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 [2]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 control.


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 customized patterns.

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 expression.


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 [3]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 - [4]Pop, [5]Orchestra, [6]Piano, [7]Vintage Synth and [8]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 ...


XP-50 SPECIFICATIONS:
  SYNTHESIZER SECTION
                      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)
                           EFX: 40
  
  SEQUENCER SECTION
                  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
  
  OTHERS
                       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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