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    The History Of Roland: Part 5

    1998-2004

    As Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi celebrates his 75th birthday, we conclude our history of this innovative company by coming right up to the end of 2004...

    Music Business Mar 2005
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    The History Of Roland: Part 4

    1992-1997

    The recession of the early '90s was difficult for many companies — but not Roland. Diversifying still further from their roots as a maker of synthesizers and organs, they emerged stronger, encompassing almost every area of hi-tech musical instrument manufacture.

    Music Business Feb 2005
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    The History Of Roland: Part 3

    1986-1991

    Roland made their name with analogue synths and effects, but by the mid-1980s, they needed to go digital to remain competitive. It was a leap into the unknown for the company, but it ushered in a golden era...

    Music Business Jan 2005
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    The History Of Roland: Part 2

    1979-1985

    This month, we see how Roland survived some tricky times at the start of the 1980s, and how founder Ikutaro Kakehashi ensured that they were well-placed to take advantage of technological developments over the following few years.

    Music Business Dec 2004
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    The History Of Roland: Part 1

    1930-1978

    The Roland name is almost synonymous with music technology — there can't be an SOS reader who has not made use of their instruments at some time. As founder Ikutaro Kakehashi approaches his 75th birthday, we begin a journey through the company's extraordinary history...

    Music Business Nov 2004
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