Roland Cloud, announced at NAMM earlier this year, is a subscription service that gives you access to an array of new and classic Roland virtual instruments. Roland have just announced the version 4.0 update which introduces virtual versions of the Jupiter 8, the Juno 106 and the System-8.
Apparently, the most requested software instruments are the Juno 106 and the Jupiter 8 and Roland simply said “OK then”. Roland are calling it the Legendary Series which suggests there could be more to come.
There’s no doubt that the Jupiter and Juno are iconic synthesizers. They have already been reborn in the Roland Boutique series of mini hardware synths. Of course, that’s why these have come about so quickly. All the work has already been done. Roland’s Analog Circuit Behaviour (ACB) modelling technology has given us the software versions running in the Boutique hardware. All they had to do was design a nicely authentic user interface.
The System-8 is what they are calling a Future Legend. It’s certainly a virtual analogue powerhouse of a synth and brings some superbly modern synthesis to the party.
This adds nicely to the suite of existing Roland Cloud classics like the SH-101, SH-2, Promars, System-100 and System-1. I’ve already used up my free month trial so I’m not going to be able to test out these new legends anytime soon. But if the sound of the other ones is anything to go by they will be pretty darn perfect to my ears. One slight concern is that the CPU load on running these synths, particularly the System 1, was very high. I can only imagine the impact of the polyphonic System-8.
Sign up now for your free month trial of all the Roland virtual instruments. After that it’s $19.95 per month to keep on using them. I thought it seemed quite a commitment initially, but with these three additions it’s looking more attractive all the time. More information on the Roland Cloud website.