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    Roland Fantom - in-depth SOS review

    Read our full in-depth test report

    With little advance warning, Roland have unleashed a new flagship workstation-cum-synthesizer which builds on the Fantom's legacy with a brand-new design developed from the ground up for modern music production. It comes in three models: Fantom 6 (61 keys), Fantom 7 (76 keys) and the 88-key Fantom 8.  Read the Sound On Sound full in-depth review here.

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    Roland announce new System-500 synth modules

    Malekko collaboration generates four more Eurorack synth modules

    First announced in 2015, Roland’s System-500 modular synth project was notable for a number of reasons....

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    Roland reveal D-05 Linear Synthesizer

    New Roland Boutique module recreates the renowned D-50 Linear Synthesizer from the 1980s

    The sound of the Roland D-50 was a staple of the late 1980s, famously appearing in the intro to Michael...

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    Roland unveil Boutique SH-01 & TR-08 and AIRA sampler 

    Iconic instruments modelled for compact series, SP-404SX reworked for TR-8

    Roland have announced that they will be releasing two modules based on classic products for their Boutique format. The SH-01A...

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    Roland launch SE-02 analogue monosynth

    Studio Electronics collaboration is first in new Boutique Designer Series

    The recent rekindling of Roland’s love affair with all things analogue and modular has taken an exciting new twist...

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    Roland unveil TR-09, TB-03, System-8 & more

    909 Day sees a raft of product announcements

    The dust has now settled from Roland’s 909 Day celebrations and, barring a website crash from too much...

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    Roland officially announce System-500 & power rack

    New Eurorack synth modules and PSU/travel case announced

    Roland officially announce details for the five individual System-500 modules that they previewed at Musikmesse...

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    The Secret Of The Big Red Button

    Synth Secrets

    After more than five years, Synth Secrets reaches its conclusion (and conclusions!). Will we ever look at synthesis in quite the same way again?

    Techniques Jul 2004
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    More Creative Synthesis With Delays

    Synth Secrets

    In the penultimate instalment of this long-running series, we delve deeper into what can be achieved with just a few delays and some creative routing...

    Techniques Jun 2004
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    Roland XV & JV Power User Tips: Part 4

    Programming Masterclass

    In the final part of our series on Roland's family of sound modules, we show you how the more advanced synthesis parameters can breathe life into your patches.

    Techniques Feb 2004
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    Roland XV & JV Power User Tips: Part 3

    Programming Masterclass

    We show you how to edit and save your synth's Patches, and help you maximise the effects potential of your multitimbral setups. Plus there's advice on troubleshooting thorny panning problems, and tips on automating levels without changing your individual sounds.

    Techniques Jan 2004
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    Roland XV & JV Power User Tips: Part 2

    Programming Masterclass

    We untangle the intricacies of the XV file system, as well as track down some useful software utilities and web sites for Roland synth users.

    Techniques Dec 2003
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    Roland XV & JV Power User Tips: Part 1

    Programming Masterclass

    Ubiquitous though Roland's long-lived range of sound modules appear to be, not many users get the best out of the vast synthesis and processing potential they offer. So here's how to coax circus-pony tricks out of your studio workhorse.

    Techniques Nov 2003
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    Synthesizing Acoustic Pianos On The Roland JX10 [Part 3]

    Synth Secrets

    When trying to copy a real piano with an analogue synth, if one patch doesn't quite do it, two just might...

    Techniques Jan 2003
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    Synthesizing Acoustic Pianos On The Roland JX10 [Part 2]

    Synth Secrets

    How did they make that sound on a subtractive synth? We continue to dissect the analogue 'Acoustic Piano' Performance from Roland's 1986-vintage JX10.

    Techniques Dec 2002
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    Synthesizing Acoustic Pianos On The Roland JX10 [Part 1]

    Synth Secrets

    As explained last month, synthesizing the sound of an acoustic piano is difficult, but it can be done reasonably realistically, as the 1986-vintage Roland JX10 shows. We find out how Roland managed it...

    Techniques Nov 2002
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    Figure 1: Synthesizing a cymbal using the Nord Modular.

    Synthesizing Bells

    Synth Secrets

    Having come up last month with a reasonably realistic cymbal patch, it's time to take the principles of synthesizing metallic percussion one stage further, and produce bell sounds. But there's more to this than you might think...

    Techniques Aug 2002
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    Practical Snare Drum Synthesis

    Synth Secrets

    Last month, we revealed just how hideously complex the sound-producing mechanism of the snare drum can be. Nevertheless, synthesizing the sound is not as hard as it seems, as we find out with the aid of a Roland SH101...

    Techniques Apr 2002
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    Synth Secrets Nov 2001 artwork image of timpani and percussion.

    Synthesizing Percussion

    Synth Secrets

    Synth Secrets turns its attention to the synthesis of percussion instruments, beginning with pitched drums.

    Techniques Nov 2001
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    A Final Attempt To Synthesize Guitars

    Synth Secrets

    Having proved that subtractive synthesis of an acoustic guitar is completely impractical, Gordon Reid tries his hand at the electric variety, and deconstructs some past attempts to emulate the sound via analogue means.

    Techniques Oct 2001
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    Figure 1: Top panel of a Roland SH101.

    Roland SH101 & ARP Axxe Brass Synthesis

    Synth Secrets

    Gordon Reid concludes his attempts to adapt an idealised analogue brass patch so that it can be programmed on real synths. This month, he looks at the Roland SH101 and ARP Axxe.

    Techniques Jul 2001

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