Roland XP-30
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Roland XP-30

XP-30, Digital Synth from Roland in the XP series.

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Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 10 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
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FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland XP-30
Like most Roland products, the menus are very detailed and suffisticated. You have to get used to them. Might take you a couple of hurs to figure out how to create your own patch from scratch. But it's a good thing if you are willing to sit and screw with it for a while. Gives you a lot of flexibility. You can program about anything on that thing.

$400

UTILIZATION

Again, it is not so easy to use if you did not spend a weekend figuring it out, but in the long run, you benefit from it. I personally am a control freak, so I love it about this keyboard.

Yes. It IS well-built. I've seen 3 of these keyboard in my life. They were all about 6-8 years old. They all looked and felt like they were bought yesterday. You should get a case for it anyway

SOUNDS

Great. It is one of the best collections of sounds I've ever seen, except for my E-MU, which is packed woth about 400GB of samples on a hard drive Anyway, I play both live and sequenced music and this seems to sound like both a great studia synthesizer and a good keyboard for live performances. You could write albums with only that thing. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the orchestral expansion!

OVERALL OPINION

Yes. This is an absolutely lovable piece of equipment. If I ever want to come up to a keyboard and play a little I play this one. The patch collection is amazing.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: kolbaska ( 3-, 2006)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland XP-30
Pretty good features--BUT they only hold 2 expansion cards! That's a negative!

Price paid

$900.00

UTILIZATION

Pretty easy to use but can be complicated for a beginner-def. not a newbie synth.

Built ford tough! Never had any problems.

SOUNDS

Nice sounds! No complaints!

OVERALL OPINION

Had mine for 7 years---it did the job until I got the JV 2080 rack for only $400.00 on ebay--it holds 9 expansion cards

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: bhardman ( 6-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland XP-30
Im very satisfied

Price paid

$800

UTILIZATION

It can be either really hard or really easy...if you dont have the software librarian Sound Diver 2.0 which should come with your keyboard, then interface can be very confusing. but if you have it then its very easy.

high quality, i love it...ive had no problems yet and it seems very durable.

SOUNDS

The sounds on this board are good in my opinion...but the bonus is that you have so many of them... everything is covered here, acoustic sounds, symphonic sounds, techno sounds... the quality of the sounds are usually very good and i find some particularly usefull such as sub bass.

OVERALL OPINION

My first keyboard adn i love it to death...

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: Unknown ( 5-, 2002)
MGR/Charles Pye05/06/2002

MGR/Charles Pye's review"Roland XP-30 Expandable Synthesizer"

Roland XP-30
I bought this keyboard at a music store in Colorado a year ago. At the time, I didn't know much about keyboards and wanted one that wasn't too expensive and was fairly easy to use, but was also good enough to perform with eventually. I paid about $1000 for it.

What I like most about it is the speed with which I can use it. The layout of patches is very intuitive, and I can very quickly get to the one I need. Also, most of the preset patches on it are very good, and with the two expansion cards that mine came with installed, it has over 1400 patches.

I find it very difficult to program a good lead sound on it- the classical patches are much better than the synth ones on it. Getting used to the system of editing them is a little tricky, but not too hard. However, I do wish it had more flexibility with regards to editing sounds. The 61 non-weighted keys are a bit annoying for someone like me who is more used to a piano, but are fine for most keyboard parts.

It is very solid and I have not had any physical problems with it so far. The interface is fairly simple to use, and it is very lightweight.

This is one of the best possible keyboards for a begginner to use. It gives you enough flexibility and power that you can experiment with it quite a bit, and perform with it if you want to, but it is also simple enough that you can learn how to use it very quickly. I would not recommend it for someone who wants a top of the line keyboard, but it would be fine for a beginner.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
L'opticien?10/24/2014

L'opticien?'s review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A very good product."

Roland XP-30
61 notes keyboard pretty nice, very light and very robust (construction of the 90 forces) Simple and beautiful. Connectors a bit but just enough for a second keyboard, polyphony is 64 voices which is very comfortable for this kind of instrument, pitch bend, and the bare minimum (sustain, midi, trape for backup and some additional grip) . This is the version of XP 50 without the sequencer. In contrast, an arpeggiator and three SRJV cards are incorporated.

UTILIZATION

The config is Roland, so quite simple once the system is considered. The explanations are simple, editing is tedious because of the smallness of the LCD, however it is extremely readable and orange color is nice.

SOUNDS

So here let me say one thing. I read what some people think sounds, some speak of a history of converters that would eventually substituted, and that the difference between a 50 and a xp xp 30 is the day and night, so I kidding! I've had it for almost 8 years now and a 50 xp a xp 30 and the difference (if there is one) is minimal, for my part I can not find it. Then I was told that the sounds were older, I laugh because again it is enough to have had several Roland. In my case I had the good fortune to have had in his hands a D 50, E 20, U 20, XP 50, XP 30, Fantom X, and frankly from the JV series 1080 JV, sound Roland has not changed, is that bad? I do not think there is always a grain Roland, and that's good. With XP 30 it goes where you want and we leave the sound you want when almost in any case we find happiness if its working, so I put 9 sounds. Who would dare say that sounds JV1080 are bad, then they are and have been used for over 10 years? You really have to stop, the XP series remains a series of digital synthesizer, said synthesizer and said "make or modify" the sounds. Finally, even the sounds of "factory" going very well on stage (for those who have reservations about my opinion, I also have a Korg Kronos 73 said sounds more realistic and mininova for said sounds "more "lol! And I had a lot of Korg (t3, triton classic and studio, m3, microkorg ...) and sounds age faster than Roland ... or not! You all will understand its tastes in sound!) brief what matters is how one uses a synthesizer and its sounds!

