Roland XP-80 keyboard synth workstation

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The Roland XP80 features a 76-note synth-weighted keyboard and 8Mb of sample ROM, with the option to add up to four specific SR-JV80 sound expansion cartridges. The Roland XP80 is compatible with Roland XP60 but has an additional octave of keyboard.

The Roland XP80 features a 76-note synth-weighted keyboard and 8Mb of sample ROM, with the option to add up to four specific SR-JV80 sound expansion cartridges. The Roland XP80 is compatible with Roland XP60 but has an additional octave of keyboard.

The 76-note XP-80 is an integrated workstation with 64-voice polyphony, 16-part multitimbral capabilities and Roland’s acclaimed 32-bit RISC chip processor for integrated sequencing, arrangement and synth layering possibilities. Expansion slots accommodate any four of the SR-JV80-Series expansion boards simultaneously.

The XP-80 has a 76-key semi-weighted keyboard. A smaller 61-key variant, the XP-60 was introduced shortly afterward. The synthesis engine is capable of 64-voice polyphony and 16-part multi-timbrality. The XP-80 includes the 128 General MIDI instrument set, as well as 384 additional preset instruments (“patches” in Roland parlance), for a total of 512 preset patches. Additional user memory is provided for making copies of up to 128 patches, allowing the user to edit patch parameters and save them in memory. There are 8 preset percussion instrument combinations (called “rhythm sets”) and 2 user configurable rhythm sets. The XP-80 includes 64 preset combinations of up to 15 existing patches and 1 rhythm set. These patch and rhythm set combinations are referred to as “performances” in Roland parlance. There are an additional 32 user memory locations to store user configurable performances. There is a built-in backlit LCD display of 320 by 80 pixels.

The onboard sequencer is capable of storing up to 60,000 notes of recorded musical performance and has a clock resolution of 96 parts per quarter note. It’s capable of storing up to 100 patterns and 1 song at a time in memory, but can also load and play music sequences directly from floppy disk using the built-in floppy disk drive.

The XP-80 includes 4 user accessible expansion slots (located under a removable cover on the bottom of the unit). Each slot can accommodate one SR-JV80 expansion board. A total of 21 SR-JV80 expansion boards were released by Roland. Nineteen were sold (SR-JV80-01 through SR-JV80-19), while 2 were given away as demonstration expansion boards for various promotions (SR-JV80-98 and SR-JV80-99).

A built-in 3.5″ floppy disk drive provides removable data storage for up to 1.44 MB of music sequences, sequence chain-play playlists, groove quantise settings, additional patch, rhythm set, performance and system settings storage.

External connections include 2 unbalanced 1/4-inch “MIX” (left and right channel) and 2 unbalanced “DIRECT” (left and right channel) TS connector jacks. Sounds are normally routed to the MIX outputs but can instead be routed to the DIRECT outputs when required. There is a 1/4-inch stereo headphone jack, a 1/4-inch jack for the sustain (hold) pedal and a 1/4-inch jack for sequencer click output, useful as a metronome when playing along with the sequencer. Four 1/4-inch control pedal jacks have configurable functions, including the ability to adjust patch volume, patch cutoff frequency, effects levels, organ speaker rotation simulation, stepping through patches, and so forth. There are three 5-pin MIDI ports (IN, OUT, and THRU).

Features
Pro-quality 76-note weighted-action workstation keyboard, velocity/aftertouch-sensitive
64-voice polyphony, 16-part multitimbral capabilities
8 MB of internal waveform memory; 40 MB and more than 1,500 Patches when fully expanded
Accommodates up to four SR-JV80-Series expansion boards simultaneously
16-track MRC-Pro sequencer with direct-from-disk playback
New sequencer functions like “non-stop” loop recording for added ease
Huge 320×80 full-dot backlit LCD for instant verification of all parameters
Onboard sequencer memory: 100 patterns, one song, 60,000 notes
Advanced arpeggiator including MIDI sync and guitar strum mode
Realtime Phrase Sequence (RPS) for on-the-fly triggering
42 insert effects: reverb, chorus, delay, ring modulation, distortion, etc.
Two pairs of independent stereo outputs
Quick Palette with four assignable sliders; Click out with volume knob
Collection of dedicated function buttons for increased operational ease
Compatible with JV-1080, XP-50 and XP-60.