MATRIXSYNTH: Search results for RolandChannel

Showing posts sorted by date for query RolandChannel. Sort by relevance Show all posts
Showing posts sorted by date for query RolandChannel. Sort by relevance Show all posts

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Roland GALAXIAS Super Instrument Overview

video upload by RolandChannel

"GALAXIAS is a new Roland Super Instrument. Launch more than 50 years of Roland history, including dozens of legendary instruments and effects and over 20,000 iconic sounds within a single creative environment— included in every Roland Cloud Ultimate membership. And it dishes out some of the greatest synth sounds ever. New instruments, effects, sounds, sequencers, and more are automatically integrated into GALAXIAS and ready each time you start up.

In this video, you’ll take a tour of the extraordinary instruments and features within the ever-evolving GALAXIAS platform:

00:00 About GALAXIAS
01:20 Scenes
03:31 SOUNDS View
06:40 Key Range Editor
07:19 Macro Controls
08:34 MIX View
09:32 SEQUENCER View
09:53 Saving Scenes
11:23 Plug-in (coming soon)"

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Roland Introduces GALAXIAS Super Instrument

video upload by RolandChannel

Press release follows.

Fifty Years of Legendary Roland Synths and Drum Machines and Thousands of Iconic Sounds in One Powerful Super Instrument, Available Exclusively on Roland Cloud

Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 14, 2023 — Roland introduces GALAXIAS, a powerful new software-based musical instrument available exclusively on Roland Cloud. Roland has been a pioneer in music technology for over half a century, delivering a continuous stream of influential instruments and effects that have fueled countless hits, defined genres, and driven cultural trends. With GALAXIAS, musicians and producers can explore and experience them all in one creative environment.

GALAXIAS runs as a standalone application on macOS and Windows. It will also be available in VST3 and AU plug-in formats for DAW music production soon after the initial release. Within GALAXIAS, users can work with any instrument on Roland Cloud and instantly access a vast searchable library with over 20,000 ready-to-play sounds. From historic icons such as the JUPITER-8, TR-808, and D-50 to modern instruments like ZENOLOGY and SYSTEM-8, GALAXIAS harnesses Roland's evolving sonic legacy into a single “Super Instrument” with infinite creative possibilities.

GALAXIAS provides the ability to layer up to four instruments and create massive sonic superclusters called Scenes. Every layer has its own key range, transpose, and MIDI input settings, plus a dedicated arpeggiator. Convenient learn and drag functionality makes it fast and easy to build intricate sounds that are deeply engaging and demand attention. Ultra-powerful macro controls offer a new level of expression with simultaneous operation of up to 128 parameters via internal LFOs or an external MIDI controller. Scenes can be organized in Setlists for live performances, complete with gapless transitions for a seamless stage experience.

In addition to the formidable effects within each individual instrument, GALAXIAS provides two insert effects per layer and two global send effects. A growing collection of authentic Roland and BOSS effects are on hand, and it’s possible to route layers to various external destinations for further processing.

The inspiring GALAXIAS interface has been carefully forged for rapid creativity and instant satisfaction. Everything is logically organized, making it simple to go deep and quickly translate ideas into great-sounding tracks. Users can delve into a single instrument layer, tweak the complete set of parameters, and get the experience of using the original hardware with Roland’s classic instrument plug-ins. With the full-screen Immersive View, the focus can be toggled between the entire Scene and an individual instrument or effect using a single click or key command.

Included with Roland Cloud Ultimate membership, GALAXIAS is a rapidly evolving platform instrument that will continue to improve with new sounds and capabilities added regularly. A 30-day free Ultimate trial provides access to GALAXIAS and everything Roland Cloud offers, including software versions of vintage Roland instruments, ZENOLOGY, Sound Packs, Wave Expansions, Zenbeats, and much more.

Availability & Pricing
Roland GALAXIAS is available now in the U.S. exclusively with the Roland Cloud Ultimate membership, which is $199 annually or $19.99 monthly.

Wednesday, November 08, 2023

Roland JX-3P Software Synthesizer v2

video upload by RolandChannel

"The JX-3P Software Synthesizer is an authentic virtual recreation of the six-voice JX-3P from 1983. The JX-3P v2 update elevates the instrument with gorgeous high-DPI graphics, a refined interface, universal patch browsing, Circuit Mod, new sounds, and more.

