New Editors For The Roland MC-707, MC-101 Grooveboxes

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Developer Momo Müller has released MIDI editors for the Roland MC-707 and MC-101 Grooveboxes.

The editors are designed to give you have direct access to many parameters and to let you select / start scenes and clips directly.

You can also use the plug-in versions to record controller movements in your DAW.

Features:

  • Select / start the Scenes and Clips directly from Editor.
  • Complex sound changes can be made easily and quickly.
  • Direct access to the sound parameters
  • All controllers can be automated.
  • X-Y modulation of all parameters
  • All Scatter variants can be started from the Editor.
  • You can use your MC-707 and MC-101 as a sound module in your DAW

The Editors are available for PC as VST / Standalone 32/64 bit and for MAC as VST / AU / Standalone 64 bit and MAC-M1.

You can preview the MC-707 editor via the video embedded above, and the MC-101 via the video below:

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Pricing and Availability

The Roland MC-707 and MC-101 editors are available now for 6,90€  / $ 7.90.

Roland Jupiter-X, Jupiter-Xm Get Vocal Designer, Cloud Connect Add-Ons

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Roland has introduced two new add-ons for their Jupiter-X and Jupiter-Xm synthesizers: Vocal Designer Model Expansion & Roland Cloud Connect.

Vocal Designer Model Expansion

After connecting a microphone to the rear panel of the JUPITER-X/-Xm, the Vocal Designer Model Expansion allows all types of synthesizer sounds to be controlled and modulated with vocal input. This enables the performer to create textures that blend the organic expression of the voice (the modulator) with a synthesized tone or instrument sound (the carrier).

The Vocal Designer Model Expansion includes 26 different vocal synthesis algorithms, with a wide range of customizable options. And any ZEN-Core tone can be used as a carrier.

In addition to new sounds, the Vocal Designer Model Expansion offers classic vocoder sounds derived from the legendary VP series, including choir and ensemble tones, robot voices, and more. And Roland notes that the Vocal Designer Model Expansion isn’t just for voice. It’s possible to use nearly any analog audio or USB input source as a modulator, including drum machines, guitars, DAW audio tracks, etc.

Audio Demos:

Roland Cloud Connect

Roland Cloud Connect is a new system for the JUPITER-X and JUPITER-Xm, providing wireless access to new sounds on demand.

After plugging the included WC-1 wireless adapter into their instrument, owners can use an iOS/Android mobile app to browse, audition, and install Sound Packs, Wave Expansions, Model Expansions, and more.

Roland Cloud Connect comes with a year of the Pro membership tier of Roland Cloud, including access to over 30,000 sounds, plus the Vocal Designer Model Expansion and other Model Expansions for hardware or software instruments.

Support for the Vocal Designer Model Expansion and Roland Cloud Connect is included with the free Version 2.0 update for the JUPITER-X and JUPITER-Xm.

Pricing and Availability:

The Roland Vocal Designer Model Expansion is available now as a Lifetime Key for $149 USD through Roland Cloud, or it is also included with Roland Cloud Connect Pro membership.

Roland Cloud Connect will be available in January 2022 through authorized U.S. dealers for $99 USD and includes the WC-1 wireless adapter as well as one year of Roland Cloud Connect Pro membership for hardware and software.

Roland JX-08 Synthesizer Brings Back JX-8P In Compact ‘Boutique’ Format

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Roland today introduced the JX-08 Sound Module, the latest addition to the Roland Boutique lineup of compact synthesizers.

The JX-08 offers a scaled-down recreation of the Roland JX-8P, one of the last analog synthesizers produced by the company in the 1980s.  They say that “JX-08 reintroduces the unique sounds of the JX-8P in stunning detail, coupled with powerful new effects, a polyphonic sequencer, and more.”

The JX-08 features expanded polyphony, two-part multitimbral capability, and dual/split modes. It also includes 32 presets from the original hardware and 100-plus new patches tailored to contemporary styles.

Unlike the original JX-8P, the new JX-08 features a full set of hands-on controls, derived from the companion PG-800 programmer unit for the original hardware. Users can store their creations in 256 preset slots for quick recall.

