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Roland Announce Rubix Line Of Audio Interfaces

Roland have announced their new line of portable USB audio interfaces for Mac, PC and iPad. The Rubix line consists of 3 units – The Rubix 22, 24 and the 44 all of which are designed with transparent, low-noise pre-amps and support for audio resolutions up to 24-bit/192kHz.

The Rubix 22 has 2 ins/2 outs, the 24 has 2 ins/4 outs and the 44 as you can probably guess has 4 ins/4 outs. All 3 interfaces also support MIDI I/O and feature combo jack inputs, Hi-Z inputs and headphones outputs. The 24 and 44 also feature a hardware compressor/limiter! A ground lift switch on the back should also help laptop users with ground loop issues. There’s a switchable power source on the 22 and 24 which allows you to power the interfaces with a USB battery when connecting them up to an iPad. The 44 does however require an AC adapter. The activity LEDs are visible from the front and the top of the units, making monitoring signal input from any angle very convenient .

Key Features

  • 2-in/2-out / 2-in/4-out / 4-in/4-out USB audio interface.
  • 2 / 4 low-noise mic preamps with XLR combo jacks.
  • Hardware compressor/limiter (Rubix 24 & Rubix 44).
  • Hi-Z input for guitar and other high impedance sources.
  • MIDI In/Out ports.
  • Extensively shielded, low-noise design.
  • Sturdy and compact metal construction.
  • Easy-to-read indicators show vital information.
  • Low latency, class compliant drivers.
  • Ground lifts for quiet operation in a variety of venues.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite.

Info on pricing & availability yet to be confirmed.

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Roland Launches TD-25K and TD-25KV Electronic Kits

Roland TD-25K

 

Roland hasn’t just been focusing on synths at Musikmesse, they’ve also brought in some new midrange kits in their V-Drums range. A direct replacement for the T15 kit and centered around a new module as well as their well loved mesh-head pads these kits hav ethe same great expressive playability as the larger TD-30’s at a keener price.

The new TD-25 sound modual features behavior modeling inherited from the top-of-the-line TD-30 with sounds that respond organically to the player’s touch meaning that the TD-25 module provides the dynamic, interactive feel that’s essential for reaching the highest levels of musical expression. From rim shots, rolls, flams, and ghost notes on the snare to dramatic crash hits and sustained cymbal swells, every nuance is detailed, accurate, and ultra-smooth.

Additionally, the pads and cymbals in the TD-25KV and TD-25K kits offer the natural playability that have made V-Drums the top choice of pro drummers everywhere. Both kits include mesh-head pads for the snare and toms, providing exceptional feel and response. The TD-25 module supports positional sensing on the snare, and the PDX-100 10-inch snare pad is ideal for taking full advantage of this highly expressive feature.

The TD-25KV includes two PD-85BK 8-inch pads for rack toms and one PDX-100 10-inch pad for floor tom, while the more affordable TD-25K includes two PDX-6 6.5-inch pads for rack toms and one PDX-8 8-inch pad for floor tom. In addition, the TD-25KV comes with two CY-12C 12-inch crash cymbals, while the TD-25K includes one. Both kits also come with one CY-13R 13-inch ride cymbal. The cymbals offer a natural swinging motion and support chokes, bow/edge sounds on crash, and bow/edge/bell sounds on the ride.

Mounting on a standard acoustic hi-hat stand, the VH-11 V-Hi-Hat features up/down motion and bow/edge sounds for an authentic response. Rounding out the kits is the KD-9 Kick Pad, which provides a natural-feel cloth head and rock-solid playability.

To compliment its expressive sound engine, the TD-25 module includes a streamlined interface that makes it easy to select and adjust sounds. A large center dial allows users to quickly choose kits based on the music style they want to play, and sounds can be edited simply by striking a pad and using the module’s knobs to change instruments and adjust tuning, muffling, and levels. Toms can be edited as a group, greatly speeding up the process. Changes to kits are saved automatically, eliminating the need to fuss with extra steps.

