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Roland Rd - 500 / Roland Xp - 30 Sold Togather
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Product: Roland RD-500
Successor to the Roland RD-500. The RD-600 surpasses the tradition of superb sound, ease of operation and reliability set by the legendary Roland RD-500 digital stage piano. New levels of playability and performance contro7 -- Roland l have been achieved in a simple, easy to use, versatile stage piano.
The RD-500 is a professional digital piano with 88 weighted keys, 121 high quality sounds and built-in digital effects.

Product: Roland XP-30
Ease of Use : 7
The XP-30 is easier to use than the XP-50 or XP-60, but still requires the use of Soundiver software to get the most out of editing sounds. The Patch Category is a neat feature. The mod wheel "lever" thing is my least favorite feature.

The manual is not too bad, by Roland standards.

Features : 9
Same specs as the other XPs, but no sequencer. Has a very nice arpeggiator though. Session, Orchestral and Techno expansions are hard wired and it can take two additional SR-JV80 boards. Tons of sounds on this thing.

Four sliders for real time control. Keys are semi-weighted and have a nice feel. Has only a single insert effect, but good quality.

Very lightweight and portable synth with great features and sounds. o

Expressiveness/Sounds : 9
It has all the sounds of the classic JV1080 and JV2080 modules, most of which are still good even today. Add in the built in expansions and there are tons of great sounds. Even the Techno board has some cool synth patches and pads on it.

The only thing really lacking are B3 and Rhodes sounds, and this can be remedied with the "Keyboards of the 60s & 70s" board. I have the 60s\70s and Vintage Synth expansions in my XP-30 and have pretty much any sound I could ever want or need.

If it had a sampler it would be a 10.

Reliability : No Opinion
Seems pretty sturdy, I treat my gear with care.

Customer Support : No Opinion

Overall Rating : 9
I have owned an XP-50 (horrible keys) and XP-60 (too noisy), and soundwise the XP-30 kicks their butts. It has better DACs and does not have the noise issues that the XP-60 had. I do miss the built in sequencer, but sound quality is much more important to me. The XP's sequencer was kind of frustrating to use anyway. I have an EMU MP-7 that is an awesome sequencer. The XP-30 has all of the great JV sounds and when fully expanded, is a monster of a synth. Plus it's so light and portable! A great deal.

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