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Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1992
Roland JV80 & JY30 Synths
Is Roland's new JV80 their best keyboard since the D50? Julian Colbeck thinks it is, as he puts the company's two newest synths to the test.
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Jan 1986
Roland Alpha Juno 1
Roland’s latest analogue poly offers no earth-shattering innovations, but is still a welcome addition to the synth market’s ever-expanding lower end. Or so says Simon Trask, anyway.
Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Jul 1992
In the days before Roland established their reputation for consistently delivering the goods, they turned out some weird and wonderful synths. Peter Forrest lifts the dust cover on the old SH7 monosynth.
Review | Sound On Sound, Mar 1986
Roland Alpha Juno-1
If you're not an FM fan, but are looking for a low-cost polysynth that can double as a MIDI expander, you won't need to look further than Roland's new Alpha Juno-1 according to Mark Jenkins.
Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Apr 1987
Of all the instruments that became popular in the heyday of the "big synth" a few years back, Roland's Jupiter 8 has stood the test of time the best. Tim Goodyer, a self-confessed JP8 addict, explains why.
Review | Music Technology, May 1988
for Roland Jupiter 8 & Juno 6/60
Hands up once-proud owners of a Jupiter 8 or Juno 6/60 who've left their pride and joy to collect dust while they've concentrated on MIDI gear. Tony Wride finds out MIDI can be yours courtesy of Groove Electronics.
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Apr 1984
Solo electronic music composer Boddy gives a personal overview of Roland's mid-price polysynth.
Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1992
With The Roland JD800
One year after reviewing the instrument that brought back knobs and sliders, Julian Colbeck presents an in-depth user report on Roland's flagship JD800 synthesizer.
Review | In Tune, Feb 1986
Roland Alpha Juno-1 Six-Note Polyphonic Synth
Review | Sound On Sound, Apr 1991
Roland JD800 Programmable Synthesizer
Already a strong contender for hot keyboard of the year, Roland's new JD800 puts analogue-style knobs and sliders back on the front panel of a modern digital synth. Julian Colbeck goes "wow"!
L.A. Synthesis: What Is It? - Part 2
Review | Sound On Sound, Jun 1987
Continuing on from last month's review of the Roland D-50 Linear Arithmetic synthesizer, Martin Russ takes a detailed look at the technical aspects of the D-50, liberally sprinkled with excerpts from a rare interview with Mr Ikutaro Kakehashi, President of the Roland Corporation.
Retrospective (Gear) | Topic: Vintage Instruments | Music Technology, Aug 1991
Arp Pro Soloist, Korg Sigma & Roland SH2000
In the early days of analogue synths, reconciling electronics and expression was hard work. Gordon Reid looks at the beginnings of pressure sensitivity.
Review | Sound On Sound, Jul 1993
Roland JV1000 Music Workstation
Does Roland's flagship workstation live up to its promise?
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Jun 1986
Roland JX10 Polysynth
Put two JX8P synths in one box, add a few new facilities, and you have a giant of a synthesiser that harks back to the polyphonic instruments of old. Simon Trask (again) tests a glorious anachronism.
Review | Micro Music, Aug/Sep 1989
Could this be the ideal keyboard for computer musicians? John Renwick finds out
Review | Electronic Soundmaker, May 1984
Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Feb 1986
Big brother to the Alpha Juno 1 comes equipped with a velocity-sensitive, five-octave keyboard, as Simon Trask discovers.
Review | International Musician, Feb 1986
Is small beautiful? Jim Betteridge knows
Review | International Musician, Mar 1986
Big brother of the Alpha Juno-1, Roland's latest addition to the new-look analogue Juno range has its ivories tickled by the estimable Jim Betteridge.
Roland D-50 - Part 1
Review | Sound On Sound, May 1987
Is the future Linear?
Does Roland's new LA synthesizer mean the end of FM is in sight? Martin Russ falls in love with the world's first ever Linear Arithmetic synthesizer whilst trying to find out...
Review | Music Technology, Oct 1988
Roland's latest keyboard combines two currently important concepts: the workstation and the company's own Linear Arithmetic synthesis. Simon Trask test drives the "multi-timbral linear synthesiser muhitrack sequencer".
Review | Music Technology, Jul 1989
Simon Trask investigates the latest and cheapest in an increasingly long line of L/A synths from Roland. But if L/A is the way for you, are you better off with a D5 or a D10?
Review | Sound On Sound, Sep 1989
Roland's D5 is the latest addition to their range of LA synthesizers. Paul Ireson takes a look at a budget keyboard with some great features.
Roland D50 - Part 1
Review | Music Technology, May 1987
Linear Arithmetic Synthesiser
Is this the synth to topple the DX7 from its throne? Will Linear/Arithmetic Synthesis become the programmer's new catchphrase? Will Simon Trask die of a broken heart? Find out in our exclusive review.
Roland D50 Synthesiser - Part 2
Review | Music Technology, Jun 1987
In the second and concluding part of our review, Simon Trask gives the D50's sound potential a more in-depth listening, and has a go at programming, LA-style.