In this video, you’ll learn about the various upgrades available within the v2 update.

00:00 Intro
00:50 Software Synth Overview
01:02 Views
01:21 PG-200 Synthesizer Programmer
02:26 Modern Upgrades
02:45 Circuit Mod
03:16 SYSTEM-8 Integration

Streamline your workflow with the newly developed high-resolution interface for modern DAWs and big-screen production environments. Want more control? Dig into the faithful rendition of the beloved PG-200 Synthesizer Programmer. Then use the newly added Circuit Mod function to dial in everything from a factory-primed JX-3P to a road-worn synth with vibe and character."

Follow-up to this post. Additional demo by CDM's Peter Kirn here.

Tuesday, November 07, 2023

Roland Announces FANTOM EX Upgrade

video uploads by RolandChannel

"Major Upgrade Package for the Flagship FANTOM Synthesizers Adds ACB Modeling, New V-Piano and ZEN-Core Model Expansions, and More"
Full press release further below.

Roland FANTOM EX Upgrade Josh Blair Interview
Roland FANTOM EX Upgrade Sound Demos
Roland FANTOM EX Upgrade Install Guide

User demo video from Gattobus:

FANTOM EX - ACB JUPITER-8 Tone Programming Experience

video upload by gattobus

"In this video I wanted to make you feel the Analog Circuit Behavior of the JP-8 on the new FANTOM-EX update. A hands on programming experience starting from scratch!

Mind your volume levels, there are some serious filter sweeping frequencies that may caught you unprepared!!! :D


Press release follows:

"Major Upgrade Package for the Flagship FANTOM Synthesizers Adds ACB Modeling, New V-Piano and ZEN-Core Model Expansions, and More

Los Angeles, CA, Nov. 7, 2023 — Roland announces the FANTOM EX Upgrade, a powerful new system expansion for the company’s FANTOM 6, 7, and 8 synthesizer models. Bounding with exciting new features and workflow enhancements, the user-installable FANTOM EX Upgrade supercharges Roland’s premier synthesizer series with even more creative firepower. The most significant update in FANTOM’s history expands and enriches the core platform with powerful Analog Circuit Behavior technology, two new grand pianos, JD-800 and n/zyme Model Expansions, studio-grade reverb effects, and more. Available for purchase on Roland Cloud, this value-packed upgrade is a must-have for current and future FANTOM owners.

Introduced in 2019, FANTOM was designed as an evolving creative hub that continually grows through sound expansion, software integration, and user-requested features. The FANTOM EX Upgrade integrates a host of sound engine and system enhancements, launching the FANTOM platform far beyond the impressive capabilities of previous versions. In development for many months, this important upgrade embodies Roland’s ongoing dedication to its flagship synth and the worldwide FANTOM community.

JUPITER-8 and SH-101 ACB Expansions
Roland’s acclaimed Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) is the core technology behind AIRA products such as the TR-8S and SYSTEM-8, as well as the extensive Legendary series of software instruments on Roland Cloud. ACB brings an authentic analog sound experience to life in the digital realm, faithfully recreating analog circuitry and all their interactive behaviors at a deep component level.

Realized through new engineering breakthroughs, the processor-intensive ACB architecture is now available to FANTOM owners with the JUPITER-8 ACB and SH-101 ACB Expansions in the FANTOM EX Upgrade. These circuit-level recreations of influential Roland synths offer all the latest ACB advancements, including Circuit Mod and Condition functions for dialing in varying degrees of vintage character.

Two Concert-Class Acoustic Pianos
The FANTOM EX Upgrade features two deeply expressive grands primed to elevate stage and studio endeavors with Roland’s renowned piano performance. Additionally, FANTOM’s V-Piano interface has been refreshed with an attractive new graphical design.

Originally developed for the flagship RD-2000 stage piano, the German Concert V-Piano Expansion 01 is a versatile and inspiring instrument with a rich, powerful, and detailed voice. The SuperNATURAL Acoustic Piano 3 Expansion offers 15 distinctive sounds, from bright, dynamic tones for stage playing to dark, moody variations for ambient explorations.

