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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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a professional user writes:
I completely agree with Mike (below) on his points. XV5080 is just another example of an unfinished product from Roland (just like th recent VS2480 HD Recorder!) Check out Kurzweil 2500 or 2600. It beats the crap out of any XV synth!

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-05-2001 at 17:59
Mike Baas a part-time user from USA writes:
The idea behind the Roland XV-5080, a sampler/synth that allows for nearly infinite sound expansion and editing, is indeed noble. Unfortunately the execution is sub par on Roland's part for these reasons:

Sound Quality - Many Synth Zone users comment on the great sound that this machine puts out. I don't really understand why - in my opinion, most of these sounds, especially the new lead synth sounds, are really loud, too sharp, and come out of the outputs without bass punch. This translates into unuable patches. Most of the USER bank patches are simply unuable - the first patch, a wailing screaching noise, makes you wonder what is to come. What is to follow mostly are strange gimmicky electronic loops and loud industrial sounds mixed with very good quality realistic sounds (realism being the strong suit of the synth). If you make creative electronic music, these sounds are not for you. If you use synths to emulate realistic instruments, give it a shot.

Sounds: Many of the sounds on this device are from the older JV/XP sound set and are written in ROM. It would be nice to be able to overwrite dated sounds.

Sample-related comments: This is the big letdown. The most important problem with the XV-5080 is that you cannot hook it up to your PC via SCSI and excute sample dumps. No matter what kind of SCSI controller you own, the XV-5080 is unable to communicate with it. The ability for one's computer to efficiently communicate with one's outboard gear should be the main consideration for buying new electronic equipment. Roland necessitates the use of CD-ROM and external HD (or Smart Media - not too fast) for loading and saving samples. It doesn't make any sense why. Even the AKAI S1000 works with Wavelab via PC/SCSI and that is a much much older sampler. Even if you decide to go with the XV-5080 for sample playback, you will be frustrated with the unfriendly interface and roundabout way you must use to load and save samples. Even finding clear cut instructions in the user manual for doing this is tricky. You might think that you've made a patch and saved your sample data only to load the patch with no sound. I have been successful a few times with this process, but I do not trust it. It is just more complicated than it should be.

Effects: The effects are very good, although they run serial and not parallel. You will find that you will want the synth to do more than it can actually do (layered effects).

Lack of support by major sequencers: If Roland were smart, they would have programmed an interface for SoundDiver and .dev files for Cubase. They again force you to interact with the device without PC. I could much rather use my 17inch monitor than stare at the 1x4 inch Roland screen to create and edit patches/programs.

I thought because it was the year 2001 that Roland would be making a product that met the standards of musicians who rely mainly on their computers to create music. For those looking to build a studio with a computer as the centerpiece, resist the temptation to experiment with the XV-5080. You will be let down.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-05-2001 at 14:08
ajay bhatia a professional user from india writes:
sounds great !!! amazing sounds for techno and some real cool pads. the only bummer is that when you load samples you load the same into performance and user memory and if you cannot back up that data you will lose all of it (i.e your perfomances and presets that you have saved in the user banks) the effects are also great and the fact that yo have three effects to play with is great!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-29-2001 at 05:49
GINO BONANNO a hobbyist user from USA writes:

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-06-2001 at 23:33
Baby G a professional user writes:
What the hell? Only ONE review while Triton has over 120 ! Nobody buys it or what? Or all Roland user are so proffesional and busy, that they have no time to write reviews? :)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-02-2001 at 13:46
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