Overall Rating: As a beginners synth but onbly for more advanced players who just want to have every sound imaginable at their fingertipps in a very portable device I definitively recommend the XP-30. It's a pity Roland hasn't yet come up with a dece...
Overall Rating: As a beginners synth but onbly for more advanced players who just want to have every sound imaginable at their fingertipps in a very portable device I definitively recommend the XP-30. It's a pity Roland hasn't yet come up with a decent replacement so the XP-30 still has its stand today. The Juno-G is soundwise much less flexible and I only consider the Triton LE a similar device, but at twice the price! and it's a Korg - I personally like the ROland sounds! BTW, just found this nice site on the XP-30: www.johannes-emmerling.de/xp-30 with lots of useful info and downloads (got the manual from there)
Features: It is an average piece of gear, and for the price and amount of sounds you get an excellent choice if you're after a good bang for the buck! The keyboard is ok, good for Organs, Synths, a bit less though for Electric Pianos and obviously for a Grand. But overall features are OK, polyphony etc. everything on board. What I am missing a bit is just a simple sequencer to record ideas etc.
Sound Quality: The sounds are really great. I bought the Keyboards of the 60s&70s expansion card and the capability of adding two more expansion cards helps a lot to make this beast really a sound monster. The sounds are warm and you can get pretty much everything you want.
Reliability/Durability: Never hat any proble,. Given there are no nobs etc. which could break or so, it is probably one of the most robust keyboards I've ever used. Only the Pitch/MOD STick is a bit of lower quality.
Ease of Use: Pretty easy to use for standard stuff, the two-line LCS makes more complex sound tweaking a bit complex. But it does the job as a pretty versatile and lightweight gear pretty well.