Like all Roland Boutique modules, the JX-08 can run on USB bus power or batteries. It also includes a built-in speaker for mobile sound monitoring. And when mounted in the optional K-25m Keyboard Unit, the JX-08 can be used as a compact, all-in-one synth with 25 velocity-sensitive keys.

The compact JX-08 fits just about anywhere, and with updated USB-C audio/MIDI and full-sized MIDI jacks, you can play and synchronize with almost any piece of gear. There’s also an external clock input, so you can sync to vintage analog instruments or modern Eurorack systems.

Features:

  • 32 original presets, plus over 100 new presets
  • 17 new effect types including JUNO-106 chorus, LO-FI Comp, and Pitch Shifter
  • 64-step, two-part polyphonic sequencer with random pattern generator
  • Onboard arpeggiator
  • Two-part multitimbral for playing multiple patches with dual and split capabilities
  • Expanded polyphony compared to the original hardware
  • EXT CLOCK IN to drive the internal sequencer and arpeggiator

Pricing and Availability

The JX-08 Sound Module will be available in the U.S. in January 2022 for $399.99 USD.

New Roland JD-08 Recreates JD-800 Synthesizer In Boutique Form Factor

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Roland today introduced JD-08 Sound Module, a recreation of the original Roland JD-800 in their compact ‘Boutique’ form-factor.

The JD-08 includes 64 presets from the original, and recreates the four-tone structure, 108 waveforms, and unique two-part multi-effects behind the original JD-800’s sound. It also features a condensed version of the hands-on JD-800 control panel, giving you a wide range of sliders, buttons, and knobs for direct control.

The JD-08 features a built-in USB-C audio/MIDI interface for working with computer production software, along with full-size MIDI I/O for connecting with other MIDI hardware. An external clock input is also available on each unit, allowing users to drive the onboard sequencer and arpeggiator from vintage analog instruments and modern Eurorack systems.

Like all Roland Boutique modules, the JD-08 can run on USB bus power or batteries. It also includes a built-in speaker for mobile sound monitoring. And when mounted in the optional K-25m Keyboard Unit, the JD-08 can be used as a compact, all-in-one synth with 25 velocity-sensitive keys.

Features:

  • Four-part tone structure, multi-phase time variant envelopes, and palette sliders
  • Includes the original 64 presets plus 21 new presets
  • Detailed recreation of the JD-800’s unique two-stage multi-effects section
  • Editable distortion, phaser, spectrum, enhancer, delay, chorus, and reverb
  • 64-step, two-part polyphonic sequencer with random pattern generator
  • Onboard arpeggiator
  • Two-part multitimbral with expanded polyphony
  • EXT CLOCK IN to drive the internal sequencer and arpeggiator

Availability & Pricing

The Roland JD-08 Sound Module will be available in the U.S. in January 2022 for $399.99 USD.

Free Editor For Roland TR-8S, TR-6S Drum Machines

Free Editor For Roland TR-8S, TR-6S Drum Machines
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Roland recently introduced TR-Editor, a free editor application for their TR-8S and TR-6S Rhythm Performer drum machines.

The TR-Editor’s large display and five tabs eliminate the need for menu diving and page scrolling on the hardware while designing kits and sounds. It’s possible to access kit and instrument parameters on a single screen, draw motion data for instant results, and view all parameters for selected FX at one time. Undo and redo are also available for quick revisions and comparing ideas.

A librarian window assists with organizing and managing patterns and kits. Users can access the complete TR library and filter various instrument categories to customize sounds. And, with a keyboard, it’s easier to name and organize patches, kits, and projects.

Features:

  • Standalone graphical editor and librarian for the TR-8S and TR-6S
  • Available for macOS and Windows
  • Manage and edit instruments, kits, effects, and patterns
  • Onscreen motion editing
  • Undo and redo for quick revisions
  • Rename patches, kits, and projects quickly from your computer keyboard
  • FX tab for accessing all INST and MFX parameters

TR-Editor is available for free through Roland Cloud Manager.

Roland JD-800 Software Synth Now Available Via Roland Cloud

Roland JD-800 Software Synth Now Available Via Roland Cloud
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Roland has introduced the JD-800 Software Synthesizer, a software recreation of the classic hardware JD-800.

