The Roland Magazine


Retro: Jupiter-8

If you’re in the business of naming hardware synths, a suitably lofty moniker for your creation is paramount. Think big. In fact, the bigger the better. We’ve seen some grandiose titles through the years, but surely none compare to Jupiter, the name Roland chose to bestow on their biggest – and undoubtedly most collectable – decade-defining polysynth of all time…words: Oz Owen. God complex? Launched in 1981, the Jupiter-8 (or JP-8) is an analogue behemoth that became the pinnacle of Roland’s ‘Roman’ range of synths. In Roman mythology Jupiter was /the/ god. Not just “a” god, but the “king of…

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The Best Roland USB Audio Interface for Your Recording Needs

Explore all eight models in Roland’s USB audio interface family, discover the key technologies that make them so capable and see which one offers the most figurative bangs for your recording bucks From basic 2-in/2-out boxes to professional multi-I/O recording powerhouses, there’s at least one model in Roland’s eight-strong fleet of USB USB audio interfaces


Massive Attack in the studio with Roland AIRA

Bristol-based legends Massive Attack, discuss recreating the classics, the power of the 808 and why you should make music with your ears not your eyes Massive Attack have been pushing the boundaries since the mid ‘80s, effortlessly fusing music with politics and controversy like no other band. They’re also masters of the collaboration, working with


Download the Nick Rhodes JD-XA Synth Collection now

An exclusive bank of sounds for JD-XA synth owners, programmed by Nick Rhodes Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes is one of the best-known synth players on the planet and since the early 80s, Roland synths have become an integral part of the Duran Duran sound. Back in 1982, Nick used the Roland Jupiter-4 to create the


DJ Pierre shares his love for AIRA and the new JU-06 Roland Boutique synth

Roland catches up with DJ Pierre at his beloved ADE festival in Amsterdam to hear how he invented the Acid sound with a TB-303, and how AIRA and the new Roland Boutique synths have captured his heart. Hailing from Chicago, DJ Pierre created the prototype sound of Acid House with his Roland TB-303 on Phuture’s

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Create your perfect Roland piano with the Piano Designer app

Connect supported Roland digital pianos to the free Piano Designer app and you can control all of the characteristics to personalise your sound Roland digital pianos include a wide range of piano sounds, keeping you interested and making practice more varied and enjoyable. But what about once you’ve tried the preset models? With most digital

  How To Guides

10 more ways guaranteed to quickly improve your music production

We share 10 more music production quick wins that any home recording studio can benefit from This is part two in a series of articles on getting the best possible sound with your music production. Although technology has made it easier than ever to record music, you still have to know the basics to create


Nick Rhodes on the Roland synths that drive Duran Duran

Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes talks about the Roland synths that help shape the band’s sound. Nick Rhodes knows a great synthesizer when he plays one. As co-founder of British new wave icons Duran Duran, this keys legend penned the parts that were whistled by a million milkmen and helped the band’s ’80s singles fly

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5 ways a Roland TD-25 module will help boost your drumming

The Roland TD-25 electronic drum module has a host of great built-in tools to help you develop killer technique and get excited about practising A great sound module is at the heart of any good electronic drum kit. As the newest kit in the Roland V-Drums range, the TD-25KV is driven by the Roland TD-25


Modular synth mayhem; behind the scenes of Quantum Break

Petri Alanko on composing for Quantum Break with Roland AIRA System-1M Petri Alanko has your dream job. As producer, composer and sound designer for the world’s best video games, he’s scored music and created the atmosphere for a diverse range of games including Alan Wake, Trials Fusion, MotoHeroz and Death Rally. In 2016, you’ll be


KiNK shows the power of the new Roland MX-1 Ableton Live integration

KiNK road tests the Roland MX-1 Mix Performer’s new Ableton Live mode, at an exclusive session fresh from ADE 2015. The Roland MX-1 Mix Performer can now control Ableton LIVE. The collaboration was unveiled at ADE 2015, with an exclusive performance from KiNK – one of the most tech-savvy DJs around – who was only