The TD-25 module also includes many beneficial features for music practice. Users can play along with WAV and MP3 music tracks stored on USB memory, and songs can be slowed down or looped in specific areas to learn parts. It’s also possible to record drumming performances (along with music playback) as audio files to USB memory for evaluation and sharing. Additionally, users can develop their drumming skills with the convenient onboard Coach functions.

The TD-25 sound module is equipped with a USB host port as well, providing a convenient connection for recording audio and MIDI data directly into DAW software.

Very much the complete package at a midrange price point with the right features to help your drumming abilites grow.

Roland TD-25K Homepage

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The Roland AIRA Modular Synth And Effects Range Unleashed At Musikmesse

Expanding futher on the ARIA range, what we see here is a new, old twist in the shape of the System-1 synth gaining CV/Gate connectors, externals input and a revamp to the available routing options. All this means you can add it into a Eurorack compatible setup for futher modular routing fun and madness. Along with  central System-1m synth the are a number of additional effect modules including the Bitrazer (Bitcrusher), Demora (Delay), Scooper (Loop Recorder and Scatter effect) and Torcido (Distortion effect) which can be added into the setup as well.

Roland System-1m Features

  • Semi-modular synthesizer with PLUG-OUT capability
  • 19 color-coded CV/Gate and audio connections with LED lighting
  • 84 HP Eurorack, tabletop and 19” rack compatible using AC adaptor or Eurorack power
  • Versatile oscillators with six waveforms, Crossmod, Ring Mod, Sync and Color control
  • All parameters controlled with high-resolution knobs and sliders with LED indicators
  • External input for processing external signals through filter, amp and FX section
  • -12 dB and -24 dB filter types with independent high-pass filters
  • Integrated tone, crusher, reverb and delay effects
  • Tempo syncing for LFO and delay
  • 24-bit/96kHz audio and MIDI interface
  • AIRA Link for easy connection to MX-1 Mix Performer
  • Includes rackmount adapter and braided patch cables

Roland System 1m

 

Roland Bitrazer Features

  • Intense bit and sample rate destruction
  • CV/Gate parameter control including sample rate, bit depth, and filter
  • Tabletop unit or 21 HP Eurorack module using AC adaptor or Eurorack power
  • 24-bit knobs with over 16 million steps of resolution
  • Re-programmable via Mac, PC, iOS, Android application
  • 15 patchable submodules, expandable with free updates
  • 2 inputs and 2 outputs with dual-mono or stereo capability
  • AIRA Link compatible
  • 24bit/96kHz audio interface
  • Includes braided patch cables

Roland Bitrazer

Roland Demora Features

  • High-resolution, ultra-smooth delay effect
  • Huge delay range from 20 microseconds to 10 seconds
  • CV/Gate parameter control including delay time, feedback and width
  • Tabletop unit or 21 HP Eurorack module using AC adaptor or Eurorack power
  • 24-bit knobs with over 16 million steps of resolution
  • Re-programmable via Mac, PC, iOS, Android application
  • 15 patchable submodules, expandable with free updates
  • 2 inputs and 2 outputs with dual-mono or stereo capability
  • AIRA Link compatible
  • 24bit/96kHz audio interface
  • Includes braided patch cables

Roland Demora

Roland Scooper Features

  • Single-pass looper with dramatic Scatter effects
  • CV/Gate parameter control including Scatter depth/type, pitch, and filter
  • Tabletop unit or 21 HP Eurorack module using AC adaptor or Eurorack power
  • 24-bit knobs with over 16 million steps of resolution
  • Re-programmable via Mac, PC, iOS, Android application
  • 15 patchable submodules, expandable with free updates
  • 2 inputs and 2 outputs with dual-mono or stereo capability
  • AIRA Link compatible
  • 24bit/96kHz audio interface
  • Includes braided patch cables

Roland Scooper Module

Roland Torcido Features

  • Classic Roland distortion sound
  • CV/Gate parameter control including distortion amount, tone and tube warmth
  • Tabletop unit or 21 HP Eurorack module using AC adaptor or Eurorack power
  • 24-bit “GRF” knobs with over 16 million steps of resolution
  • Re-programmable via Mac, PC, iOS, Android application
  • 15 patchable submodules, expandable with free updates
  • 2 inputs and 2 outputs with dual-mono or stereo capability
  • AIRA Link compatible
  • 24bit/96kHz audio interface
  • Includes braided patch cables

