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Does anyone know anything about the Roland XP-10 keyboard?

Discussion in 'Accessories / Connections' started by trumpetprod, Mar 1, 2010.

  1. trumpetprod

    trumpetprod Active Member

    My uncle had a Roland XP-10 keyboard ever since the 1980's or 1990's, but since he used it a couple of times and put it away in its box, I decided to take it out many years later and he said I could have it. We bought a new adapter (lost the old one) and plugged it into an amp, and it was working perfectly. The keyboard itself looks like I just bought it, and when ever we have guests over they think it's new. My question was how much do you guys think it's worth now? And do you think I should keep it for recording or sell it and buy a newer one? It's seems pretty sufficent for my recording needs.
  2. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    I would say its worth using, especially if you plan to use some software at some point. Then again if you want a real keyboard I would suggest having a 76/88 key controller. Most recording software uses MIDI, and you could be right at home with it. At least you can trade up and get something else down the road. Roland made some good keyboards back in the nineties, and I am sure this one is sufficient for a beginner.

    Roland XP-10 | Vintage Synth Explorer

    Happy keys!
  3. trumpetprod

    trumpetprod Active Member

    Alright. And what keyboard do you suggest I buy as an upgrade in the future, let's say I go from entry level recording to advanced?
  4. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    Well, that's a great question. Do you want to look for a used keyboard or do you prefer a brand new one?

    I guess this question is really about how big a budget you have for that.

    If I were to recommend something that is way out of your budget that would not help you.
  5. trumpetprod

    trumpetprod Active Member

    I'm the kind of person that always goes for new things. So new, but if I must, used is also okay. What kind of budget are you going to recommend? I could collaborate based on that.
  6. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    My recommendation is based on your interest in an advanced level keyboards. I would recommend looking at the Yamaha Motif series instruments. Both the 76 key and weighted 88 key versions are probably the most versatile. I tend to like 76 keys myself because its the most useful range of notes and makes taking the instrument to gigs a little bit less cumbersome. There is also a Kurzweil PC3x that looks very promising. I have not seen one yet, but have heard really great things about it and would love to check one out.

    Personally, I own a Yamaha SY99, which is a 76 key synth made back in the early nineties, a Roland XV-3080 module which is based on the Roland XV series. You can find both of them on the used market and they can be fair. You may want to look for a used Roland XV-88 which is a wonderful keyboard. I'm not sure what your musical influences are or what you would like to do, so this is a guess that you may have some classical music background like myself. I tend to like to get musical instruments that encourage you to sound great, I find that they are usually very well worth the extra money and time to find in the market.

    YouTube - Bert Smorenburg and the Yamaha MOTIF XS

    YouTube - yamaha sy99 sounds

    Best of luck to your search, let me know if there is something more you would like to know.
  7. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    According to PrePal, the XP-10 carried a MSRP of $900 when it was on the market. Average pricing on used ones is $272.
    They make good "pads" and strings, some traditional keyboard sounds, nothing to write home about. Considering what you paid for it, and the fact that you say it suits YOUR needs, I would let it ride and enjoy it. I have a D-50 that is even older than that and it still rocks.
  8. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    I had an XP-10 and really enjoyed it for simple pads. I also found that using a sustain pedal, some of the pads could evolve into things you didn't get in just the first 30 seconds of sustain.

    But to address future upgrading, I wanted to mention using the XP-10 as a controller for Spectrasonics' newest version of Omnisphere. The price is really decent and the sounds are unbelievable. Check out the demo at their site where Jordan Rudess demo's it at NAMM and talks about using it on Dream Theater's most recent project.

    Spectrasonics - Omnisphere Episode 9 - Jordan Rudess NAMM Demo
  9. jammster

    jammster Active Member

    That was a very cool demo, I like it! I had no idea you could do that much with Omnisphere.

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