The original Roland JD-800 is considered by many to be one of the classic digital synths, combining the power of digital synthesis with the hands-on control of classic 70’s analog synths. It featured patches created by Roland’s then Chief Sound Designer Eric Persing, who created many of the most iconic sounds of classic Roland synths, before going on to found Spectrasonics.

The JD-800 Software Synthesizer brings back the classic sound of the original, including the original 64 presets, but also expands on it with expanded polyphony and other modern updates.

Features:

  • 64 original presets, plus 64 new presets
  • Recreation of JD-800’s two-stage, multi-effects section with drag and drop reorder
  • 7 effects: chorus, phaser, enhancer, distortion, spectrum, delay, and reverb
  • Detailed, realistic interface is resizable and includes alternate views
  • Expanded polyphony versus the original hardware
  • VST3, AAX, and AU with support for Apple silicon

Audio Demos:

The JD-800 Software Synthesizer is the newest member of Roland Cloud’s Legendary series, which
includes plug-in versions of the JUNO-60, JUPITER-8, TR-808, TR-909, D-50 and more. See the Roland Cloud site for details.

Roland SP-404 mkII Review & Hands-On Demo

Roland SP-404 mkII Review & Hands-On Demo
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In his latest loopop video, host Ziv Eliraz takes an in-depth look at the new Roland SP-404 mkII, a major update to the SP-404 sampler design.

“I’ve created a comprehensive review, tutorial, and tips and tricks video,” notes Eliraz, “helping people both get to know what it can do, and overcome some of its weaknesses.

The Roland SP-404 MKII features an OLED display, 17 expressive pads, expanded effects, fluid sequencing and sampling, and a massive sample library.

Topics covered:

0:00 Intro
1:35 Overview
6:15 Sample playback
10:55 Speed/pitch
13:10 Input effects
15:10 Bus effects
19:10 Pad fx routing
23:20 Sampling
25:50 Resampling
26:25 Slice & chop
29:00 Sequencing
33:30 Skip back
34:25 DJ mode
36:40 Software
38:50 Obscure shortcuts
40:20 Chords & scales
41:50 Phasing loops
42:25 Saving effects?
42:50 Odd meters
43:10 Loop links
44:10 Loop chokes
44:30 Overdub audio
44:50 Make a synth
45:50 Pros & cons
48:30 Outro

Roland SP-404 mkII Coming In November For $500

Roland SP-404 mkII Coming In November For $500
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Roland has officially introduced the SP-404 MKII, a major update to the SP-404 sampler design with a vivid OLED display, 17 expressive pads, expanded effects, fluid sequencing and sampling, and a massive sample library.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“Lightning-fast boot time, project loading, and sample import will have you knocking out beats in no time. Plus, 16 GB of internal storage give you ample space to store your creations or have your favorite samples at the ready. Whether you’re a beatmaking newbie or an SP pro, you’ll feel right at home with the intuitive layout and classic SP effects, plus a revamped sampling and sequencing workflow, Skip Back Sampling for quick performance capture, DJ mode to mix beats live, and more.

The SP-404MKII makes on the go beatmaking even easier. With its lightweight-yet-rugged design and expanded features, this unit is ideal for making amazing sounding beats on the move. Run it on AA or mobile battery power, capture audio from or stream directly to your mobile device via USB, or collab with a partner using the dual headphones outputs and mic/guitar input.

With the SP-404MKII’s vivid OLED screen and zoomable waveform view, sample editing is smooth?as silk. Chop up samples by tapping out edit points in real time?or?slice samples automatically.?Then finesse them with envelope and pitch shift.?Use the new resampling workflow to re-record patterns and effects layers for detailed sound design. And with?Skip Back Sampling, you can?preserve?those?fire?moments by capturing?up to 25 seconds of audio from your last?jam.?Now, it’s never been easier to?dial in and?cook up?beats?the moment inspiration strikes.”

