|At winter Namm 2005 Roland unveiled a very portable offspring of its popular V-Synth: The XT is a travel-friendly V-Synth fully stocked with a potent array of synthesis types, including the V-Synth's famous Elastic Audio Synthesis engine, plus analog-synth modeling, vocal modeling, and classic D-50 emulation. It also provides a rich lineup of COSM effects, external audio processing, a touch-sensitive color display, and eight universal edit knobs.
The XT's innovative Sound Shaper function allows new sounds to be created with the virtual 'know-how' of professional sound designers. By selecting a destination sound type - whether a pad, bass, lead sound, etc. - this macro function guides users quickly through relevant parameters while editing.
The XT provides a variety of input paths for sampling and external-audio processing. Sounds can be sampled directly into the synth via its audio inputs (XLR and 1/4-inch), imported via USB (WAV and AIF format), or fed live to the XT for processing in real time. The front-panel Hi-Z input allows the XT to function as a unique and powerful effects rack for guitar or other instruments; the XLR input (with phantom power) allows the XT to be utilized as a full-blown vocoder. USB audio streaming enables computer-aided sound design and additional audio-processing possibilities.
The XT can be mounted in a rack, where it can be positioned flush or tilted and locked at an angle that best suits the working environment. Or it can be taken out of the rack, and placed on a flat surface. Its angled profile is designed to make the XT work perfectly as a standalone tabletop unit. The large, color touch-screen display provides easy navigation, and its row of eight universal edit knobs makes using the synth fast, friendly, and expressive.