Synth Site: Roland: XV-88 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Steve from usa writes:

posted Tuesday-Feb-04-2003 at 20:21
randy a hobbyist user from us writes:
I share the opinion of Crookedhands Because it's all depends on what you want. Just bought motif 8, and start mixing etc. But maybe exchange it with xv-88. The keyboard action and sound is over the motif 8. Of course, because I'm looking for key action and voice. Admitted: all those two thumbs up on mo 8 sound, and the integrated sampling , added with resources in the web influence me. But all tweak on velocity curve cannot replace the weight. I tried xv-88 in guitar center, and saw 2 expansion stickers of grand piano and drums on top of it. Seems the cards is included, since the grand piano sound is....woooww (not due to speaker, they all use yamaha speakers). I compared and selected yammi P200, and motif, xv-88. Now we have yamaha fp500 (128 poly+xg) and fp1000 (comparabe with the roland hp5, but stage able).. tough decision, since my future use is playing in the church.. Any comments welcome.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-10-2002 at 04:32
Erik a professional user from Orange County writes:
Hands down, the Roland XV-88 is the best out there. Solid construction, excellent key return, and feel. I can't believe the shotty construction in most of the todays new keyboards!? I think my 1980's colecovisoin electronic game had better plastic construction. Roland built the XV-88 like a tank. I played the Korg products, and felt they were inferior and well, honestly... gimicky. Just go to your local music store and play the XV-88. You'll know what I'm talking about. Compare the quality with all the others out there. (Yamaha is a close second in the running)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-02-2002 at 16:42
tiger style a professional user from usa writes:
i'm seeking advise from users who are familiar with my question. i produce tekno and haus, currently using THE triton and my mpc2kxl. i'm looking for an all new batch of sounds to twist into my style, but as you may realize, i'm stuck amoung choices: XV-3080, XV-88, and the motif 8. since this is a roland site, i'll stick with those two. the xv-3080 must have been programmed on mars because it's kinda hard to believe our technology can produce sounds that awesome. as for the xv-88, well...speechless. i don't have words for it, just mouth-dropping. i'm looking for material to work with that will allow me to make music that takes years to catch up with. each of these seem to meet my objectives, but WHICH is my problem. any advice at all will be a help. thanx... t.s.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-01-2002 at 23:45
Crookedhands a hobbyist user from Hong Kong writes:
Yes, yes - this one better or that one: In the end it comes down to three choices: MOTIF or Triton or XV-88. Anything else is just shallow-sounding, bad workmanship or seriously lacking in features.

- You simply can't beat the XV-88's sound & quality with Roland's great & successsful expansion series, not to mention the hammer-weighted keys. - You simply can't beat the MOTIF if you want an "all-in-one" box with the main fantastic sound staple & sequencing & sampling & expansion - You simply can't beat the Triton-rack because it's THE rack out there with the most (nearly non-exhaustive) features packed in a 2U-rack.

Amen - world funk, everyone.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-21-2002 at 06:10
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