JD-800 and n/zyme Model Expansions
The FANTOM EX Upgrade also includes two of Roland’s most recent Model Expansion titles, driven by the ZEN-Core engine for advanced sonic range and performance versatility.
Combining the original JD-800 waveforms with advanced modeling techniques, the JD-800 Model Expansion puts the gleaming tone and monster sound-shaping potential of this vintage digital icon inside FANTOM.

The n/zyme Model Expansion is a thoroughly modern instrument with an all-new synth engine developed for the FANTOM environment. Combining wavetable oscillator layers, phase and shape modulation, resonant filters, and two powerful Step LFOs, n/zyme is a highly interactive music tool that sparks endless creative explorations.

Effect and Workflow Enhancements
The FANTOM EX Upgrade further enhances the synthesizer’s smooth workflow and deep feature set. New Shimmer Reverb and Modulation Reverb algorithms instantly infuse any sound with spaciousness and intense harmonic color. FANTOM’s DAW control has been expanded with profiles for Steinberg Cubase and PreSonus Studio One. Additionally, the Master FX processor includes new preset templates for faster workflow and refreshed graphical interfaces for the Mastering Comp and Mastering EQ sections.

Availability & Pricing
The Roland FANTOM series, including the FANTOM 6, FANTOM 7, and FANTOM 8, are available in the U.S. for: $3,499, $3,899, and $4,199, respectively. The Roland FANTOM EX Upgrade is now available for $199."

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Roland Announces GAIA 2 Synthesizer

video upload by RolandChannel

Roland GAIA 2 Synthesizer Overview

User videos:


1. Roland GAIA2 Demo & Review - musictrackjp
2. New Roland GAIA 2 - "Skywards" - demo by gattobus
3. ROLAND GAIA 2 Review, tutorial, and all 250+ presets - loopop
4. Roland GAIA2 - 1st LOOK Sonic Lab Presentation - sonicstate
5. Roland GAIA 2 Sound Demo (no talking) - Bonedo Synthesizers
6. Roland GAIA 2 Sound Demo (no talking) - Limbic Bits

Press release follows.

Advanced Synthesizer with Wavetable and Virtual Analog Engines, an Intuitive Sound Design Workflow, Expressive Hands-On Controls, Model Expansion Support, and More

Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 28, 2023 — Roland announces GAIA 2, an advanced synthesizer with a newly developed hybrid sound engine and a friendly panel layout that makes learning synthesis and exploring sound design easy and fun. Equipped with wavetable and virtual analog oscillators, interactive controls, 37 full-size keys, Model Expansion support, and other powerful features, GAIA 2 opens the door to an infinite universe of inspired creation.

GAIA 2’s diverse synthesis tools allow users to build familiar sounds and craft new voices never heard before. Reaching beyond previous designs, the wavetable oscillator can morph between multiple waveforms for everything from dramatic shifts to slowly evolving textures. Unique phase and shape modulation options are also available to distort waveforms and unleash cutting-edge textures with complex overtones. Complementing the wavetable oscillator are twin virtual analog oscillators, ready to reimagine past classics or sculpt the sounds of the future. From smooth tones reminiscent of vintage synths to edgy, biting leads to sci-fi soundscapes, GAIA 2 can do it.

GAIA 2 also supports Roland Model Expansions, which faithfully recreate iconic synthesizers from the company’s long history. With a dedicated button, users can instantly swap between the built-in sound engine and classics like the JUPITER-8 or JUNO-106. The SH-101 Model Expansion comes pre-installed, and many additional titles and accompanying Sound Packs are available on Roland Cloud.

GAIA 2’s logically organized panel encourages hands-on exploration and sonic discovery. The one-control-per-function layout and informative display enable instant programming without having to resort to creativity-killing menu diving. And with the streamlined knobs and white anodized aluminum panel, even the look is inspiring.

GAIA 2 features a touch-controlled Motional Pad that brings static sounds to life. Users can assign nearly any synth or effect parameter to each of the X/Y points and then morph between them by moving a finger on the pad. It’s also possible to record movements to create complex, modulated transformations.

