Today, and in a surprising move, Roland has announced a host of new products ahead of 909Day. Hardware announcements include the JU-06A boutique synth, the Roland Fantom, the MC101 & MC707, and the Jupiter X & Jupiter Xm. Below, you'll find more information about each piece, as well as pictures.
An update to the JU-06 boutique, now called the JU-06A, and is based on their both the legendary Juno 106 and Juno 60. The engines can be toggled via a switch. The ribbon controllers have been removed. Connections remain the same.
A new flagship series workstation keyboard for Roland, the new line of synths feature Roland’s latest synthesizer technologies with fluid operation, an intuitive color touchscreen, and deep computer integration. FANTOM instruments also offer superb playability and feature rugged, tour-ready construction to meet the demands of everyday life on the road.
Price: $3,999.99, $3,599.99, and $3,299.99
MC707 & MC101
Roland's synth/sequencer/sampler MC line has been dormant for quite some time, but Roland is reviving the namesake with the newest editions of the 101 & 707. The self-contained grooveboxes feature new technology and connections that producers new and seasoned will find appealing. Especially if they are interested in making computer free music.
Price: $999, $499
Jupiter X & Jupiter Xm
Perhaps the biggest of the announcements is the new Jupiter X/Xm. The new addition to the Jupiter name combines Roland's greatest synths and drum machines into a modern workhorse of a synth. With classic styling and a powerful synth engine, Roland aims to make this a must for modern players and producers.
Price: $2499 and $1499
For more information, head over to www.roland.com