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NAMM 09: Further Roland launches

NAMM 09: Further Roland launches
After the excitement of what is pretty universally seen as the product of the show – the Roland V-Piano – Roland has also used this year’s NAMM show to launch nearly 20 new products across its entire portfolio, from drums, through digital pianos, amps and, of course, Boss effects.

The new Boss ME-70 multi-effects unit (pictured) builds on the popular ME-50, with the same ‘stomp box’ ease of use for the guitarist, combined with Roland’s Cosm engine derived from the GT-10, and added EZ Tone and Phrase Loop features, which enables sound-on-sound creation, with up to 38 seconds of recording time. The EZ Tone function allows for fast and easy tone creation via simple effects presets, so players of any level can create superb tones of any genre within seconds.

Next up is the KC-880 stereo keyboard amp, which builds on Roland’s KC sound with a new stereo design, powered through a 320-watt stereo power amplifier, two 12-inch woofers and two horn tweeters. This design delivers the most accurate sonic representation of the performance, with wide, clear full-spectrum sound. New onboard stereo effects such as Tremolo, Rotary, and Reverb, give musicians a whole new range of keyboard and vocal performance possibilities.

With a massive nod back to the 1980s, Roland has re-introduced the shoulder keyboard with the Ax-Synth, the first of the Ax series ever to offer an onboard sound engine, featuring a collection of the best of Roland’s synth sounds.

Created with performance in mind, the AX-Synth allows keyboardists to connect with their audience as guitarists and singers do. Real-time controls such as the Ribbon, Modulation Bar, D Beam, and Assignable Knob controllers give musicians the ability to perform memorable and expressive solos.  When wearing the battery-powered and wireless AX-Synth, keyboardists can create kinetic musical performances, moving freely around the stage without any encumbering wires or cables.  

The AX-Synth features 49 velocity-sensitive keys and is the first shoulder keyboard to include a 128-voice polyphonic sound engine with 256 distinct tones accessible from eight bank buttons.

The new VP-770 Vocal & Ensemble Keyboard, features a newly-developed Vocal Designer effects and high-quality ensemble sounds powered by Roland’s SuperNatural technology.

With a solid wood construction and metal chassis, the VP-770 features a newly enhanced interface, plus onboard sounds applicable across a vast array of musical genres.  A high-quality headset microphone comes standard and provides the best signal path possible in combination with the VP-770’s pristine onboard microphone preamp.

Finally (for now) Roland has introduced the TD-4K electronic drum kit: the latest addition to the V-Drums range. With upgraded sounds, enhanced functionality and a cool new design, the TD-4K is fun to play, comfortable to use, and great for practice.

The TD-4K includes the new TD-4 percussion module which features all-new expressive drum and percussion sounds, as well as new ambience effects, optimised for drums. The included mesh-snare pad features Roland’s patented multi-layer mesh for incredible dynamic response, superior feel and low noise. A newly-designed four-legged drum stand allows flexible and solid positioning of the pads and places the TD-4 module in the centre for easy access. The TD-4K also includes Roland’s natural playing cymbals and expressive hi-hat control, making drummers feel as if they’re playing an acoustic drum kit.

MI Pro has been fortunate to use the Retail Up stand (booth 3605) at the show this year, from where all NAMM show bulletins will be written, uploaded and flashed.

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