Roland has introduced the Jupiter-80 synthesizer, a keyboard that represents a real step forward in realistic-sounding and automatically expressive electronic musical instruments, just as the Jupiter-8 did when it was released back in 1981.
With a sleek design that pays homage to the original model, the 76-key touchscreen-driven Jupiter-80 integrates the highest calibre of analogue modelling, digital synthesis, and Supernatural expressiveness currently available, in one all-round package.
This synthesizer features a complete suite of Supernatural sounds, including piano, brass, strings, guitar and much more and its Supernatural sound engine constantly analyses the user’s playing style, producing continuous authentic performance of the selected sound, without altering the player’s normal technique.
Roland has also unveiled the latest member of the FP digital piano family to get the Supernatural piano technology treatment, the FP-4F.
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This highly acclaimed sound engine allows for seamless variations in tone from pianissimo to fortissimo, notes that fade naturally without looping and three-dimensional sound and response.
The FP-4F is also equipped with Roland’s Ivory Feel-G keyboard with escapement, which gives it a superb grand piano feel, superior touch, natural response and escapement mechanism. The Ivory Feel feature provides excellent moisture absorbency, with the white keys replicating the unique appearance and feel of real ivory keys.
Its onboard Session Partner offers automatic accompaniments in a variety of styles. Users can play along, accompanied by chords, bass, and drums and can create their own chord progressions with full arrangements.
A USB port gives the musician the ability to play along with favourite music files stored on USB flash media. The FP-4 also includes a Centre Cancel function, allowing players to decrease the volume of vocals and melodic instruments heard at the centre of the sound field when playing an audio file.
Two new organs have also been announced by Roland at Musikmesse this week. The C-200 – successor to the popular C-190 – is ideal for traditional organists seeking great sounds and features in a portable instrument. As well as its authentic classical organ sounds, it also provides Harpischord, Fortepiano, Piano and Celesta sounds, which are perfect for Baroque ensembles.
The C-200 features a 76-note virtual dual-manual keyboard with individually defined upper and lower sections, allowing users to achieve true dual-manual performance. It also provides a wide key range for playing piano sounds.
The built-in stereo speaker system provides superb sound and ambience effects emulate the rich sound experience of playing in a large hall or cathedral.
The C-330e-DA delivers high-quality sounds from the Rodgers and Roland digital organ library – suiting a wide range of tastes and styles – ranging from the Baroque era to the large romantic organs of the 19th and 20th centuries.
This instrument also utilises Roland’s newly developed sound module, which reproduces the tone of acoustic pipes that were difficult to replicate in the past. Other features include a new dual-manual tracker-action keyboard and parallel concave pedal board with 30 pedals.
A four-channel digital amplifier and Roland Sound Space ambience technology lets the user choose a virtual room size, wall type and reverb depth to recreate a cathedral, church or concert hall atmosphere. A pair of satellite speakers are another feature that help reproduce the natural soundscape of a real pipe organ.