The playing feel of this instrument is where it shines. I’ve had the chance to let two other percussionists try the Xylosynth, and their response in each case matched my first impression verbatim: “It feels like playing a marimba.” The Xylosynth feels very much like an acoustic percussion instrument. The best thing that can be said about the Xylosynth's feel, sensitivity, and expressive capabilities, is that when I play it, I'm not aware of the playing surface. The interface between the player and the instrument isn't a conscious consideration, which speaks volumes to the "natural" feel of the Xylosynth.
- James Walker, Mallet Jazz