Features:

  • OLED display for visual waveform editing, full menu access, and more
  • 17 velocity-sensitive, RGB pads with no-click design for smooth playability
  • Faster workflow with quick startup and load times, 16 GB internal storage, low-latency pads, and rapid sample editing
  • Compact, ultra-lightweight design (2.6 lb./1.2 kg) with versatile power options: USB-C, mobile battery (via USB-C port), six AA batteries, or AC adaptor
  • Extensive onboard effects, including SP classics like Vinyl Simulator and DJFX Looper, new Lo-fi, Cassette Simulator, and Resonator effects, and dedicated Vocoder, Auto Pitch, and Guitar Amp Simulator effects for the mic/guitar input
  • 32-voice polyphony, 160 samples per project, and 16 internal projects for expanded programming possibilities
  • Blazing onboard sample editing with real-time or auto-chop mode, auto BPM detect, envelope, pitch shift, and resampling for layering sounds and phrases
  • Pre-loaded sound library with 144 high-quality, professionally recorded samples and patterns
  • Extensive customization options with removable metal faceplate, downloadable outline template, multiple screensavers, and personalized startup logos
  • Upgraded I/O includes 1/4-inch line in/out, 1/4-inch mic/guitar input, 1/4-inch and 1/8-inch headphones outputs, and 1/8-inch TRS MIDI in/out
  • New resampling workflow for re-recording with various effects for detailed sound design
  • Audio capture and streaming supported with mobile devices and computers via USB-C
  • Skip Back Sampling to automatically capture up to 25 seconds of audio from your last performance
  • Bus FX for layering multiple effects, with customizable routing for creating intricate sound textures
  • Adjustable quantization and shuffle percentage across multiple note resolutions to customize swing
  • Pattern sequencer with the ability to create full songs with BPM per bank, ideal for running backing tracks or programming performances
  • Chain patterns for automatic playback and use Pad Link to trigger up to four samples with a single press
  • DJ Mode enables new approaches to live performance by manipulating and mixing two separate audio files
  • SP-404MKII editor software for Mac and Windows provides direct sample access, detailed waveform editing, sample management, pad assignment, and import of MIDI files and legacy SP-404SX and SP-404A projects

Pricing and Availability

The Roland SP-404 mkII is expected to be available in November 2021, with a street price of about $500.

Roland SP-404 MKII A Major Update To Classic Compact Beatmaking Workstation

Roland SP-404 MKII A Major Update To Classic Compact Beatmaking Workstation

Internet music forums are buzzing today about the upcoming Roland SP-404 MKII, a major update to the classic SP-404 compact sampling workstation.

We have not seen an official announcement for the SP-404 MKII yet, but it looks like it will keep the SP-404 workflow, but improve on it with improved pads and controls; faster project loading and sample import; easy project access via 16 GB memory; and more.

Key Features (preliminary):

  • Bang out beats anywhere with AA or mobile battery power
  • Capture audio from or stream direct to your mobile device via USB,
  • Collaborate with a partner using the dual headphone outputs and mic/guitar input.
  • Edit samples with an OLED screen and zoomable waveform view.
  • Chop up samples by tapping out edit points in real time, or use auto chop to slice samples automatically.
  • Shape samples with envelope and pitch shift
  • New resampling workflow lets you re-record patterns and effects layers for detailed sound design.
  • Skip Back Sampling captures up to 25 seconds of audio from your performance.
  • Process, flip, and twist your sounds with classic SP effects and a selection of new effects, including: Lo-fi, Cassette Simulator, Resonator, Vocoder, Auto Pitch, Guitar Amp Simulator and more.
  • Adjustable input quantize and shuffle for custom swing.
  • Pad Link lets you fire multiple samples with a single tap.
  • Roll button for variable note repeat.
  • BPM-per-bank for instant tempo changes.
  • Organize patterns for different sets and chain them together to automate playback.
  • Load 160 samples across each project for expanded performance and beatmaking combinations.

Official details on the Roland SP-404 mkII are still to be announced.

In the meantime, check it out and share your thoughts on the SP-404 mkII in the comments!

Roland Intros 909-Themed Jacket, Hats, Hoodies & More

Roland Intros 909-Themed Jacket, Hats, Hoodies & More

As part of its 909 Day celebration, Roland has introduced a special edition TR-909 Jacket, along with 909-themed hats, t-shirts and hoodies.

Pricing & Availability

The 909 Day 2021 TR-909 Jacket and Roland X BPM Supreme apparel collection are available now, with the following pricing:

  • Roland TR-909 Jacket: $499.09
  • Roland 909 X BPM Pullover Hoodie: $69.95
  • Roland 909 X BPM T-Shirt: $32.95
  • Roland 909 X BPM Snapback Hat: $40