ROLAND JV1080/JV2080/XP50/XP80 - XP50 INFO PAGE
XP-50 MUSIC WORKSTATION
FROM THE ROLAND BROCHURE (December 1994):
The Roland XP-50 is a new music workstation developed along the
concept of instant response and more realtime operation. A complete
rethink of the music workstation, the XP-50 streamlines operational
flow and increases comprehensive music workstation power, effectively
handling everything from music production to live performance, without
compromise. The 32-bit RISC chip exercises optimal control over all
the new XP-50 features. Like a newly developed MRC Pro sequencer
system that is highly advanced, yet allows spontaneous operation to
maintain your creative flow. And a sound source that is equivalent to
the acclaimed Roland JV-1080, providing superb sound quality,
advanced functions and maximum expandability. The XP-50's advantages
synergistically combine to establish a new reference standard for
music workstations in terms of sheer expressiveness, performance scope
and operational versatility.
32-BIT RISC CHIP ENABLES INSTANT RESPONSE.
The XP-50's main CPU is a 32-bit RISC chip for lightning fast and
accurate response to performance data. Using this chip places all
workstation operational flow under advanced central processing
ONBOARD HIGH-PERFORMANCE MRC PRO SEQUENCER.
The XP-50 incorporates a new MRC Pro sequencer that expands and
advances editing functions of the industry-standard MC-series
sequencers. Emphasizing realtime production to accommodate today's
musical applications, the MRC Pro promotes off-the-cuff production and
performance that maintain your creative flow. The MRC Pro features 16
phase traces, each capable of controlling up to 16 MIDI channels, plus
a tempo track.
FEATURES THAT MAKE SONG COMPOSING MUCH EASIER.
Loop Recording lets you smoothly create a song without interrupting
the musical flow. Pattern Paste speeds up song creation because
complete patterns can simply be pasted. The XP-50 memorizes up to 100
The XP-50 also offers multiple quantize functions. Grid Quantize
accuratley aligns manually input data according to the beat. Shuffle
Quantize can be set for variations in precise 1% increments. Groove
Quantize creates grooves containing timing as well as minute
velocity variations as a convenient template. Simply assign phrases to
the emplate to obtain different intricate grooves, such as dance
grooves, in an instant.
A preview function is also included for editing while confirming data
variations on the monitor in realtime.
FUNCTIONS THAT ENHANCE PERFORMANCE.
Realtime Phrase Sequencing allows the user's own patterns to be
assigned to a key. Then play back the selected phrases such as
fill-ins and obbligato, that suit performance.
Songs do not have to be loaded, since the XP-50 can play data directly
from the disk. Songs saved to a single disk can also be played
continuosly without waiting between songs. Using a 2HD disk allows
continuous play of up to 180,000 notes.
COMPATIABLE WITH POPULAR DATA FORMATS.
The XP-50 features Standard MIDI File compatibility and its tone map
contorms to General MIDI for conveniently playing commercial SMF song
data in GM. The XP-50 can also convert Super MRC format data created
on a sequencer like the Roland MC-50mkII for instant use.
A SOUND SOURCE THAT COPES EASILY WITH THE MOST DEMANDING REQUIREMENTS.
The XP-50's 64-voice polyphony copes with the most sophisticated
playing requirements and 16-part multitimbral capability makes it easy
to handle elaborate sequence data with multi-instrument arrangements.
The XP-50's most important advantage for the professional user is that
now there are no more worries about hardware limiting musical
ACCESS TO MORE SOUNDS THAN EVER BEFORE.
Many of Roland's latest waveforms are included to give sounds more
impact. The XP-50 can accept up to four SR-JV80 series wave
expansion boards (16 megabytes each in 16-bit linear format) at one
time, to significantly boost the internal memory. There are currently
five available titles - Pop, Orchestra, Piano, Vintage
Synth and World - with many more to follow. This extensive library
can provide just about any waveform desired.
There are 10 Tone structures including two wave generators, time
variant filters (TVFs) and time variant amplifiers (TVAs) as well as a
ring modulator and booster. To aid in creating sounds, a full battery
of high-quality effects are provided including eight reverbs, one
chorus and 40 insert effect, like phaser and distortion.
AND MORE ...
- The XP-50's 61-note velocity and aftertouch-sensitive keyboard
delivers the expressive power needed for recording and
- New bender design features a longer modulation stroke along with
larger lever diameter to make dender operation smoother and more
comfortable for greater control.
- A large 40-character, 2-line LCD for easy sound and data editing.
Orange backlighting for visibility even on dark stages.
- A built-in 3.5" FDD for 2DD and 2HD floppy disks.
KEYBOARD: 61-KEY, VELOCITY AND AFTERTOUCH SENSITIVE
MAXIMUM POLYPHONY: 64 VOICES
NUMBER OF MULTITIMBRAL PARTS: 16
MEMORY CAPACITY PERFORMANCES: INTERNAL 96, USER 32
MEMORY CAPACITY PATCHES: INTERNAL 640, USER 128
MEMORY CAPACITY RHYTHM SETS: INTERNAL 10, USER 2
SYSTEM COMMON EFFECTS: CHORUS, REVERB (8 TYPES)
DATA STORAGE: 3.5" MICRO FLOPPY DISK (MF-2DD/2HD)
DATA FORMAT: MRC PRO, STANDARD MIDI FILE (FORMAT 0/1)
CONVERT LOAD MRC (FOR MC-500/300/50/50MKII)
TRACKS: 16 PHASE TRACKS (16 MIDI CHANNELS PER TRACK)
+ 1 TEMPO TRACK, 100 PATTERN TRACKS
RESOLUTION: 96 CLOCKS PER QUATER NOTE
INTERNAL MEMORY: 20,000 NOTES
EXTERNAL MFD: 99 SONGS OR 180,000 NOTES PER DISK
MAX. LENGTH OF SONG: 999 MEASURES
DISPLAY: 40 CHARACTERS X 2 LINES BACKLIT LCD
CONNECTORS: OUTPUT (L(MONO)/R), HOLD, PEDAL 1/2, PHONES,
MIDI IN / OUT / THRU
DIMENSIONS: 1023(W) X 348(D) X 97(H) (41" X 14" X 4")
WEIGHT: 9.2KG (20 LBS 5 OZ)
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