Roland Torcido

The Roland ARIA modular homepage

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Roland JD-XA Finally Unveiled At Musikmesse

Roland jd-xa

 

Roland who are certainly no strangers to the Analog realm recently released the digital/analog hybrid JD-Xi which offered a lot of great features for a very keen price indeed. Now at Messe they have fully unveiled its bigger sibling in the shape of  the JD-XA Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer which will be the flagship of the range.

This 49 key synth offers both a 4 part analog section with true analog filters and direct (dry) output, as well as a 4 part digital engine featuring Rolands own SuperNATURAL synth technology. The two engines can be combined, used independently or even routed through each other, giving a huge amount of flexability to work with during the sound design process. For instance its possible to take the digital signal and route it through the analog filters or take the analog signal (which itself can have 1 effect per part) and then route it back through the digital effects buss for further processing and mangling. The is clearly a lot of possibilities opened up by this method, but it may not become quite how apparent until you get a good look over the feature list itself.

Roland JD-XA Key Features

  • Advanced synthesizer with independent analog and digital sound engines
  • Discrete analog synth engine (four parts) with 2 x OSC, Filter, Amp, 4 x Env (2 x Pitch, Filter, Amp), and 2 x LFO per voice plus Analog Dry Out for raw signal output
  • Analog filter section features 4-Pole, transistor-ladder, and multi-mode (LPF/HPF/BPF) filters with supremely smooth, natural response to knob movements
  • OSC section includes Cross Mod, Ring Mod, and OSC Sync, all of which can be used simultaneously
  • LFO rate covers a wide range from ultra-slow to ultra-fast
  • Incredibly fast attack envelope time
  • Separate digital section built around SuperNATURAL synth engine (four parts, 64 voices) that’s compatible with INTEGRA-7 sound libraries from Roland’s online Axial sound portal
  • Digital parts can be routed through the analog filter section for warm, organic results
  • Comprehensive effects with MFX for all parts plus five system effects (Reverb, TFX1, TFX2, Delay, and Master EQ)
  • Flexible routing options for highly creative sound design
  • Intuitive 16-track pattern sequencer (8 tracks for internal parts, 8 tracks for external parts) for fast creation of songs and loops
  • Onboard USB, MIDI, and CV/GATE interfaces plus flexible MIDI control functionality make the JD-XA the ideal centerpiece for live performance and music production
  • Mic input allows you to modulate synth sounds with your voice and explore classic Vocoder functionality
  • Plenty of backlit knobs, sliders, and controllers for hands-on sound shaping

If that isn’t enough to peak your interest, below is the full spec breakdown for the sound generation section, which we have to say is most impressive.

