Synth Site: Roland: XP-10: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Tim Grimsditch a part time user from USA writes:
OK, so you buy a keyboard, you expect a backlight and you expect it not to crash a la PC. These are minor gripes, anyone using a computer-based sequencer knows the save it or lose it mantra. Lights with little clips are readily available for those of us who play in the dark. The fact is this keyboard sounds F%$@ing great. The acoustic sounds, especially the acoustic bass, are as good as get. The orgs/pianos/clav sounds are great. Check out a killer pad, Soundtrack - real tasty. The controller options are superb. The dual controllers assigned to VCF and Freq give you the kind of control you only really get on older knob-covered behemoths The dual control is very simple but amazingly effective. The sound of an entire, homemade jazz break going through a perfectly controlled filter loop is incredible and entirely possible on the xp-10. If you're looking for a flexible first keyboard and want good, 'real' sounds this is without a doubt the best keyboard for the task. Snap one up and have a blast.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
Wij Skinner a hobbyist user from England writes:
I bought the XP-10 for 420 quid, and I think it was worth every penny, the guitars and organs are superb as are a lot of the basses. Its my first synth, and I recommend it to anyone as a first time buy for ease of use and economy. I have a small problem that I would appreciate any help with. When I use the controllers with cubase (or cakewalk), they seem to have recorded properly, but if I change the part actually on the XP-10's display, it does not play the control changes back. Therefore I am restricted to only using control changes(the execellent filter sweeps etc) on one channel (or part). This is seriously annoying me. Please help.(By the way if I change back to the part with the control changes they are played back properly).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
Henry Law a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
XP-10 is my first syn. After i shop around and heard it's sound, i fell in love with it. Although a bit noisy on the top range, the bass and middle sound is stunning. Especially i plugged it through a 200 W amp and 15 inch subwoofer..... i guess u know what my neighbours feeling....... ; )

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
Phil a professional user from USA writes:
The XP-10 can be summed in one word: value. The craftsmanship is terrible, but the sounds &amp; arpeggiator make up for it. However, the sounds are really only useful in GM applications (of course, everyone needs these sounds anyway). The strengths it had in the sound department were with the acoustic guitars,drums,

organs,&amp; basses. The strings &amp; brass sounds aren't that great. Overall, it is worth it for having a GM/GS machine to use as a controller along with its arpeggiator.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
Car81mob. a professional user from US writes:
This thing is a breeze to sequence with, easiest multitimbral seqencing I've ever done on a keyboard (rack modules excluded). The sounds are great, high quality and sharp. Very analogish at times and very realistic at others. Sounds are fairly progammable dispite talk of limited features, just depends on your imaginaion and how determined you are. All of our sounds almost always use the nifty X-Dual func. Arpegiator comes in handy for inspration, we use it in many songs. And despite the flimsy feeling of it, the construction is fairly durrable, our has seen the floor many times after accidentally having a mic stand thrown at it, still works. Wish it had a backlit display though, then again we wish for everything.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Aug-06-1998 at 00:10
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