The fifth and completely ignored revolutionary release of 909 Day was the Roland DK-01. Not only is it a slightly protective case for the undersides of the Boutique range but it can tilt to two positions giving better accessibility to the knobs, buttons and sliders.
We’re all familiar with the Roland K-25m – the little keyboard that we all assume comes with the Roland Boutique synths (no, it’s a £79 add-on). The K-25m is great because it lets you angle up the Boutique synth while you play it with the keyboard. Roland has released a new version called the DK-01 which does the angling but without the keyboard. It saves you having to prop up your new Boutique synth on a book or spare cable to get a better angle. Initially I thought it would be a great addition to the TR-09 and TB-03 but on closer inspection it turns out that they have their own DK-01 built in!
I can see these being bought with every Boutique synth unless you specifically want the mini keyboard K-25m version.
At £49 it’s a premium accessory but it’s also a little bit of design genius that shows just how far Roland can go to give you the best experience.
More information on the DK-01 on the Roland website that’s also missing some images. So we’ve had to source ours from the Roland Japan website.
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