Not content with a major online product launch not so long ago, Roland has followed-up at this year’s NAMM show with a host of new gear.
Where to start is the problem! So how about with some innovative and very different keyboards – the Roland GO-61 Keyboard and Piano Series?
The GO-61K GO:KEYS is aimed at beginning musicians who want to create music with no formal training, while the GO-61P GO:PIANO is dedicated to those who wish to learn to play the piano with no prior experience. The instruments and the onboard sounds are derived from Roland professional synthesisers and pianos, so, the company says, they promise an easy transition to Roland models with more advanced feature sets as playing skills improve. A first for their price point, both models in the series also offer Bluetooth connectivity for added musical and learning possibilities.
Both are battery powered and promise to be low cost, easy to use products.
Roland was also showing the two newest flagship kits in the acclaimed V-Drums line-up, the TD-50KV and TD-50K. Both kits feature the powerful new TD-50 sound module with Prismatic Sound Modelling, as well as the newly developed PD-140DS Digital Snare and CY-140DR Digital Ride. Additional features include user sample playback via SD memory, multi-track recording via USB, balanced audio outputs and more.
For home and project studio owners, Roland debuted its Rubix line of audio interfaces, the Rubix 22, 24 and 44. Each multi-platform interface is carefully engineered to have extremely low noise from input to output, Roland says. The Rubix22 is a 2-in/2-out model with dual mic pre-amps. When coupled with an iPad, it creates a highly portable recording or performance rig. Rubix24 adds two extra outputs and a hardware compressor/limiter for controlling highly dynamic sources. Rubix44 adds two additional mic pre-amps for a total of 4 inputs and 4 outputs.
Roland was also announcing the availability of its four newest digital pianos – the GP607, FP-90, DP603, and RP501R. Each one features Roland SuperNATURAL technology and Bluetooth wireless connectivity options. The GP607 Digital Piano is a stylish and sophisticated mini grand piano for the home, the FP-90 is the latest-generation model in the popular FP series of portable digital pianos, while the DP603 and RP501R are home instruments ideal for modern homes.