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SNAMM02: Roland XV-2020 Module Released
Half rack unit with USB + 2 SRX card slots 20/07/02
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Based on the flagship XV-5080 synth engine the XV-2020 gives 64 voices and 16parts.
It’s a half rack unit with space for two of Rolands SRX expansion slots with a front-panel USB port to connect to Mac (via OMS) or PC. Though the front panel is sparse, you may fully customize sounds using the included editing software.
Like all XV synths, the XV-2020 uses Roland’s 4-Tone synth architecture with stereo waveforms per Tone and expressive Matrix Control. There are 1,083 waveforms onboard, translating into 768 Patches, 17 Rhythm Sets and 64 Performances—all of which have been refreshed to perfection. These sounds can be expanded via two optional SRX-Series Wave Expansion Boards, bring the total waveform memory up to a whopping 192MB.
Sounds can be processed using any of three onboard effect processors. These include dedicated reverb and chorus processors, plus a separate multi-effects processor with 40 algorithms.
The onboard USB port simplifies everything from MIDI connections to sound editing, making the XV-2020 the perfect companion to laptop-based systems or other computer music studios. Powerful editing software lets you tweak everything from the –2020’s multimode filters to envelopes and effects using a sleek graphic interface, and then store these edited sounds into User memory. With all of these features at such an affordable price, musicians would be hard pressed to find better sounds either virtual- or hardware-based.
Connections to the XV-2020 include stereo 1/4-inch and RCA outputs; a stereo headphone jack; MIDI In, Out and Thru; and USB.
Expected to ship in August the list price is $695 with an expected street price of around $595
SRX cards list at around $395.