Programming the Xpander as a regular polysynth does not make it that powerful. But I found this way to program the Xpander to be extremely powerful:
- Program a sound and make 5 copies of it (totally 6 patches of the same sound) in single mode and put together to a multipatch (e.g. 51 to voice 1, 52 to voice 2 etc).
- Activate one of the voices (underlined) in multimode and change it slightly (filter, attack time, tune, velocity, lfo, pan etc). Let voice one be unchanged and start with voice 2. Then change voice 3 etc. To change pan for single voices require latest voice software chip (can be ordered at Ebay for the cost as a nice dinner), otherwise it can be made by multimode.
Mainly I route the filter to the modwheel (for brass etc to the velocity) to be able to play dynamic.
Try different things such slightly portamento to pads etc, different variations of great multipatches (but just keep patches you actually use) etc.
Finally a nice reverb such Lexicon (have PCM 80), Strymon Big Sky (wont to have as well) or similar.
Don’t forget to make backup of the patches. Sysex Librian is an excellent and free profram for the purpose.
Now the Xpander will be incredible nice and more powerful than most analog monsters