Roland A-01 Hands-On Demo Videos

2016 NAMM Show: Roland shared this series of video demos that take a look at getting started with the new A-01 MIDI controller and 8-bit synthesizer.

The A-01 is one of the more surprising introductions at this year’s NAMM Show, because it offers a unique sound and a quirky collection of capabilities: Continue reading

Roland EC-10 Electronic Layered Cajon Hands-On Demo

One of the more unusual introductions at the 2016 NAMM Show was the Roland EL Cajon EC-10 – an acoustic + electronic hybrid cajon that combines acoustic cajon performance with the ability to layer in 808 and other electronically-generated sounds.

So, if you’re looking for a hard kick in your cajones, look no further. Continue reading

When Roland Goes Modular

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Roland shared this mini-documentary, When Roland Goes Modular, that looks at the history of the company’s modular synthesizers.

The video includes looks at two of the classics of analog modular synthesis: the Roland SYSTEM-700 and SYSTEM-100m. Continue reading

Roland A-01 MIDI Controller & 8-Bit Synthesizer Overview & Demo

At the 2016 NAMM Show, held in Anaheim, CA Jan 21-24, Roland introduced the A-01 – an  hybrid mobile MIDI controller and 8-bit synthesizer.

Here’s a video overview from Roland’s Peter Brown, that covers the A-01’s features.

See the video below for some audio demos of the A-01’s 8-bit synthesizer: Continue reading

Roland AIRA Modular Customizer Update Adds 16 New Modules

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2016 NAMM Show: Roland has updated the AIRA Modular Customizer app, adding 16 new modules.

The new modules include:

  • SHORT DELAY
  • TUBE CLIP
  • COMPRESSOR
  • NOISE GATE
  • 3 BAND EQ
  • LOGIC OPERATION
  • CROSS FADER
  • SWITCHER
  • ENVELOPER
  • TRIGGER TO LFO RATE CV
  • FILTER 18dB
  • FILTER 24dB
  • FORMANT FILTER
  • SAW OSCILLATOR
  • SQR OSCILLATOR
  • MIDI NOTE TO CV/GATE

Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading

Roland EL Cajon EC-10 Combines Acoustic + Electronic Percussion

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At the 2016 NAMM Show, Roland has introduced the EC-10 EL Cajon, an acoustic + electronic hybrid cajon that combines acoustic cajon performance with the ability to layer in 808 and other electronically-generated sounds.

In the performance demo below, percussionist Heidi Joubert features both the acoustic and some of the electronically generated sounds of the EL Cajon: Continue reading

Roland Intros System-500 Complete Set ‘A Modern Classic’

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At the 2016 NAMM Show, Roland is introducing the SYSTEM-500 Complete Set – an all-in-one modular synth that they call ‘a modern classic’.

The Roland System-500 Complete Set is based on the classic SYSTEM-700 and SYSTEM-100M,. Made for Eurorack format, it’s a complete system, with multiple oscillators, filters and effects. It comes in a custom case with patch cables.

Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading