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June 12/31/2003

Roland XV-5050 : June's user review


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Rackable 1U format, this 64 voice multitimbral expander dsign catchy offers over 1000 sounds rpart in eight banks and three banks comprising 16 performance patch, each of which may be for CONTRL own a midi channel. Trslger (may be too?), It has a battery complte trs connectors (headphones, USB connector, A (MIX) (L (MONO), R), Output B (L, R) (or individual 1-4), MIDI (IN, OUT, THROUGH) and digital audio outputs. Finally, something very useful when you have a computer, it is fitted to a USB port. Curiously, it is placed on the front panel.
The XV-5050 comes with a CD-ROM containing the drivers USB PC / MAC and an editor allowing to edit easily sound, performance and the system settings, and the Vitantis user having to spend hours editing paramtres intermdiaire by a wheel and a tiny LED screen.


Having worked for years with a JV-880, I t Drout a little when I attack XV-5050. But thanks the editor supplied with the expander, and with a little patience, everything rvle relatively simple. N'tant not specially attracted by the new sounds Fast Fashion, I just usually presets (with over 1000 presets, I have enough work :-). However, the ease of using the editor may make me change my mind and I think slowly I CRER my own library of sounds.
The manual is relatively clear (at least clearer than the JV-880), but he who does Deliv n'tait me in English (that I have no problem, but it can be more difficult for those who do not matrise language).


Composer - Arranger Jazz-Blues, I value the quality of the sounds of piano, organ, guitar, acoustic or electric bass and brass. Overall, I do not t the. The acoustic pianos are crdibles, and electric pianos are superb (possdant a Rhodes, I can easily compare). Congratulations also to the sounds of acoustic guitars as qu'lectriques (there are some crazy guitar distortion that will make all the fans of death metal :-) and for low trs that are good. The brass is my opinion means, but reproduce that kind of sound is difficult trs. The organs are trs complete with a reproduction of the effect of phonic wheel well Designed trs. For those looking for more sounds alambiqus with muti-effects, and all that, the XV-5050 is definitely a good buy. With over 90 fully programmable effects, it becomes boards of CRER sounds incredible.


Without question, the XV-5050 is a purchase for any musician matre dsireux of an expander possder flexible, easy to use, and, dare I say, "all terrain". Whatever the style of music practice our answer to the expectations this device, especially since its price is very reasonable (between 950 and 1200 euros depending on the dealers - n'hsitez ngocier ever!). Once again, Roland was hard!