Roland Boutique Synth Line – Watch the video
When the Roland Boutique Synth Line was announced in a teaser video it didn’t take rocket science to figure out that what the tech giant was intending with this new range – smaller, modular, virtual analogue versions of some of their classic vintage synths.
This seems to be the way a lot of companies are going now. Portability and affordability seems to be the name of the game for big tech companies sitting on a vast amount of legacy technology.
Recently Yamaha announced their Reface line of synths and keyboards that will soon be available and just yesterday we brought you news on the Novation Circuit, another massively portable device that makes use of Novation’s synth and Launchpad technology in one small, compact unit.
But this new video showing off the Roland Boutique Synth Line not only confirms what everybody thought, it has also got out pretty darn excited for what looks like a very clever idea.
Each of the following vintage synths; the Roland Jupiter-8, Juno-106 and JX-3P are now available as compact modular versions of the former and are officially branded as the JP-08, JU-06 and JX-03.
To top off what looks like a really cool Roland Boutique Synth Line of modular toys to play with they’ve also added the K-25m, a keyboard docking station into which any one of the three Boutique modular synths slots neatly into.
Naturally if you’re in your studio you can simply use any one of the Roland Boutique Synth Line models with your favourite midi keyboard but for mobile use, the K-25m along with one (or all 3) modular synths plus your laptop will give you tons of fun anywhere, anytime as they all have a built-in speaker, adding to the portability and flexibility of these units. They can also be battery powered – bonus! There’s also a 16-step sequencer included, editing features and a 24bit 44.1kHz micro USB audio and MIDI interface.
They’ve not released any prices yet nor have they indicated exactly when the Roland Boutique Synth Line will be available, but hopefully before Xmas ‘cos Santa has some deliveries to make!!!
Watch this space…
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