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New Roland Synths are Modern and Retro!

On September 9, 2016, the very first 24-hour online music event hosted by Roland took place, which was nothing short of a tsunami of all kinds of new products. As we've come to expect from Roland, they've introduced some products synth-lovers are sure to appreciate, including the Roland SYSTEM-8 and three new Roland Boutique synth modules.

Plug Out is the new plug in

When it comes to modern synthesizers, Roland is the cream of the crop, especially since they launched their AIRA series with innovative ACB technology (Analog Circuit Behavior), which was praised for its accurate reconstruction of the sound and behaviour of legendary analogue synthesizers. The Roland SYSTEM-8 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer is equipped with an advanced ACB chip that drives an 8-voice polyphony, three oscillators, high-resolution filters, and polyvalent LFOs. This versatile synth is able to produce classic analogue pad sounds, basses and lead synths, as well as dynamic sounds and spacious structures that any modern sound-designer would appreciate. Besides its own audio source, the SYSTEM-8 can also drive three PLUG-OUT software synths, starting with the JUPITER-8 and with the JUNO-106 right behind it!

Chic Boutique

If modern isn't really your thing, Roland has something for retro-lovers too with some additions to their Boutique series. As a result of the huge success of the Boutique series, Roland has added three new products; firstly, the Roland VP-03 Vocoder, a compact reissue of the iconic Roland VP-330 Vocoder. With the VP-03, you can create your own personal blend of your vocals and one of the available synth sounds. Music is hardly music without bass, so Roland developed a second new module, the TB-03 Bass Line, which is essentially an ode to the Roland TB-303 Bass Line Synth. This TB-03 effortlessly produces fat bass lines with sawtooth or a block waveforms, and adds extra momentum with the overdrive, delay, and reverb effects. And thirdly, to provide some rhythm for the vocoder vocals and synth bass, Roland offers the TR-09 Rhythm Composer, a modern version of the legendary Roland TR-909 drum machine. In addition, Roland offers covers for one or three modules, and a DK-01 docking station so you can angle your module any way you want for optimal playability.

For more information about pricing and delivery times, keep an eye on the product pages.

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