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roland xv5050

Discussion in 'Recording' started by David French, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Does anybody here own this unit? I'm seriously considering it and would like to hear what people think.
     
  2. AzureCrystal

    AzureCrystal Active Member

    I've had it for five months now, its the best synth I own, period. I also own a Korg X5D, Alesis QS6(with Qcards), Yamaha CS2x, Waldorf uQ, E-Mu Proteus 2500,yamaha P80, and Red Darkstar. The XV-5050 is by far the best sounding unit of the bunch. A lot of awesome, useable sounds, easy to use multi mode, great D/A converters (I have to keep it at lower volumes than all the others), and a great editor that comes free with it. Identical to the 5080, just missing the sampler. You will love this thing, my songs went from cheesy to professional as soon as I started using it to replace older sounds...
     
  3. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Thanks so much Steve! That sure says a lot given that you have such a large array of great gear. Are there any tracks on your site that you did with the 5050?
     
  4. AzureCrystal

    AzureCrystal Active Member

    Sure; Here is one done with 90% XV-5050:

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    Everything except the Drums is XV-5050... For drums I use a Zoom RT-323 which comes with 24bit samples, about $300 street price...
     
  5. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Thanks again. I just picked one up. I'll post back after I dig into it a bit.
     
  6. AzureCrystal

    AzureCrystal Active Member

    WOW !! Cool ! you won't regret it, tell me what you think !!
     
  7. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    hey bro,

    I ordered my 5050 online and I should have it by Tuesday. When I get it, i'll dig right in and post my thoughts.

    p.s. Have you ever experienced noticeable voice stealing when working with a single patch?

    p.s.s Aren't the drums in the 5050 24 bit as well? I know the converters are.
     
  8. AzureCrystal

    AzureCrystal Active Member

    No voice stealing with the 5050 that's for sure.... Yes, the 5050 drums are also 24 bit, but I try to use all my modules and synths in performance/non-multi mode. I hate dealing with losing EFX on units that only have one or two efx generator in multi mode, so when I can help it, I use all my modules in single patch mode.... BTW, the 5050 has the nicest and most logical display, all the buttons light up and have multiple functions, really is a first class module !!
     
  9. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Steve,
    the reason I asked about voice stealing is because of a Sound On Sound review I read. What the reviewer said sounds plausible. Here it is. Check the seventh paragraph. Also, the reviewer really had some gripes with the display; it was consequently quite surprising to see your comment!
     
  10. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Howdy

    Is 64 poly really a limitation? Especially with the proliferation of afordable DAW software?

    I think lack of real mixing facilities (that is, allocation of DSP resources to reverbs and other "plastic fantastic" stuff rather than decent EQ and dynamics) is more of a hinder than 64 note poly.
     
  11. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    What brought on the lecture?

    The gentleman in SOS pointed out that in the worst case scenario of having an instrument that is constructed from four stereo tones per note, this would reduce the polyphony to only eight notes. He went on to say that he experienced voice stealing while using only a single instrument. Sounds like it could be a limitation to me, but time will tell.
     
  12. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Howdy

    This sounds more like an issue of voicing. Stereo samples, long releases and lotsa layers will always be taxing on the poly count. But, just because they _can_ do it, doesn't mean they _should_.

    I'd rather have better mono compatability for when I play live. No nightclubs around here run stereo FOH and most ROMplers sound different and often "wimpy" in mono.
     
  13. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Good points. Thanks Nate.
     
  14. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    OK. I've had it for about five days now. Initial impression: blown away. So many great, useable sounds; perfect for someone who needs a complete arsenal of realistic and synthetic instruments. I haven't even used the editor yet, and i've only been working with one patch at a time, but within minutes I was adding it's sounds to previously recorded material and the next day I had produced a music bed with 100% XV5050 sounds. In the vernacular, it was off the chizzle. I do hip-hop, dance, and R&B production, and I can safely say that these are some fresh, respectable sounds. I am most definitely happy with my purchase.
     
  15. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Howdy

    Good news, David. Please let us hear some snippets when you have the time.
     
  16. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Cool. I would love to, but I have no personal server space. Is there a way to have the files hosted here at RO? If so, could someone teach me how to do this? Forgive my ignorance :d:
     
  17. Nate Tschetter

    Nate Tschetter Active Member

    Hi David

    We've been thinking about having space for users on RO but the bandwidth is too expensive at this point. So, I dunno. Maybe someone can suggest a good, free file storage place. Isn't there one called "file planet" or something?
     
  18. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    I'm ready to share if someone could help me find a good file host.
     
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