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Come In No. 7

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.

Dial-A-Dream

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.

Eighth Wonder

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.

Groove Electronics MIDI Interfaces

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.

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.

Monologue

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.

Return of the Big Synth

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.

Rock 'n' Roll and D-5

Review | Micro Music, Aug/Sep 1989

Could this be the ideal keyboard for computer musicians? John Renwick finds out

Roland 106 vs Yamaha DX9

Review | Electronic Soundmaker & Computer Music, May 1984

Mutually exclusive?

Roland Alpha Juno One

Review | International Musician & Recording World, Feb 1986
Synthcheck

Is small beautiful? Jim Betteridge knows

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...

Roland D20

Review | Music Technology, Oct 1988
LA Synthesiser

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".

Roland D5

Review | Music Technology, Jul 1989
L/A Synthesiser

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?

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.

Roland D70

Review | Music Technology, Jun 1990

Just when you thought it was safe to be blasé about L/A synthesis, Roland introduce a mighty synth sure to re-establish L/A as a current source of sounds. Simon Trask previews Roland's new flagship.

Roland D70

Review | Music Technology, Aug 1990
Super LA Synthesiser

The latest addition to Roland's D-series synths is its new flagship - the D70. Simon Trask puts the "Super LA" synth through its paces and discovers its new Analogue Feel facility.

Roland JD800

Review | Music Technology, Jun 1991
Digital Synthesiser

Roland's latest synth combines the power of digital synthesis with the interactive approach of analogue programming. The pleasure of synthesis returns to the player and to Simon Trask.

Roland Juno 6

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Jul 1982

Roland Juno 6

Review | One Two Testing, Nov 1982
Non-programmable six note poly with arpeggiator

Roland Jupiter 6

Review | Electronic Soundmaker & Computer Music, Oct 1983

Roland's budget Jupiter 8

Roland Jupiter 8

Review | One Two Testing, Nov 1982
64 memory programmable poly with arpeggiator

Roland JV30

Review | Music Technology, Jun 1992
GS Synthesiser

Not simply a stripped-down JV80, Roland's new JV30 has some surprises to add to its minorbuck price tag. Simon Trask test drives a new Roland which could prove a popular buy amongst cost-conscious synth players.

Roland JV80

Review | Music Technology, May 1992
Digital Synthesiser

Roland's latest professional digital synthesiser crosses the frontier between their successful D-series technology and a new generation of Roland synths - without costing a fortune. Simon Trask welcomes the JV80.

Roland JX1

Review | Music Technology, Jul 1991
Performance Synthesiser

If you'd begun to believe that you needed a degree to use any modern synth, think again: think JX1. Simon Trask discovers the truth behind the Japanese "Think SynX Concept" adverts.

 

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