Roland JD-XA Sound Generator Section

Maximum Polyphony
– Analog Part: 4 voices
– Digital Part: 64 voices (varies according to the sound generator load)
Structure
Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer
– Analog Part: 4 parts (2 OSCs + AUX, 1 Filter, 1 AMP, 2 Pitch ENV, 1 Filter ENV, 1 AMP ENV, 2 LFOs and 1 MOD LFO)
– Digital Part: 4 parts (3 Partial (3 OSCs, 3 Filters, 3 AMPs, Envelops for each section and LFOs)) (Digital Part uses SuperNATURAL Synth tones that is compatible with the Integra-7.)
User Program Memory
– Internal: 256
– USB Flash memory: 256
The patterns of Arpeggio and Sequence are saved as programs.
Analog-OSC Section
– Oscillator waveforms: Saw, Square, Pulse/PWM, Triangle, Sine
– Knobs/Sliders: Pitch, Fine, Cross Mod, Pulse Width, Pulse Width Modulation
– Pitch Envelopes: Attack, Decay, Envelope Depth
– Modulation: Cross Modulation, Ring Modulation, Oscillator Sync
(A-OSC2 is applied as modulation to A-OSC1.)
Analog-FILTER Section
– Filter Type: LPF1, LPF2, LPF3, HPF, BPF, Bypass
– Knobs: Cutoff, Resonance, Key Follow, Envelope Depth, HPF, Drive
– Envelope: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Analog-AMP Section
– Knobs: Level
– Envelope: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Digital-OSC Section
– Oscillator waveforms: Saw, Square, Pulse/PWM, Triangle, Sine, Variation
– Knobs/Sliders: Pitch, Fine, Pulse Width, Pulse Width Modulation
– Pitch Envelopes: Attack, Decay, Envelope Depth
– Modulation: Ring Modulation
(Partial2-OSC is applied as modulation to Partial1-OSC.)
Digital-FILTER Section
– Filter Type: LPF1, LPF2, LPF3, HPF, BPF, Variation, Bypass
– Knobs: Cutoff, Resonance, Key Follow, Envelope Depth, HPF
– Envelope: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
Digital-AMP Section
– Knobs: Level
– Envelope: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
LFO Section
– LFO Waveform: Triangle, Sine, Saw, Square, Sample&Hold, Random
– Knobs/Sliders: Rate, Fade Time, Pitch Depth, Filter Depth, Amp Depth
– Tempo Sync
Mixer Section (For Analog Part)
– Level: A-OSC 1, A-OSC 2, AUX
Mic
– Vocoder
– MIC Modulation
Effects
– MFX: 8 systems, 67 types (each part has a MFX)
– Part EQ: 8 systems (each part has a Part EQ)
– TFX: 2 systems, 29 types
– DELAY
– REVERB: 6 types
– Master EQ
– Mic Input Reverb: 8 types
Pattern Sequencer
Tracks: 16
Patterns are saved as a program.
SMF import supported.
Arpeggio
Preset pattern: 64
Patterns are saved as a program.

All very impressive overall!
If you wish to know even more, check out the introduction videos below.

 

The Roland Range @ Scan

The Roland JD-XA Homepage

Scan e-Cast solution at the BETT show

SCAN E-CAST HUB:

 

Having just returned from the BETT show in London’s docklands last week, it’s probably time to mention the Scan E-cast solution that we were demoing live at the show.

Together with Roland systems group, we were showing how easy it is to webcast using minimal equipment. The secret behind this is a cracking little piece of technology called the Roland VR3 box.

Essentially, is allows you to video switch, audio mix, preview monitors and take advantage of streaming-ready USB output all in a single unit. As a USB Video/Audio class device, web streaming is made easy by simply connecting to a computer running a live streaming service such as USTREAM , Livestream, Stickam, Justin.tv, worshipstream.com, websharelive.com, etc.

OK, I here you say, but what does that mean to me?

 

Well, here’s the plot….

Over the next few years, webcasting will become more prolific.

Already the greatest growth on You Tube has been tutorial lessons on musical instruments. However, with the advent of companies like Virgin Media including You Tube as a channel on your TV, viewers are becoming more discerning. They are calling for higher production values in the videos they watch. It’s no longer enough to see a murky figure, dimly lit, hanging off the edge of a grotty bed, teaching you the solo to “Stairway to Heaven”. Viewers want better quality, and if you’re a guitar teacher giving lessons over Skype for example, the same thing will apply, the better the quality or look of the lesson, the more people will subscribe.

Using a piece of code, written by our own Tom ‘Autobot’ Francis, which uses a Midi switch pedal to control the VR3, the presenter is able to take control of which camera is seen by the viewer (very handy for switching to a close up of the left hand for example), they’re able to control what type of background is showing, spin in various jpegs or images, and control the wipes between camera changes. After a little practice, It’s possible to deliver a very slick presentation, controlling 2 or more cameras, and generally ‘upping your game’ in the video presentation stakes.

The good news is, that although we were lucky enough to have some very high end cameras, pretty much any camera with a composite output will do. You probably have the cameras you need already, and things like the little Go-Pro cameras are awesome.

Working with our partners at Scan Pro Video and Roland Systems Group, we can provide you with a solution for something you didn’t even realise you needed! Take a look at some of the applications below…..

