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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Chandler from USA writes:
Unfortunately, unless you cannot have more than one kit on the XP-80 without adding one of the expansion cards. If you add the drum and bass card or the hiphop card, you can layer the kits from the expansion card with the kits on board.

The drum and bass card is pretty cool. It has some real nice acoustic drum sounds and one good electronic kit. It is well worth the $200 bucks. Most of the kits on this card blow away the on board sounds. Blending the best of the two, I think is the best way to go.

Hope this helps.

For the money, I still don't think you can beat an XP-80. Especially if you are going to do your sequences on board and not use a PC.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-11-1999 at 13:56
Anoop George a hobbyist user from U.S.A writes:
I think this is a wonderful first one and being only 16 i picked up things pretty quick though it took me almost a day!! to figure out how to use the sequencer..but once that's all done and learned itzz aallll gooood.. I just got the world card and it's great with the sounds i look for the only think i'm trying to find is an ARAB STRING sound can someone help me create it!!

ANd how do i put two drum tracks in a performance set!!

Besides all this it's wonderful...and this synth is gonna take me somewhere..

e-mail me with your answers :

p.s. A.R. Rahman is the bomb...:)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-09-1999 at 02:03
Dale a hobbyist user from Arkansas USA writes:
I love this keyboard. You instantly notice its great roland "feel". Overall the patches are nice. The pianos are weak, but still useable. If you are into dance/techno music this keyboard is for you (you gotta try the appreggiator).

My ONLY gripe is something I have yet to understand. There is a noticeable timing problem when playing back sequenced material. Both internal and external sequences have a timing problem that is best heard at the beginning of each measure. I think someone else has posted a like problem on this page. A slight delay...what's the deal with that? If you know, PLEASE e-mail me! (

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-07-1999 at 21:35
Chris Allridge a professional user from Anchorage, Alaska USA writes:
I had a XP-80 and I ditched it for a Ensoniq ZR-76. The Roland does have some good classic D-50 sound,Strings, and O.K. horns but gets smoked by the quality of sounds/patches available on the Ensoniniq ZR-76. One thing I do miss about my Roland is that it only 28lbs. while the ZR-76 is 50+lbs

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-24-1999 at 13:21
Greg a part-timer user from Canada writes:
I was tired of packin a bulky Roland RD-300s to every gig and so I sold my Korg O3R/W brain and picked up a used XP-80 for $1900CDN (= to about $5US and NO I'm not bitter). Great Synth - but I found that the piano sounds kind of suck (especially in the mid and up octaves) when used in a weekend band (real drums) scenario. I downloaded 'klavier' from the net and this was an improvement. The RD pianos have a lot more 'body after the attack' which makes them cut through the din. However the XP piano sounds are more realistic that the RD when I'm playing at home. Also, I found that the electric pianos are too quiet (even on the 'kbs of 50s60s' card). Time to start tweaking I guess and maybe pick up the piano card. The synth sounds, portamento, filters and organs are a real hoot and the 76 keys don't make me miss the RD-300s too much. The sequencer has been great for learning songs by downloading midi files from the net but I'm not a power sequencer user and I find it a little user hostile. It would be nice if Roland would come out with a card you could write your own samples to. Their extensive product line seems popular enough to have a decent market base to support such a device. Definitely a good choice for a one-synth type guy like myself.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jun-24-1999 at 12:40
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