Roland FANTOM EX: Modeled analog, classic synths, new effects, more

Roland has updated the OS on their flagship FANTOM 6, 7, and 8 synths. It’s a major update, with everything from a shimmer reverb to Analog Circuit Behavior sounds, stage pianos to some classic synths. If you wanted just one keyboard to play everything Roland, the FANTOM is now that instrument.

Roland releases JUNO-X polysynth, which can be a vintage JUNO, or a lot more

The days of Roland slapping a vintage name on something fairly unrelated are over. The JUNO-X will absolutely behave like a vintage JUNO. But the digital heart underneath also means it’ll be everything from a vocoder to a JD-800 – which means if you are in the market for a Roland keyboard, you’ve got some choices to make.

Peter Kirn - April 27, 2022

Roland now has 4 ways to play their 1991 JD-800 polysynth; here’s a breakdown

Until recently, the only way to get your hands on a Roland JD-800 was to get the early-90s original hardware. But now Roland has this year unveiled two independent hardware and two independent software recreations. Let’s make sense of it all – and why it’s suddenly happening now.

Peter Kirn - November 9, 2021

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