R Is For Roland


R Is For Roland is a new hardcover book about the history of 23 selected Roland synthesizers and drum machines, from 1973 until 1987, that revolutionized the world of electronic music.

The book features over 384 pages, filled with portraits of the machines, detailed insight into the history and scores of artist interviews.

It features Lee “Scratch” Perry, Au Revoir Simone, Portishead, Nightmares On Wax, The Hacker, Jeff Mills, The Egyptian Lover, Plastikman, Mathew Jonson, Legowelt, Martyn Ware and many more… Continue reading

Roland AIRA Modular Effects & AIRA Module Customizer Overview

At Musikmesse 2015, Roland introduced not one, but three Eurorack systems:

This video, via RockoNCompany, takes a look at the new modular effects and how they can be customizes using a desktop AIRA Module Customizer app.

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New Roland Eurorack Effects Modules Introduced At Musikmesse


At Musikmesse 2015, Roland has introduced a new line of Eurorack effects modules, along with the System-1m rack modular synthesizer.

The new modules are standalone, table-top and Eurorack compatible effects that Roland says are ‘for next-level sound mangling and experimentation’.

The modules include distortion, crusher, delay and scatter.

Here’s a video intro to the new modular systems:

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Roland Unleashes JD-Xa Analog + Digital Crossover Synthesizer


At Musikmesse 2015, Roland today introduced the JD-XA – a unique crossover synth that they say brings together analog warmth and digital versatility in one no-compromise instrument.

First, there’s a four-part, all-analog ‘monster’, with true analog filters and a direct dry output.

Next up is a four-part digital engine, powered by Roland’s SuperNATURAL synth technology, plus an impressive selection of potent effects

The JD-XA’s engines can be used independently or interactively, providing an incredibly flexible platform for sound design, studio work, and live performance. Use the analog and digital parts side by side, stack them up for total sonic devastation, or shape digital waveforms via the analog filters.

Here’s the official intro video: Continue reading