Roland recently announced that it will be celebrating 909 Day (9/09/2016) with a 24-hour online music festival and the introduction of 30+ different pieces of gear, including five new synthesizers.
Images have leaked out that suggest that among the synths that Roland will be introducing will be:
- A Roland System-8 polyphonic synthesizer – based on their Aira Plug-Out technology;
- A Roland TR-09 drum machine, styled after the original TR-909; and
- A Roland TB-03 Bass Line synthesizer, styled after the original TB-303.
None of these images are official and no specifications have been released. But if they are real, then Roland will be unleashing some serious new synth firepower on #909day.
The first image, below, is reported to come from a Sam Ash ad in Keyboard magazine. It shows the Roland System-8 Synthesizer – clearly a more powerful version of the existing Aira System-1:
Two more images have been shared on the German site sequencer.de, that show a Roland TR-09 and Roland TB-03:
Note: None of these images are official, and we’ll have to wait until Sept 9 (#909day) for the official details.
But the possibility of a high-end Plug-out synth, new versions of two of Roland’s most iconic pieces of music gear and a total of more than 30 new introductions suggest that Roland’s 909 Celebration may actually have a lot of electronic musicians celebrating.
via matthew pfeiffer