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30th Anniversary of MIDI Video via Roland

30th Anniversary of MIDI Video via Roland

It all began in early 1980′s when two electronic musical instruments pioneers, Dave Smith and Ikutaro Kakehashi shared a vision of synthesizers with different manufactures communicating with each other and connecting to computers with one simple interface. Along with other manufactures, in Japan and in the United States they collaborated to develop the Musical Instrument Digital Interface specification or MIDI for short. The first two products equipped with MIDI technology was Prophet 600 and Jupiter-6 from Roland which was presented at the Winter Namm Show from January 1983.


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Roland announces Mobile AC Acoustic Chorus Amp, the ultra compact and battery powered amplifier for acoustic guitar

Roland announces Mobile AC Acoustic Chorus Amp, the ultra compact and battery powered amplifier for acoustic guitar

Roland has announced the immediate availability of Roland Mobile AC Acoustic Guitar Amplifier, affordable, ultra compact and battery powered. Roland Mobile AC Acoustic Guitar Amplifier is ideal for both playing and singing, including beginning guitar students, open-mic and street performers, and anyone that desires a convenient, go-anywhere amp to use with their acoustic-electric guitar.


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Mobile BA – Battery Powered Stereo Amplifier, the new gadget from Roland

Mobile BA – Battery Powered Stereo Amplifier, the new gadget from Roland

In the end, it is all about having fun. It is weighting less than 2.5 kg so it is light enough for a child to carry. It is Mobile BA Battery Powered Stereo Amplifier from Roland, a super compact PA gadget that runs on batteries (also on AC power) to provide high-quality sound for voice and music playback.

Roland Mobile BA is the newest and smallest member of Roland’s popular BA-series lineup of all-in-one portable PAs. A simple-to-operate three-channel mixer provides independent volume control of input sources connected to the Roland Mobile BA. Inputs include a MIC channel, stereo LINE channel, and a PC/AUDIO channel with an 1/8-inch stereo mini jack and stereo RCA jacks for connecting an iPod®, laptop computer, smartphone, CD player, or other music playback device.


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Roland has launched The INTEGRA-7 SuperNatural Sound Module

Roland has launched The INTEGRA-7 SuperNatural Sound Module

Roland has launched INTEGRA-7 SuperNATURAL Sound Module, a rack unit loaded with over 6000 sounds, SuperNATURAL sounds, PCM sounds, and all 12 SRX expansion boards. Roland INTEGRA-7 rack module also comprises a “greatest hits” collection of sounds from Roland’s flagship keyboards and modules, and is loaded with SuperNATURAL drum kit sounds derived from V-Drums. In addition, the Roland INTEGRA-7 introduces a new technology called Motional Surround, a 17-part ambience engine (16 internal parts plus one external part) that lets users graphically control the distance and position of each part within a 360-degree sound field.

Housed in a stylish and rugged metal chassis, the Roland INTEGRA-7 is beautifully designed and built to withstand decades of use, whether in a studio or a touring road rack. The internal components are premium grade, including high-quality, low-noise D/A converters. Roland INTEGRA-7 comes with multiple dedicated effects engines, so users don’t have to worry about CPU load. Each of the 16 parts can have their own multi-effects and EQ, rather than sharing the same effects for all parts.


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BOSS eBand JS-10 named Namm “Best in Show”

BOSS eBand JS-10 named Namm “Best in Show”

Industry experts from US gathered in Nashville this month during Summer NAMM and selected the new BOSS eBand® JS-10 among top new gear in the semi-annual “Best in Show” category. Unveiled by BOSS earlier this summer and now available in select retailers across the U.S., the eBand JS-10 Audio Player with built-in effects features a compact, all-in-one companion for guitarists, bassists, and singers. This plug and play Jam Station makes practicing convenient and fun.

