Roland’s full stable of Roland Cloud plug-ins now has Apple Silicon support – a big breakthrough for rounding out your new Mac studio and recreating vintage gear in the box.
It’s not just Roland – the current generation of vintage simulated synths are a little tough on the CPU. So there’s a big upside to this. Roland’s plug-ins I find sound fantastic – yeah, I’ve cheated and kinda made a track bang by messing around with a JUNO-106. Yum. And it is oddly addictive being able to go to Roland Cloud and just pull whatever retro Roland instrument you want out of their archives and install it. The UIs can be a little clunky in places, but it’s hard to argue with the sound and selection.
So this is a big deal, taking that full Roland range, dropping it in an Apple Silicon-native host (now including MOTU DP, Apple Logic Pro, and Bitwig Studio), and not having to worry about CPU. There’s no fan noise; there’s nothing to think about. And we know more is coming – I swear next week I’ll finally get together a tracker and some benchmarks for the M1; it’s time. (Got some other projects finishing, so bear with me.)
Here’s the full range of Apple Silicon rewrites – and yep, time to plug in that Ethernet drop in the studio and grab a bunch of them from the Roland Cloud account.
- SRX BRASS, DANCE TRAX, ELECTRIC PIANO, KEYBOARDS, ORCHESTRA, STRINGS, STUDIO, WORLD, PIANO I, PIANO II
Yeah, so sure, when you do have access to an XV-5080, you mess around with it. And now you can stack them, because why not?