Roland JD-Xi Synth Announced at NAMM 2015
The new Roland JD-Xi Interactive Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer really had people talking at NAMM 2015 this year and quite rightly so.
The JD-Xi is best described as a hybrid analog synth with a tagline that offers musicians the best of both worlds; the modern features and flexibility of digital combined with warm classic analog.
The Roland JD-Xi is a mini-synth that offers an analog monosynth, dual digital synths, 808-style drum sequencing and a digital effects section. It has 37 keys and you can play and sequence up to four sections.
- The Analog Synth Engine: It’s true analog (not modeled) and features saw, triangle, and square waveforms with pulse-width modulation and an analog filter, plus an independent sub oscillator for low-end power.
- The Digital synth: A wide range of PCM tones – aptly titled SuperNATURAL tones by Roland offers 128-voice polyphony making it versatile and suitable for basically any genre of music
- The Drum Section: Also PCM based, the drum section includes a ton of electronic and acoustic kits. You can easily tweak any kit using the filter, envelope, pitch, and pan parameters and drum assignments are handily labeled above the keys.
- The Pattern Sequencer: You get four separate tracks on the sequencer – two digital synth parts, analog synth, and drums – so you can build phat, rich sounding loops for any genre. it also boast versatile recording options from real-time recording to step recording and even a special TR-REC mode for fans of Roland’s TR-series Beatbox programming style of recording.
Roland JD-Xi Features at a glance
- Interactive crossover synthesizer with analog and digital sound engines
- Analog synth section provides authentic lead and bass tones
- Two digital synth sections with SuperNATURAL synth tones and 128-voice total polyphony
- Four-track pattern sequencer and high-quality rhythm sounds
- Included gooseneck mic for use with built-in Vocoder and AutoPitch
- Process sounds with four simultaneous effects (Effect 1/2, Delay, Reverb)
- USB for audio/MIDI communication with computer music software
- Includes a large selection of ready-to-play sounds and patterns
- Additional sounds and patterns available for download at Roland’s Axial sound library site
Watch Dorian Concept perform m on the Roland JD-Xi