The free-flowing sequencer in GAIA 2 lets users instantly capture their inspiration and realize their wildest visions. There’s also a cool Random Pattern feature to spark new ideas with spontaneous pattern creation.

GAIA 2 comes loaded with classic Roland effects to take sonic creations to the next level. Over 50 unique MFX types are available, plus a dedicated Chorus section for adding width and dimension. A powerful Reverb/Delay section features a new studio-grade Shimmer Reverb and many other high-quality effect types.

Via USB-C, GAIA 2 functions as an audio/MIDI interface for music production apps on a computer, smartphone, or tablet. The class-compliant connection is plug-and-play, with no driver installation needed. A USB Type-A port is also available for connecting a USB flash drive for data backup or a standard USB MIDI controller for extended operation.

GAIA 2 supports Roland Cloud Connect, an optional wireless adapter for browsing and downloading Roland Cloud content using a mobile device. A Roland Cloud Connect purchase also includes a year of Roland Cloud Pro membership with unlimited use of thousands of sounds, Model Expansions, and much more.

The optional CB-B37 Keyboard Bag for GAIA 2 provides durable, high-quality protection for the synthesizer while traveling and making music around town. This versatile bag also works with the JUPITER-Xm, legacy GAIA SH-01, and other 37-note keyboards.

Availability & Pricing

The Roland GAIA 2 is now available in the U.S. for $899.99.

Click the pics for the full size shots.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Roland TR-8S v3.0/TR-6S v2.0 Firmware Update Adds Roland CR-78 & TR-808 Chromatic Bass Instrument

Overview video upload by RolandChannel

"The TR-8S and TR-6S Rhythm Performers continue their sonic evolution with TR-8S v3.0 and TR-6S v2.0 updates. These free upgrades add new instruments and features to the Rhythm Performers, including the legendary Roland CR-78 CompuRhythm and TR-808 Chromatic Bass. Plus, the TR-EDITOR gets a refresh with compact mode for smaller displays.

In this video, you’ll learn about the new enhancements added with the TR-8S v3.0 and TR-6S v2.0 updates:
00:00 Introduction
00:50 CompuRhythm CR-78 ACB Model
05:26 TR-808 Chromatic Bass

The original CR-78 CompuRhythm was launched in 1978 as the first mass-produced programmable rhythm machine. Now, the TR captures that magic with pristine ACB CR sounds, including 14 instruments and original preset patterns, as well as updated advanced patterns to pepper your beats with CR-78 zest. Plus, discover an array of new parameter controls to push the CR-78 into new sonic dimensions.

Tuned 808 basslines are a staple in genres like trap, hip-hop, electro, and other styles of electronic music. The new 808 Chromatic Bass instrument allows you to use motion recording to tune basslines with legit 808 bass sounds directly from the TR-8S and TR-6S—no DAW required.

To learn more about the TR-8S v3.0 update, please visit:

To learn more about the TR-6S v2.0 update, please visit:

To read about the CR-78 history, please visit:"

*NEW V3.00* Roland TR8S & TR6S (V2) with CR78 and Chromatic 808

video upload by Starsky Carr

"NEW FIRMWARE for the TR8S gives us an ACB model of the classic CR-78 in addition to a tuneable 808 kick. Use CTRL to tune by semitones for super easy 808 subs.

The CR78 tones are all tweak able, with decay and tuning plus attack on the kick, snappy on the snare and a metallic clang on the hats.

We also have the original CR78 rhythms... Bossa Nova here we come... :)"

And the press release:

"Free Updates Add an ACB Model of the Classic CR-78 CompuRhythm Drum Machine and a New TR-808 Chromatic Bass Instrument

Los Angeles, CA, Sept. 12, 2023 — Roland announces significant system updates for the popular TR-8S and TR-6S Rhythm Performer products. Available as free downloads, TR-8S Version 3.0 and TR-6S Version 2.0 feature an authentic ACB model of the CR-78 CompuRhythm—an influential Roland rhythm machine from the late 1970s—plus a new TR-808 Chromatic Bass instrument for creating basslines. The companion TR-EDITOR app has also been updated with a compact UI option for more efficient operation on smaller displays.