OVERALL OPINION

XP 30 remains very good material, it's true Roland, it is lightweight, strong and very robust to year, it is beautiful and simple and will suit anyone who is looking to complete a set for cheap and for anyone looking a box nomadic sounds good.
In conclusion, if you know how to use, you will probably never resell!
roi synthland08/14/2012

roi synthland's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland XP-30
always has been said already. the instrument is class and I had been almost nine.

UTILIZATION

the machine requires a minimum of J have a lot of time watching the manual.

SOUNDS

well as in the previous notices di something has been saved! it sounds bad ... and the sounds have nothing extraordinary with the same patch card jv included on this model.

OVERALL OPINION

sold in recent months downright disappointed ...
keti09/08/2007

keti's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland XP-30
Touch without good quality, the pitch is not gnial. Trs sounds complete (JV2080 plus 3 cards SRJV original) Polyphony 64 notes well enough (it is not a worstation) 61 Notes

incredibly light weight

UTILIZATION

Edition of simplicity, clear manual

SOUNDS

Sounds great especially acoustic, drum kits a little cheap, the XP30 is a version of JV 2080 Keyboard with 3 cards SRJV original and two additional card slots, and the piano sounds are trs good session, and the ground and many more

OVERALL OPINION

Weight ratio quality price (trs trslger) excellent
versatility of the sounds if we add the 70's 60 SRJV Keyboards
equinoxestudio08/16/2006

equinoxestudio's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland XP-30
61-key keyboard very good, especially compared to what exists in this price range ...

Featuring original extensions Sessions, techno and orchestral, so large amount of sounds available on. Variable quality depending on the bank but for the price should not be dreaming!

UTILIZATION

Intuitive and easy, especially on stage, especially with software like soundiver (included) makes it easy to create their lists of patches from a PC, edit, store and especially to safeguard its banks. The search function by type of sound saves time to select a sound among the various banks and cards.

SOUNDS

For the price, it's pretty convincing, do not expect to sound perfect, but given the range offered is fair, the instrument has a purpose 'and can in practice to speak all styles, I've added a card's 60-70 for more electric piano and Hammond sounds.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 5 years in second keyboard at the time the value was good, it's a keyboard that is compact and lightweight, rugged, and designed with quality materials (keyboard, knobs, screen , Hull ...). Even if today some keyboards offer a much higher sound quality I do not regret that choice and definitely plans to keep this keyboard, I repeat, reliable and versatile, perfect as a supplement for keyboard easy to carry, no system load at startup, no bugs ... what a digital drawbacks ...
vetjc12/29/2005

vetjc's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland XP-30
Synth numrique classic ...
61 touch sensitive keys and lAftertouch / 64 voice polyphony
Four sliders to control and edit the sound in real time
classical connection / repeating sounds lintgralit sounds of clbres JV-1080/2080 sound modules, and any expansion cards Patches Session, Orchestral and Techno Collection / Two slots allow for install two expansion cards of the 17 proposed by Roland (SRJV not only compatibility with the SRX)
Arpgiateur regained XP-60/80 / Rverbration, and chorus effects EFX includes 40 effects algorithms DIFFERENT

UTILIZATION

Gnrale simple config / editing sounds same, especially through a version of soundiver Allgemeine comes with ... / Manual is clear ... classic Roland. A Note on Split *** paramtrer chi ...

SOUNDS

The sounds are good. They are ralistes for acoustic. A little Suck for percussion kit. The effects are effective, but I confess that I do not use that little rev ...
I like all the sounds, there are few who are trs gadget and therefore unusable. I add cards Orchestral and Vocal II that are really good ... trs

Previous compared the opinion, I do not agree on the lack of pep sound. True, he lacks the dynamics of a JV, but even when it is not so critical. (Aileurs is to streamline a little note "sound" that I put that opinion today)

OVERALL OPINION

- I've since its release, ie 4.5 years. I really like the palette of sounds ... This is a good keyboard for beginners numrique end.
- I compare a Triton Le (the XP 30 is less dynamic, has no possibility to sample and has no squenceur but the sounds are less expandable and gadgets imaginable with cards ). I also compared the keyboards of the range RS ...
- The ratio quality price is right or good trs. In OCCAZ 'I think that's worth. The sounds are not dpasss and the machine seems solid.
- With the exprience: yes I redo this choice from the original budget prvu ...
12/14/2004

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland XP-30
It's officially a 5O xp with two cards in it, whose techno if I say no bullshit.

on paper is great value quality / price ...

UTILIZATION

Yeah ...

SOUNDS

L is the muddle ...

are all sounds of the 1080 jv more sounds, but some cards ... has not sound like a jv 1080!

Economics is a hand made qq ... So it's flat, thin, small and without dynamic sound.
the sound is an "imitation"!

I made the JV to sell my shit to buy a 1080!
I cried ...

OVERALL OPINION

Report quality / price ... not so good as you think ...

not a good ide to make that choice.
prferer a jv 1080, a 50 XP, 60 or 8O ... the first preferences (they sound better!).

Here ...