrammed to be updated to newer, more current sounds. To the novice, programming can be a bit tricky. But to anyone who is familiar with programming a digital synth, it's not too bad. However, a patch editor makes the whole process very simple (fun, even). The manual? Hmmmmm. During the process of trying to decipher the manual, I've learned to speak in 18 different old-world languages (none of which are used anymore), and I think I've learned some insight to the code of Hammurabi...but it didn't help me with but one or two things regarding the keyboard. The 64-note polyphony has opened up a whole new world of sequencing possibilities for me. The action of the keys is smooth and precise. The 40 built-in effects are all great. I love being able to have chorus and reverb along with the extra effect of my choice available at all times. The expansion boards allow this keyboard to become a gigantic sound engine...and all of the sounds on the expansion boards are way above average. MIDI capabilities are quite extensive and easy to use. I love this sequencer...while it took some time to learn, I now find my way around it quite comfortably. Easy to record, easy to edit, and easy to save...what more could you ask for? But, I am a little disappointed that it only has room for 20,000 notes. Overall, most of the sounds are very realistic and can trick a very sharp ear. I produce techno/trance/acid house music, and I am still amazed every time I play the xp. The filter allows the user to grab a very similar to analog feel and control over the sound. And the, my, my...the pads. Very big, very warm, and very yummy (for lack of a better word). The effects can make the xp's sounds even better. It is very reactive and precise. And through the sliders, aftertouch and velocity, you can control almost any parameter of each sound (or voice). I would love to have another xp giving my xp some companionship. But, being that it is one of the greatest keyboards of all time, it needs nothing to make it more complete. If someone stole it, of course I would buy another one. It is worth far more than what I paid for it, and no other comparable keyboard (well, as close as comparable can get) compares at even twice the price. Korg...yuck. Ensoniq...ha! Yamaha...not even close. I can definitely say that I have made the best music I have ever made with the xp. Once I learned how to get around on's super easy. And, it's never a headache to work with. It sounds great for a mid-level workstation. Check it out.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:11
Roach a professional user from Canada writes:
By far the worst 1600$ I have ever spent. I tried to use this piece of crap in a "clean" room and was nearly laughed out of the gig from the producer. What a piece of crap. Sure, the sounds are okay and the RPS is a neato toy, but c'mon! For my live gigs the output noise is so terrible that I use a Dolby B&C filter just to clear it up (and lose my highs in the process). I've decided to get rid of my old crap (M1, AKAI...) and new garbage (read XP-50) and spend some real cash on a winner like the Trinity Pro or something along those lines. I will never buy another Roland again. In one year this machince depreciated over 70% of it's high tag. Roland can kiss my ass! PS: I'm not too happy with it. ;(

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:11
Jeremiah M Stanfill a part time user from USA writes:
The selectable waveforms for this synth are sort of a rip-off because most of the raw waveforms sound alike that I cannot distiguish a difference. I think it would be a lot more creative and memory conscious if Roland would have created a phase contour adjuster for the sine, square, triangle and pink noise waveforms with about 127 values. This way You could have narrow sine, pulse, sawtooth and white or brown noise waves of various phase from only four waveforms. It seems many manufacturers have abandoned or excluded phase control from synthesizers; the only few I know that have exclusive phase control are SERGE and BUCHLA.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:11
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