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.
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.
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.
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?
- 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!