The XV-88 is essentially a professional keyboard version of the XV-3080. It has 88-note precision hammer-action keyboard with velocity and aftertouch sensitivity. It has 4 real-time control/tone palette sliders, D-Beam technology, and all of the advanced sounds, effects and Matrix Control found in the XV-3080.
The XV-88 is Roland's flagship synthesizer. It features 128-voices of powerful XV sounds, an 88-note precision hammer-action keyboard, D-Beam controller, and expandability via 64MB* SRX- and popular SR-JV80-Series wave expansion boards. Add to this a host of studio-quality effects, and you've got a performance synth of the highest order.
The XV-88 features two expansion slots for the new "SRX Series" Wave Expansion boards, each of which provides the waveform capacity of four "SR-JV80" boards. Of course, since the XV-88 is also equipped with an additional two slots for previous-generation "SR-JV80" Wave Expansion boards, you can also install such boards that you now may be using in the XV-88 as well. Thus, with a Wave Expansion board installed in every slot, you can get massive waveforms equaling even those obtainable with samplers, all of which are ready to use as soon as you turn on the instrument, with no loading from any sequencer or other external recording device required
While including, of course, all of the algorithms of the JV- 2080, the XV-88's effects comprise a huge collection of Roland's digital signal processing technology, 3D DELAY that makes full use of RSS (Roland Sound Space technology), Lo-Fi processing from Roland's MC-505groovebox, the SRV- 3030's popular REVERB, along with a newly designed RING MODULATOR, and more.
The XV-88 is compatible with both General MIDI and General MIDI 2 standards. When working with music data that conforms to General MIDI and /or General MIDI 2 (GM scores), you can combine the XV-88 with a computer or sequencer, and use the XV-88 to play back the data.
The XV-88 is equipped with a full 88-key piano keyboard utilizing a hammer action system for rich expressiveness, with aftertouch provided as well. The XV-88 gives you both the pure, unspoiled expression you get with a piano, and the dynamic play of a synthesizer, all in a single instrument.
The XV-88 also features the Roland XP-30's popular Patch Search function and Phrase Preview function. The Patch Finder function lets you rapidly find the patch you want simply by specifying a patch category. By pressing [PHRASE PREVIEW], you can then hear the selected patch play a phrase suitable for that type of patch A special computer cable makes it easy for you to connect the XV-88 to your computer, so that you can enjoy ensemble playing.
You can easily perform arpeggios, and use "rhythm guitar," simply by pressing a few chords. You can even specify the rhythmical "feel" you want.
The XV-88 also comes with the D Beam Controller which allows you to change the sound dynamically as you perform, according to the position of your hand as you move it over the controller. By moving your hand above the panel, you can control even subtle changes in tones, effects, and pitches that are difficult to make using bender and aftertouch, all in real time, bringing your live performances to a whole new level.