Roland Announces ‘Aira House Originator’ Events In NYC, Minneapolis, Atlanta

Roland_AIRA_House_Originators_SeriesRoland has announced a series of Aira House Originator events, in NYC, Minneapolis and Atlanta.

The events will feature Roland’s AIRA Crew and a local originator of a style or movement in electronic music. The ‘originators’ include producers Frankie Bones, Freddy Fresh, DJ Pierre (Phuture) and others.

The events are designed for musicians and music aficionados to be able to learn about both the history and technology of electronic music production and performance.  Continue reading

V-Accordion Update Offers Extended Looper Functionality, Updated Orchestral Options

Roland-FR-8x-V2-v-accordionRoland has announced a major system update for the FR-8x, the flagship of their V-Accordion lineup.

FR-8x Version 2.0 software adds new drum and orchestral parameters, increased control of audio files, extended looper functionality, updated Orchestra Chord voicing capabilities and more.

The V-Accordion line is an electronic instrument that brings combines features familiar to keyboardists, like MIDI support, synth capabilities, orchestral sound libraries and microtuning support, with traditional accordion control.

Here’s what’s new in FR-8x V-Accordion Version 2.0: Continue reading

Roland Intros SH-2 Plug-Out Software Synthesizer

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Roland today announced the SH-2 Plug-Out Software Synthesizer – a recreation of the classic SH-2 synthesizer from 1979.

The Roland SH-2 is a classic 2-oscillator plus sub-oscillator monosynth. The SH-2 Plug-Out software synth is a recreation of the vintage keyboard, based on Roland’s Analog Circuit Behavior technology. Continue reading

Roland HS-5 Session Mixer Gives Up To 5 Users Custom Mixes

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Roland today announced the HS-5 Session Mixer, a digital mixer and recording interface that lets up to five musicians play and record together, with individual headphone mixes.

Players have individual hands-on control of their personal mix, plus access to reverb and COSM effects for guitar, bass, and vocals. Bands can capture stereo recordings directly to a USB thumb drive, or connect the HS-5 to a computer via a USB cable and record each channel to individual tracks in a DAW.

Additionally, each musician’s personalized settings can be saved for instant recall, providing quick setup for future rehearsals and recording sessions. Continue reading