Packed with the latest GT-100 equivalent COSM® amps and effects, over 350 onboard jam tracks, WAV/MP3 playback, and more, the JS-10 expands on the feature set that made its predecessor, the eBand JS-8, such a big hit. The pitch and/or tempo of any audio played by the JS-10 can be freely adjusted, and a Center Cancel function is provided for removing solos and vocals from commercial tracks. A 2.1 sound system also delivers a big, rich sound that defies the unit’s small footprint.


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GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster is now available

GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster is now available

Roland has announced the immediate availability of GC-1 GK-Ready Stratocaster. One of the V-Guitar series, this professional-level electric guitar combines an authentic Stratocaster guitar and a special Roland divided pickup with a 13-pin output, enabling it to be used with both standard guitar equipment and revolutionary Roland V-Guitar category products like the GR-55 and VG-99.

Universally recognized as leading pioneers in the music products industry, Roland and Fender have enjoyed a productive partnership for a number of years. Bringing their unique strengths together to enhance and expand the potential of the world’s most popular instrument, they’ve jointly developed a number of electronic guitar products, such as VG Stratocaster guitar, and Legend series compact pedals.


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New V-Guitar The G-5 VG Stratocaster from Roland and Fender is now available

New V-Guitar The G-5 VG Stratocaster from Roland and Fender is now available

Roland and Fender has announced the immediate availability of G-5. Combining Roland’s COSM modeling with Fender’s classic Stratocaster guitar, the G-5 VG Stratocaster gives players instant alternate tunings, a wide selection of electric, acoustic and 12-string guitar models, and more – all easily accessible with standard controls on the front of the instrument.

In 2007, the two legendary companies joined forces to create the VG Stratocaster guitar, the first instrument to blend Roland’s digital technologies with Fender’s iconic solid-body guitar. The G-5 represents the next generation in this important partnership, which aims to enhance and expand the potential of the guitar through the seamless integration of familiar, world-class instrument design and latest digital processing.


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Roland unveils Jupiter-50 Synthesizer

Roland unveils Jupiter-50 Synthesizer

Roland has announced Jupiter-50 Synthesizer, the second release in its contemporary generation of Jupiter family keyboards. Four separate sound engines can be stacked together to create classic fat synth tones and massive voices. The lightweight, streamlined design also makes it an essential keyboard for players everywhere.

Inside, Roland Jupiter-50 comes with a sound engine that is the sonic equal of its big brother, containing all of the SuperNatural synthesizer and acoustic tones found in the Jupiter-80. Users can even import Jupiter-80 sound data into the Jupiter-50 or utilize powerful onboard multi-effects and reverb for studio-quality sound processing.


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Cakewalk announces Sonar X1 Expanded

Cakewalk announces Sonar X1 Expanded

Cakewalk today announces Sonar X1 Expanded, providing new capability for Sonar Producer customers. Sonar X1 Expanded provides Sonar Producer users with additional functionality to extend an already impressive toolset and take their productions to new heights along with new delivery options.


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Cakewalk announces PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate Module For Sonar X1 Producer Expanded

Cakewalk announces PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate Module For Sonar X1 Producer Expanded

Cakewalk today announces The PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate Module for Sonar X1 Producer Expanded customers. The PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate Module is crafted by the Cakewalk DSP team and rounds out the legendary, vintage-style, ProChannel modeling. The PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate Module features a classic design providing gate function to remove unwanted sound from a signal and upward expansion, employed by countless engineers to expand the dynamics of vocals and instruments. The PC4K S-Type Expander / Gate can be toggled between Gate and Expander mode, has standardized Threshold, Ratio & Range controls, and switches to enable Fast Attack and side chain input.

Cakewalk Sonar X1 Producer‘s ProChannel console strip already provides a number of options to get pro-studio sound in the box. Its highly musical EQ, PC76 U-Type/classic FET and PC4K S-Type bus compressors, tube saturation, and flexible drag & drop routing make it a powerful Sonar X1 asset.

Cakewalk Sonar X1 Expanded delivers fully modular capability to the ProChannel providing flexible customization options. ProChannel strips can be customized to have any combination of installed modules available on any channel. Favorite combinations can be set as default for tracks and busses.