In both a nod to their past and a salute to the future, Roland released a torrent of new products today across the instrumental divide. And these new Jupiter, Juno, Fantom and Groovebox offerings are sure to please even the most skeptical of gear snobs.
The names Roland and Jupiter are nearly synonymous, as the company built its sonic legacy on the reputation of storied synths like the Jupiter-4 and Jupiter-8. The new flagship Jupiter-X (61 keys and available in April 2020 for $2,499) and sibling Jupiter-Xm (37 "slim" keys and available in September 2019 for $1,499) feature authentic reproductions of legacy synths like the Jupiter-8, Juno-106 and SH-101, along with instruments like the XV-5080, RD pianos, TR-808, 909, 707 and more. Of added interest is the I-Arpeggio feature that uses "artificial intelligence" to accompany user performances.
Also introduced today was the new Roland FANTOM lineup. The FANTOM 8 ($3,999.99) FANTOM 7 ($3,599.99), and FANTOM 6 ($3,299.99) will be available in the U.S. in September and feature a range of electronic, acoustic, and hybrid sounds plus an onboard analog filter, a plethora of effects, RGB pads, and a classic TR-REC style pattern sequencer.
Roland also introduced the MC-707 ($999.99) and MC-101 ($499.99) GROOVEBOXES, two self-contained production machines available in the U.S. in September. The MC-707 features eight-track recording, sequencing, sampling, synthesizers, and effects, plus a selection of sounds, loops, and phrases. The MC-101 has all of the sounds, sequencing, and effects of the MC-707 in a compact 4-track, battery-powerable format.
Finally, Roland introduced the Boutique JU-06A, a compact module that combines vintage sounds and functions from Roland’s JUNO 6, 60 and 106 synths. The module includes features like the high-pass filter of the 106 and the envelope-controllableb pulse-width-modulation of the 60, plus a sequencer, interface, trigger in, arpeggiator and more. The JU-06A will be available in the U.S. in September for $399.99.
For more information on these new releases visit www.roland.com