Synth Site: Roland: XV-88 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Kevin C a professional user from USA writes:
The XV-88 is a workhorse in the control room. I bought this one after my Kurzweil K1000 fizzed out from 12 years on the road. I used to hold my sustain pedal down and switch patches on my Kurzweil when making the transition from verse to chorus(and vice versa) and it was seamless. With the XV-88, it is like pushing a button on a radio.... POP! there it is!(Way too abrupt) I would recommend the XV-88 for studio work only. You know you are going to be moving this by yourself most of the time and it is a little hard on the back.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Nov-03-2003 at 15:33
Lame writes:
How about 60's / 70's -card of old ones. Don't know of the newer cards.

posted Tuesday-Mar-18-2003 at 03:10
James Fisher a part-time user from Japan writes:
I bought the Roland XV-88 in 2002 and have spent the last year hauling "the beast" round Tokyo for various gigs. Unless you are in a professional band it ain't easy to transport, even with a case which has wheels. I would love to get this same keyboard with just 64 keys but I don't think a smaller version is yet available.

Only other complaint - no decent hammond sound a la Bob Dylan's electric period. I'm thinking of purcahsing a wave expansion board to rectify this. Can anyone tell me the best wave expansion board to get for hammond sounds?

posted Tuesday-Mar-18-2003 at 01:55
James Fisher a part-time user from Japan writes:
I bought the Roland XV-88 in 2002 and have spent the last year hauling "the beast" round Tokyo for various gigs. Unless you are in a professional band it ain't easy to transport, even with a case which has wheels. I would love to get this same keyboard with just 64 keys but I don't think a smaller version is yet available.

Only other complaint - no decent hammond sound a la Bob Dylan's electric period. I'm thinking of purcahsing a wave expansion board to rectify this. Can anyone tell me the best wave expansion board to get for hammond sounds?

posted Tuesday-Mar-18-2003 at 01:55
Steve a professional user from usa writes:
I purchased my XV88 in 2000. I use it for gigs and recording. This keyboard is probably the best I've owned so far. It goes into a SKB case and in to my Saab and than off to the gig. If you have any experience w/ keyboards you'll see why this is the Steinway of synths not to mention the SRX Piano expansion card. Go check one out,bring headphones and take a trip through the soundscapes. You'll see what I mean. Most of my gig patches are Hammonds, Rhodes,Wurlys,Clavs..meat and potatos type stuff. In the studio I get a chance to dig into the ethnic,string and synth patches. Out of the box theres enough for most anyone. The key pad is great for navigating my patch presets on the gigs. /////Now after a few years of schlepping this 88 key monster around...I'm looking for a 76 key clone of this board. I find the only time I need weighted action is on the piano patches. But for the few songs I need piano it's not worth the extra weight.{no pun intended}If your a pro,let me know what options there might be. I like the key pad for quick on the draw patches. I've considered a Motif 7//Roland Fantom//and,yes,a Korg Triton Studio. Thankyou, All the Best. Steve

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-04-2003 at 20:58
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