 

 

 

 

Music Lessons for You Tube:

Performances for You Tube/Web sites

Skype lessons over the net.

The SCAN E-Cast hub is an all-in-one solution to Web-streaming and Archiving.

Here are some examples of how it could be used in Education:

Speciality Lessons:

The Hub will enable your School or University to broadcast live to the web or to archive “Speciality Lessons”. Let’s say that you have a teacher or lecturer who has a great lesson on a particular subject. Using this Hub, they would be able to present the lesson and have it simultaneously broadcast to a URL, and/or be stored for use by future classes, extending the life and reach of the lesson content with on-demand versions.

Careers Options:

Imagine subject specific presentations by department heads, explaining which courses would be useful for various careers, and what the pupil’s could expect during the course. The teacher would have the opportunity to ‘sell’ their subject, and have it viewed by the children with their parents at home in their own time.

Events Coverage:

Sports day,  Prize Giving, Music Performances,  Drama performances; All these can be streamed live to the Net, to be watched in real time by parents or invited guests.

Masterclass:

What about a visit from a ‘specialist’. Maybe a Poet or a Musician is coming to school. Capture a performance unique to your school.

Interactive Homework Club:

In conjunction with VOIP, a teacher could stay behind and run a Homework club over the net. Able to answer questions in real time from pupils who are tuned in to the relevant URL.

Demonstrating Teaching Skills for Performance based teaching assessments:

An OFSTED requirement this year.

High Production Value Skype Lessons:

The biggest increase in You Tube traffic has come from tuition videos on the web. However, viewers are becoming discerning, with the move from pc monitors to the living room and companies like Virgin Media featuring You Tube as a channel on your TV, the future will be higher production for private tutors on the net.

 

And for the older students, in Further Education;

We know the popularity of Podcasting, what about the move to Student TV?, or Lectures broadcast as standard to the web, so they can be watched from a sickbed.

Drama workshops or performances streamed live to people who couldn’t make it to the show, or maybe in a BTEC environment, the Hub could be used to assess performance in Music and drama.

More and more colleges and universities are use Webstreaming to record learning activities and campus events, and managing  huge libraries of video-based instruction.

Webstreaming can integrate with your existing classroom and campus systems to make it easy to teach courses online as well as in the Classroom.

The truth is that this technology is the face of the future.

Personalised digital content will be the way of the future, for everyone from families to teachers to rockbands, everyone will have their own outlet to present their ‘thing’ to the world…..

 

  • Reduce the cost of physical events by webcasting events live
  • Extend the life and reach of content with on-demand versions
  • Increase geographical coverage of existing events
  • Generate increased attendance at event with online audience
  • Deliver additional content to online pupils
  • Deliver live, or replay events

ROLAND VR3 AV Mixer 

Roland Namm 2013 Announcements

With the start of what is perhaps the largest show in the music tech calender only days away the announcements are starting to pick up. In what can only be described as a shotgun approach, Roland takes no prisoners by announcing all their product in one deft swoop.

So without further ado for the full line up you can rock on over to http://www.rolandconnect.com/and check the lot!

We’ve had a look through what’s on display and in amongst the guitar pedals & performance keyboards the are a few bits that grab our interest.

Roland Duo Capture MKII

The audio interfaces of course were always going to be the obvious ones. Expanding on the current range of durable recording options we have two new units the first being the Roland Duo Capture.

Roland Duo Capture MK2Roland Duo MK2 end shot

The beauty of smaller interfaces is that everything you need to know is probably on show in those two images; for the full run down however keep reading:

  • Small, convenient audio interface for mobile musicians
  • Compatible with Mac and PC; iPad compatibility via Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit
  • 1/4-inch MIC/GUITAR input with Hi-Z switch for connecting a guitar directly
  • 1/8-inch stereo input; 1/8-inch and 1/4-inch dual headphone outputs
  • Dedicated controls for input and output volume
  • Low-latency ASIO (Windows) and Core Audio (Mac) drivers; input monitor function
  • USB bus powered
  • Cakewalk SONAR X1 LE for Windows included

Roland Studio Capture

Now we get a bit more interesting. When Focusrite announced their new interface last week we mentioned a lack of choice when it comes to interfaces with loads of mic inputs for a reasonable price point. The Roland Studio Capture has 12 of them in a 2U USB based rack solution…. that’s a lot of inputs for a unit of this kind.

