Roland Zenbeats Updated With Full Bluetooth MIDI Support & More

Roland released an update to Zenbeats, its cross-platform music software for Android, ChromeOS, iOS, Windows, and macOS.

Roland Zenbeats 1.2 adds Bluetooth MIDI integration for mobile devices and Zenbeats MultiVerb, a brand-new effect featuring multiple halls, rooms, and plate reverb effects, which bring dimension and depth to a track.

Here’s what’s new in Zenbeats 1.2:

  • Bluetooth MIDI Support
  • Zenbeats MultiVerb with classic halls, room and plate reverb effects (requires platform unlock)
  • MIDI Effect Routing: Added option to record the output of MIDI effects to the track
  • Touch Navigation improvements: Can now scroll around your project and editors with natural gestures
  • New Plugin Compatibility Options to help with external plugins that do not conform to device sample rate or buffer size
  • Plugin Browser: Added Filters to display plugins by developer and plugin type
  • Roland Cloud integration allows paid Roland Cloud members and Roland Account holders to use instruments–including ZENOLOGY–with no purchase required.
  • Three new sound packs for Ultimate owners: Tone Ringer’s electric pianos, atmospheric sounds in Ambient Dreamscaper 2, and Indie Drums’ new rock drum kits.
  • Plug & Play functionality for Android with Roland A-88MKII MIDI Keyboard Controller.
  • A new fader style for Mixer, gesture scrolling, Drum Machine optimizations, and plug-in browser organization.

Note that updates vary slightly by platform.

Pricing and Availability

Zenbeats is available as a free download, but advanced features, instruments and sound libraries are available as in-app purchases.

7 thoughts on “Roland Zenbeats Updated With Full Bluetooth MIDI Support & More

  1. I previously installed 1.0.0 and gave it a try. Not bad really. Looking forward to this 1.2 update, though I still use other more full-featured DAWs primarily.

    What worries me is that asking people to use a DAW is asking for a commitment. Roland hasn’t always committed beyond a few years to their own products. I hope that changes.

    Maybe there’s hope. Roland have just provided better pricing options for cloud along with options to buy permanent licences for the VSTs. So maybe they’ve got something.

  2. I’m using it on Mac and iPad. I’m done with anything else on iPad. Roland provides online training through the Roland Cloud Academy. Direct interaction with Roland product specialists. They do not consider it a DAW but you can do a lot with it. Free on mobile and $50 on Mac. What’s not to like?

  3. I’ve stopped using anything else on my iPad. I also use it on Mac. Roland offers free interactive courses with product specialists. The do not consider it a DAW. Well worth a look IMHO.

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