The TR-8S and TR-6S carry on the long-running legacy of Roland rhythm machines, bringing legendary sounds together with the latest technologies and a host of fresh performance tools for today’s musicians, producers, and DJs. These powerful instruments feature authentic models of important TR products from the company’s history, including the TR-808, TR-909, TR-707, TR-727, and TR-606. With the addition of the CR-78 CompuRhythm, the TR-8S and TR-6S now offer the most complete collection of classic Roland rhythm machines available in hardware form.

TR drum machines have driven music culture for decades, forming the backbone of hip-hop, pop, and electronic styles and defining the sound of multiple genres and subgenres. Introduced in 1978, the CR-78 was a direct predecessor of the TR-808 and the first mass-produced programmable rhythm machine. Its distinctive sound has left its own indelible footprint on pop classics from the 1980s and beyond, and it remains highly sought-after in the vintage marketplace.

Brought to life with Roland’s ACB (Analog Circuit Behavior) technology, the CR-78 model offers every sound and nearly all preset patterns from the original analog hardware. It also includes new patterns and advanced sound design capabilities made possible with the modern ACB approach.

Along with the CR-78, the TR-8S and TR-6S updates add a newly developed TR-808 Chromatic Bass instrument. The sound of the TR-808 bass drum revolutionized popular music with its deep, rich sub-bass and punchy quality. Clever producers began using samples of this revered instrument to play the sound chromatically, creating a new hybrid voice that fills the role of both kick drum and bass. The TR-808 Chromatic Bass instrument puts this ability at the user’s fingertips, allowing them to create tuned basslines with the versatile TR-808 bass drum in the TR-8S and TR-6S.

The free TR-EDITOR for macOS and Windows significantly enhances the workflow of the TR-8S and TR-6S, providing an easy-to-use graphical interface with expanded visual controls and organizational tools. The latest version includes a compact UI option that frees up screen space for using the editor along with other applications on small computer displays.

Availability & Pricing

The Roland TR-8S and TR-6S are available now for $749.99 and $399.99, respectively, in the U.S. The Roland TR-8S, TR-6S, and TR-EDITOR updates are available now for free."

Friday, September 08, 2023

Roland TR-909 Software Rhythm Composer Overview

video upload by RolandChannel

Note although this is a new video from Roland, they introduced the TR-909 Software Rhythm Composer back on September 9, 2020.

"Add the speaker-pummeling power of the TR-909 drum machine into your DAW with the TR-909 Software Rhythm Composer. In this video, you’ll explore the enhanced features specific to the software plug-in, its sonic capabilities, and how to make programming faster and more fluid.

The TR-909 software version includes not only faithful modeling of the TR-909’s analog circuitry using our proprietary Analog Circuit Behavior (ACB) technology but also uses the original sample ROM and models the early digital technology present in the vintage hardware. The result? Ultra-realistic sound perfect for creating the foundation for floor-shaking dance music.

This plug-in is loaded with classic kits and patterns you know and love, so you can start programming custom beats immediately. If you want even more, explore Roland Cloud and discover a wide range of new patches and patterns from artists and expert sound designers to take your beats to the next level.

Explore the TR-909 Software Rhythm Composer’s evolution from the vintage classic, including new features, sounds, and programming capabilities.

00:00 Intro
00.20 User Interface and basic functions
01:02 Sequencing in the Edit View
01:25 Accents
01:36 Articulations
02:04 Kit and Pattern presets
02:20 Gain and Pan control in the panel section
02:41 Drag and drop patterns to DAW
03:10 Options menu features
03:23 TR-909 history and influence
03:56 Get the TR-909 Software Rhythm Composer"

Tuesday, August 08, 2023

Roland Aerophone AEZ008 Wind String Layers by Matt Traum Sound Examples

video upload by RolandChannel

"Add the rich sounds of layered wind and string instruments to your Aerophone Pro and AE-20 with the Roland Cloud Wind String Layers Sound Pack by musician and wind controller expert Matt Traum. This pack contains ten Scenes with diverse blends of expressive wind instruments and inspired string instruments that dynamically react to breath control. Experiment with the S1/S2 buttons and right-hand thumb lever on Aerophone for additional sonic exploration.

In this video, you’ll hear each of the ten Scenes performed by Alistair Parnell.

