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Projet Xion 09/07/2003

Roland XV-5050 : Projet Xion's user review


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Dot with a beautiful gray dress, the Roland XV-5050 Submitted plutt well. Rackable 1U. It is trslger, may be even a bit too because if there is no quick fix was to dplacer the flick of a button.

Fortunately, the XV-Editor software supplied allows the Roland "edition complte sounds without touching the expander as long as we possde a computer.
The sound library (after the great ERRF, the XV-5080) is quite standard since it has 8 banks (AH) of 128 sounds each (1024 sounds) plus 16 drum kits.

If you do not have enough, you can always add 2 SRX expansion cards ddies to pianos, orchestras, drums ... and so on. is up to 192MB of memory waveform. In short, plenty to do!

The expander is multi-timbtral 16 parts and the maximum polyphony is 64 voices.

Connectors: Headphones, USB connector, A (MIX) (L (MONO), R), Output B (L, R) (or individual 1-4), MIDI (IN, OUT, THROUGH)

Digital audio outputs: Connectors S / P DIF (COAXIAL, OPTICAL) (24bit, 44.1kHz)

Finally you can connect it directly to the computer's USB port thanks what can happen cord noon.


The XV-5050 offers two modes principeaux: "Patch" and "Performance".
If the mode "Patch" is a MODEL of ergonomics (ACCS was the sounds or by their numro catgories or by instruments), a "Performance" is a bit more Drout because you need to make some compromises in effect utiliss (3 max + 1 + 1 reverb chorus).
It said so much, this restriction exists on virtually all of the synths and march empcher you should not work in multi-timbral.

XV-Editor is very practical to navigate the menus because the internal screen is really too small.
The computer is almost essential!


The sounds of the XV-5050 are excellent. A vocation gnraliste, they cover all genres and a section bnficient "effects" of the compltes (90 DIFFERENT kinds).
Mention specially for guitars (acoustic and elctriques) simply Hallucinatie, as well as the sounds of the orchestra.
Techno lovers should also find happiness even if this may not be its strong point. The batteries are not great but trs diversified and altogether convincing.


I use the XV-5050 since 2 months but I am fully satisfied. My last one Roland Sound Canvas and silent progress since effectus are impressive.
You have the power of the XV-5080 (the sampling and less) for an unbeatable qualitprix (925).
Perfect complment another synth it will be a fair bit as the only sound source, a "performance" as a bit limited.