13 Apr · New Roland System 500 modules spotted at the Puma launch party in Berlin that featured those TR-808 trainers. Confused? Who cares - look, new unannounced System 500 Eurorack modules!
Roland - News and Rumours
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13 Apr · Remember those Adidas TR-808 trainers from last year that you couldn't buy. Well Roland have no teamed up with Puma to offer some trainers that might actually make it to the shops. Thank goodness!
05 Mar · Take the TR-8 Rhythm Performer, tone down the green and import your own samples and you have the TR-8S. It's not groundbreaking but it's probably exactly what we wanted for a live performance groovebox.
03 Mar · A mysterious and rather foggy video hints at something with glowing faders that Roland are planning to announce on Monday the 5th March. What do we think? Sampler? Mixer? Groovebox? TR-8 Mk2?
24 Jan · Roland Virtual Sonics have announced that the Roland Cloud online Legendary Series of virtual instruments will be joined by the first official software emulations of the TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines.
23 Jan · Arturia releases EuroBrute, Roland puts ACB in a multi-functional Eurorack module, Yamaha re-releases the CS-80 and Moog converts everything to Eurorack. Here are my NAMM 2018 predictions and a mixer I want.
11 Jan · Ahead of NAMM 2018, Roland and Zoom each announced a new field recorder product, the R-07 and the H1n respectively. Both have some nifty features to lure musicians, journalists, podcasters and the like.
01 Jan · Many people are finding the knobs on the Roland Boutique SE-02 a bit too tiny and fiddly. Don't worry, there are alternatives that could make the synthesizer experience a much happier one.
27 Dec 2017 · Roland's latest Cloud service update adds a new, old software synthesizer - the JV-1080. According to Roland, the digital recreation has the look, feel, and factory patches of the 90s beast.
24 Dec 2017 · Was 2017 a classic year for synthesizers? Which synths captured the imagination, the sonic excitement and hands-on controllability that make for an awesome creative sound machine? Here are my thoughts on that.
01 Dec 2017 · With a single exception, our selection includes only products announced and launched (or soon to be released) in 2017. They are spread in five price categories from entry-level to high end pro.
02 Oct 2017 · Roland have announced that they have chosen SynthFest UK show for the first UK outing of the new Boutique D-05 Linear synthesizer. It's this Saturday 7th October in Sheffield.
18 Sep 2017 · Roland Cloud's latest update brings us an orchestral library from the days when it all had to fit on an 8MB expansion card. Anthology Orchestra brings back a classic JV-80 sound set.
13 Sep 2017 · The V-Combo VR-730 and VR-09-B are vintage looking keyboards for live performance with the sort of organ, piano and synth sounds the gigging keyboard player needs. Light, portable and very useful.
12 Sep 2017 · Can you tell the difference between the classic presets of the original D-50 and the same sounds on the new Roland Boutique D-05? No, we couldn't either - but give it a go!
09 Sep 2017 · Roland's hardware has been faithfully translated onto the iPhone and iPad's screen and features a 16-step sequencer with song mode. Swing and tap tempo controls let you shuffle up the rhythms...