Roland Returns To Analog With JD-Xi Synthesizer

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At the 2015 NAMM Show, Roland announced its return to analog synthesizers with the debut of the JD-Xi Interactive Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer.

The Roland JD-Xi is 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.

The JD-Xi is the first in a planned line of hybrid analog synths. A full-size flagship hybrid analog & digital synth, the JD-Xa is also being previewed at the show.

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Roland TR-707 vs AIRA 7X7-TR8

Roland recently introduced the 7X7-TR8 Drum Machine Expansion pack, a new add-on for the TR-8 that adds two new drum machine sound libraries – TR-707 and TR-727.

This video, via harvistful, is an A/B test between the TR8 + 7X&-TR8 Expansion Pack combo vs the original Roland TR-707.  Continue reading

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