Roland JD-Xi Crossover Synth Review

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The Roland JD-Xi synthesizer is a new mini-synth that offers an analog monosynth, dual digital synths, 808-style drum sequencing and a digital effects section.

According to the company, the JD-Xi gives musicians the best of both worlds: the warm, smooth response of classic analog, and the clarity and versatility of modern digital.

Is it all that?  Continue reading

Moog Foundation Spring Raffle Features Vintage Moog Liberation Synthesizer

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The Bob Moog Foundation has announced its spring raffle, featuring a vintage Moog Liberation synthesizer.

The raffle, a fundraiser in support of the Foundation’s projects, runs through April 20, 2015 or until all 2,000 tickets are sold.

The winner will be announced on April 24, 2015. Also included in the raffle is an original owner’s manual for the Liberation, written by Rock Wehrmann in 1980. Continue reading

Roland Releases Latest ‘Plug-Out’ Plug-In, PROMARS

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Roland has released the PROMARS Plug-Out Software Synthesizer – a reproduction of the rare PROMARS synthesizer (introduced in 1979).

Designed for Roland System-1, as well as Mac and Windows, the new PROMARS uses Analog Circuit Behavior to recreate the ‘incredibly warm, dense sound’ of the original.

Here’s a video overview, with audio demos, from the 2015 NAMM Show: Continue reading