Synth Site: Roland: XV-88 Synthesizer: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.7 out of 5
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Michael Wisniewski a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I agree with the previous poster, the XV-88 has exceptional value. The keyboard action is superb and the sounds are really good. Roland's new strategy of having expansion sound cards is also a great plus. The recent crop of sound cards are turning out to be really good, though not all are great yet. I'm waiting for the 2nd or 3rd generation of their JV/SV cards to see what they do after figuring out what the market is really asking for.

In comparison to it's competitors (PC2X, Yamaha S-80, etc) it has a solid well built feeling to it. The downside is the pressboard underneath vs. the all metal casing, that's the only thing I'm trying to figure out how to make more solid. Trying the keyboards next to each other really makes the XV-88 really stand out, especially for a piano player like myself. On the other hand my friend who learned to play keyboard on synthesizers much prefers the PC2X.

With that said, my friends who owns the S-80 and the PC2X love to come over and play the XV-88. In summary, this thing really makes you want to play it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-22-2001 at 18:53
Sheldon Mah a part-time user from CA, USA writes:
Roland scores well with the XV-88. Traditionally, Roland has always put decent keyboard actions on their products [except the horrendous excuse on the A33] and the XV-88 is exceptional. The sounds are strong and inspiring with a few effect tweaks. Excellent reverb, navigatable page editing. Finally, 128 voices, a lot after growing up on one and two., four, eight, sixteen, 32... Quality is A1 less the recent trend of putting PRESSBOARD bottoms on these pro instruments. Ive never seen a old Moog, Oberheim, Roland, Korg or whatever use such flimsy material. Then again, for 2000$, the XV-88 is exceptional value for today. Highly recommended!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-May-14-2001 at 14:55
Mark a professional user from USA writes:
Today I spent six hours at Guitar Center playing the Roland XV-88, Yamaha S80, Kurzweil K2600, and Korg Triton. I am looking for a good control synth that also has good "bread and butter" sounds I can use in the studio for writing Trance.

XV-88 Pros: I felt this synth had the fullest sounds of all the synths. The pianos and strings sound very real, like something you hear in a film score. It blew me away! The percussion was also amazing, especially the 808/909 kicks and snares. I'm used to Roland's VA sounds being thin these days, but someone did it right with the XV-88. Again, I was amazed! Everything sounded better than the competition, but I'm not really into horns and wind instruments. The physical construction is built like a tank, and the amber backlit display is nice and bright, easy to read, and all the buttons and slider are easily accessible and just feels right.

CONS: I wish it had the same features as the XV-5080, where it has SCSI and reads WAV, AIFF, and Akai S1000/3000 CD-Roms.

Since this is a review of the XV-88, I'm not going to post my comments about the S80, Triton, or K2600. All are good, but in the end I felt the XV-88 had the best sounds, 128-note polyphony, great built in reverb, and this is ultimately what it comes down to. I would rather spend the money on the XV-88 and a seperate sampler rather than trying to get it all in one workstation but sacrifice the quality of sound. No synth is perfect, but the XV-88 fits my style.

I want to put this next to my JP-8000 for the perfect match. Guitar Center is selling this for $2099 which is $400 cheaper than most online resellers. For $2099, you can't go wrong with this synth!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-18-2001 at 21:50
Midi a professional user from USA writes:
I thought the RS9/5 piano sounds wer'nt that good...reminded me of the U20/JX305, kinda tinny... Better to get the SRX piano board w the JV3080 and use it with the A90 controller...i think it has a better feeling keyboard than XV88...seems more like a real piano...but it would be way more $$$

posted Monday-Mar-12-2001 at 01:32
a part-time user writes:
Who cares if it's heavy to tour with? How can you be on tour without your roadies? Airlines and buses don't care what something weighs - they just charge accordingly. For the pianist on page one - I thought this synth had a sequencer. The tones are okay, but they only approximate other instruments. They don't really come that close the analogue synthesis sounds. Some of the presets are okay, but I don't hear much difference between this and a G-1000 workstation - or any of the other synths that use the same presets as the G-1000. What Roland needs to do is make the XV-88 in a smaller keyboard length, such as 44 or 61 keys, so you can have two of them instead of splitting the keyboard. Personally, I don't like my hands octaves apart when I'm shredding metal and hard rock. While a classical pianist may feel at home with 88 keys, I simply consider the wasted keys an inconvenience. Other than that, it seems to be a top of the line DIGITAL synth....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Mar-11-2001 at 22:33
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