Arpangel wrote:Roland have lost there way to a certain extent.
Roland have certainly produced some great devices since the JP8! Let's not forget the Junos (not my personal favourite, but much loved by many), JX (including my beloved MKS-70), JD, JV, XV and even the Integra 7. The JP-80 is a decent performance keyboard, though calling it a 'Jupiter' was, at best. misguided, IMHO.
But Roland do seem to make some odd design decisions. Emulations of classic synths are one thing, but to then package these in tiny boxes, with half the voice allocation of the originals is, to me, very odd. Along came the System 8, with its fabulous synth engine and innovative 'plug-out' concept, but locked inside hardware more suited to a home keyboard.
The Jupiter X seems worth a look, but why take a step back from full ACB for this one when the hardware seems finally worthy of it? And the XM - I don't get it. Yet another mini keyboard and built-in speakers!? Does the world constantly travel backwards and forwards with these things tucked under their arm? I'm unconvinced. If they sell by the bucketload, then good luck to them.
If they didn't sell they wouldn't make them, so somebody's needs are being met - just maybe not yours and mine.