Roland Studio Capture Front

Roland Studio Capture Back

Once again the pictures give you a good idea of what we can expect here but its certainly worth going into more detail as the is a lot of features crammed into rather tight space.

  • High-performance USB 2.0 audio interface for studio and mobile production
  • 16 audio inputs and 10 audio outputs, including 12 premium mic preamps (VS PREAMP)
  • VS STREAMING delivers ultra-stable, low-latency driver performance for Windows and Mac
  • AUTO-SENS intelligently sets optimal input levels for all preamps
  • Individual input/output meters and input channel buttons
  • Four independent, software-controlled monitor mixes
  • XLR monitor out, direct monitor, and dual headphone outputs with independent front-panel level knobs
  • Coaxial digital I/O; MIDI I/O with FPT
  • Expand your I/O by using two STUDIO-CAPTUREs together, both controlled with a single driver
  • 2U rackmount ears included

 

I have to say we’re looking forward to seeing how this one does when it lands and at what price point. It offers a lot and at the right price could prove attactive to a lot of studios in various recording senarios.

Roland TD-4KP

So the obvious stuff out of the way, what else do we like the look of? Well we saw some inital details on this a few weeks back and it pop’d up on a few peoples want list on the staff here in Scan. It’s a portable set of V-Drums, whats not to love?

Roland TD-4KP

  • Renowned V-Drums sound and quality in an ultra-portable mobile kit
  • Innovative folding design for quick, compact breakdown and easy transport/storage
  • Includes TD-4 Percussion Sound Module, loaded with expressive sounds, Coach and Quick Record/Play functions, and more
  • Eight pads total: kick, snare, toms x3, hi-hat, crash and ride cymbals; FD-8 Hi-Hat Controller included
  • Snare and tom pads feature cushioned-rubber surfaces for natural playing feel
  • Options: custom carrying case (CB-TDP); mesh-head snare pad (PDX-6 / PDX-8); pad mount (MDH-12); drum accessory package (DAP-3X); drum mat (TDM series)

 

Small, lightweight and portable with the added bonus of being silent once you add headphones. For people living in locations where a large amount of noise could be problematic during practice, this kit offers up an ideal solution. Perfect if your living in a city center flat and don’t want to give up your sticks!

To find all these and more at Scan : Click here

 

Home Piano's: A return to cool……

The Home Piano: A return to cool……

Over the years, all the leading manufacturers, Korg, Yamaha and Roland have enjoyed healthy sales in the area of ‘Home Piano’.

These instruments have evolved over time, from garish looking, Japanese style influenced, plastic wood finished monstrosities that sounded like high end musical boxes, to extremely sleek pieces of furniture with on-board sounds indistinguishable from the real things they emulate, whether that was a Grand piano, an electric piano, or a clavinet/harpsichord.

However, they were always fraught with the idea, that a family would buy one, and then be faced with the extra costs of tuition, books and the possibility that the kids would get bored learning ‘Chopsticks’ and give up on the thing.

So why, are Home Piano sales very much on the rise, and why is piano playing cool again?  

Look no further than You Tube.

Nowadays, your teenage daughter or indeed Dad himself, can find pretty much any song or style they want to learn, and you can almost guarantee someone out there has put up a video showing you how to play it. Just stick your iPad or laptop on the top of the piano, and you’re away…..

With all the ease of the  online video, (slow it down, pull it back, repeat sections), kids are learning to play music they know and like, in a fraction of the time it used to take via traditional methods, and its making piano playing cool again!

Check it out for yourself, go to You Tube and enter ‘Katy Perry Firework’ for example, followed by ‘piano tuition’, and then, when you’ve seen how easy it can be, check back at the Scan site to see our range of very reasonably priced home pianos.

Go on, gather round the Piano this Christmas………….

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