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

Roland JD-Xi Webinar

Roland JD-Xi Webinar

via Ed Diaz:

In this first webinar, I wanted to take a more in-depth look at the [Roland] JD-Xi.

In future webinars, we will cover other synths such as the FA-06/08, GAIA SH-01, FANTOM-G, FANTOM-X, and V-SYNTH GT.

Please check it out and hopefully we not only learn a lot, but let’s also have fun. Thanks for your support. -Ed.

The webinar is scheduled to begin at Noon (Central US time), Saturday, March 14.

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

Beatmaking With The Roland JD-Xi Synthesizer

This video, via PortalKlawiszowy, takes a look at beatmaking with the Roland JD-Xi synthesizer, introduced at the 2015 NAMM Show.

The Roland JD-Xi marks the company’s return to analog. Instead of doing a reissue of one of the company’s many analog classics, though, Roland’s latest synth is a completely new design.  Continue reading

Roland AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer In Depth

The Roland AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer was one of the most interesting introductions at the 2015 NAMM Show. The MX-1 is a deep, powerful device, though, that’s hard to understand from an overview from the NAMM Show floor.

In this video, via SweetwaterSound, Roland Group Strategy Manager Brandon Ryan provides an in-depth look at the MX-1 and how it differs from traditional mixers.  Continue reading