Roland has announced that they are now shipping the Lucina AX-09 – their strap-on “shoulder synthesizer”.
The Lucina set off Synthtopia’s Super-Doppler Keydar™ alert system when it was announced. And, while Roland may not be pegging the Lucina AX-09 as a keytar, the “shoulder synthesizer” name doesn’t quite cut it.
Here’s what Roland has to say about the AX-09:
With a stylish body and 37 keys, the Lucina AX-09 is compact, lightweight, and loaded with 150 high-quality sounds that cover a wide stylistic range, from synth leads to solo violin. It can be played in either a standing position using a shoulder strap or in a traditional horizontal tabletop orientation.
Find the perfect sound quickly with the Category buttons, and press the Preview button to hear the currently selected sound with a pre-programmed riff. Assign your top 12 sounds to the Favorites bank for instant, one-button recall. Volume, reverb, and patch edits can be stored with each Favorite.
The design of the Lucina AX-09 is actually kind of cool, making the synth equally at home played horizontally or as a keytar. Continue reading →
Roland has announced that the V-Combo VR-700 Stage Keyboard is now shipping.
Featuring the best of Roland’s Virtual Tone Wheel organ, full 88-key multi-sampled piano, and pro synthesizer sounds, the V-Combo is designed for players who need an all-in-one keyboard for a variety of musical settings. Continue reading →
Moog Music released this video today, which features Brian Kehew giving a tour of the VX-351 CV Output Expander for the Minimoog Voyager.
The video and sound quality of this video aren’t great, but Kehew, who’s done everything from play keyboards for The Who to co-authoring Recording The Beatles, knows his stuff and does a great job of highlighting how the VX-351 CV Output Expander turns the Moog Minimoog Voyager into a modular synth.