Roland has announced a host of new additions to its product range including two new MIDI Keyboard controllers and portable amp and PA systems.
The A-88 and A-49 MIDI Keyboard Controllers feature high-quality keyboards along with a slim, portable design. They also offer USB, MIDI, and Apple iPad compatibility, as well as on-board control of Roland’s SuperNATURAL-powered synths such as the Integra-7, Jupiter-80 and Jupiter-50.
Also being added is an ATUP-EX Upgrade/Expansion Package for the AT-900, AT-900C, and AT-800 Music Atelier organs. The ATUP-EX kit adds ultra-realistic SuperNATURAL voices to the line-up of internal sounds, plus a high-quality pipe organ group from Roland’s Classic series. The upgrade also adds new on-board rhythms with enhanced drum sounds, expanded D-Beam features, new songs and styles, and much more.
The Duo-Capture EX USB Audio Interface is the latest member of its Capture family of products for computer-based recording. It is equipped with pro-quality VS Preamps, flexible mobile power options, iPad compatibility, and a compact, rugged design.
With the development of SuperNATURAL sound and Behaviour Modelling technology, Roland has blurred the boundary between acoustic and electronic instruments. Built upon these core technologies, the new Integra-7 sound module gives musicians the latest SuperNATURAL sounds in a fast-access, fully-stocked 16-part module.
The rack comprises a “greatest hits” collection of sounds from Roland’s flagship keyboards and V-Drums modules, plus all 12 boards in the SRX library. It also features new Motional Surround technology, a 17-part ambience engine that lets you graphically control the distance and position of each part within a 360-degree sound field.
The Mobile AC is the latest addition to its line-up of AC-series Acoustic Chorus Amplifiers for acoustic guitar.
Designed to travel, the amp can easily fit into a backpack and be used for up to 15 hours at a time when powered with six AA alkaline batteries.
A simple-to-operate three-channel mixer allows users to simultaneously connect a guitar, mic, and backing music and each channel has its own volume control. There are dedicated Guitar and Mic channels, as well as an Audio channel with an 1/8-inch stereo mini jack input and stereo RCA input jacks for connecting an iPod, laptop computer, smartphone, CD player, or other music playback device.
In addition, the Mobile BA Stereo Mobile Amplifier portable PA system runs on batteries or AC power. It is the smallest member of Roland’s popular BA-series line-up of all-in-one portable PAs. Weighing under six pounds, it delivers stereo sound from two 4-inch speakers. Six AA alkaline batteries provide up to 15 hours of continuous use.
Inputs include a Mic channel, stereo Line channel, and a PC/Audio channel with an 1/8-inch stereo mini jack input and stereo RCA jacks inputs for connecting
Sonar X2 mixing and mastering software is available in three new bundles - Sonar X2 Producer; Sonar X2 Studio and Sonar X2 Essential each with different levels of bundled content. The Skylight user interface lets you move seamlessly among the elements, instantly going from recording to editing to mixing and back again.
The UM-ONE mk2 bus-powered MIDI interface boasts high-performance FPT processing for low latency and tight timing. It is compatible with Macs and PCs, and now with the iPad as well via the Apple Camera Connection Kit.
Lastly, the VT-12 Vocal Trainer (pictured) is a compact practice and warm-up tool for vocalists. It has a pitch display, built-in exercises and backing tracks and two-voice support.
The VT-12 tracks a singer’s pitch and displays it in real time in half-step increments with an illuminated pitch meter that responds quickly and accurately. The easy-to-see meter brightens as they approach the correct pitch, and darkens as they move further away. In addition, a guide tone (over a range of 24 semitones) can be played with a button press to help singers identify the correct pitch.