00:00 Violin & Clarinet
00:25 Viola & Vibrato Flute
00:52 Bow Bass & FX Flute
01:09 Strings & Woodwind
01:31 Chamber Ensemble
01:46 Bow Bass & Brass
02:08 2 String & 2 Wind
02:30 Bass Clarinet & Cello
03:02 String & Flute & Clarinet
03:25 Strings & Flute"

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Introducing Roland AIRA Compact S-1 Tweak Synth

video upload by RolandChannel

[Note: you can find additional user videos futher below]

"The Roland S-1 Tweak Synth is a powerhouse micro polysynth that merges the legendary tones of the SH-101 with futuristic tools for the modern creator. Get reacquainted with the snappy bass tones and expressive leads brought to life in exquisite detail by our Analog Circuit Behavior technology. Then tap into a world of new creative possibilities with expanded four-voice polyphony and an array of innovative features, including cutting-edge wave manipulation, advanced sequencing, and unique performance features.

In this video, Dustin Good dives into the S-1 features, capabilities, sounds, and more.

0:00 – Introduction and Overview
1:32 – Sounds
2:01 – Basic Sound Design
2:35 – OSC Draw
3:13 – OSC Chop
3:44 – Riser
4:06 – Effects
4:33 – Sequencer
5:06 – Sub Steps
5:36 – Probability and Motion Recording
6:25 – Arpeggiator
6:54 - Performance Tools – Step Loop, Transpose, D-Motion
7:53 - Connectivity and Portability

Build from square, saw, sub, and noise oscillators and mono, poly, unison, and chord modes. Craft custom waveshapes with OSC Drawing. Dice sounds with OSC Chop to produce a labyrinth of overtones and metallic timbres. And use the noise oscillator as an independent riser to add sweeps and pulsing sound effects for transitions and dramatic effect.

Bring programming and performances to life with a 64-step sequencer, motion recording, and D-Motion. And humanize patterns with Probability, ratchet tones with Sub Steps, and create on-the-fly fills with Step Loop.

Sync the S-1 Tweak Synth with the rest of the AIRA Compact gang for a highly jammable micro-studio in perfect sonic symphony. Chain them together or connect with MIDI gear, computers, and music apps to expand your setup. Just power on, hit play, and go with the flow."

Press release followed by user videos:

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Roland JUPITER-8 & Juno-106 Software Synthesizer v2 Update Overviews

video upload by RolandChannel

"Released in 1981, the Roland JUPITER-8 is one of the most revered and sought-after polysynths of all time. It appears on countless hit tracks spanning decades, and its lush analog sound is simply unmatched for warm pads, soaring strings, and infectious lead tones. With the JUPITER-8 Software Synthesizer, you get an authentic, down-to-the-circuit-level recreation of this vintage icon for your DAW or SYSTEM-8.

In this video, you’ll learn about the JUPITER-8 Software Synthesizer features, including v2 updates like high-DPI graphics, a refined interface, universal patch browsing, Circuit Mod, new sounds, and more:

00:00 Intro and JUPITER-8 History
00:39 JUPITER-8 Software Synthesizer 00:52 Browse View and Tweak Panel
01:10 Edit View
01:16 JUNO Synth Architecture
02:00 Sound Examples
02:52 Enhancements in the Software
03:16 Added Effects
03:38 Circuit Mod
04:13 SYSTEM-8 Integration
04:32 How to Get the Plug-in

Get the JUPITER-8 Software Synthesizer with Roland Cloud Pro (via Pro Selector) and Ultimate memberships, or purchase a Lifetime Key. You can also audition the JUPITER-8 Software Synth for free with a Roland Cloud 30-day trial membership."

Roland JUNO-106 Software Synthesizer v2 Overview
video upload by

"Introduced in 1984 as an affordable polysynth for the masses, the Roland JUNO-106 surpassed its humble beginnings to become one of the most beloved instruments of all time—and for good reason. It delivers gut-punching basses, delicate plucked sounds, and shimmering pads that sit perfectly in a mix, and its built-in chorus is the stuff of legend. With the JUNO-106 Software Synthesizer, you can bring the authentic sound and experience of this ’80s icon to your own studio and favorite DAW.

In this video, you’ll learn about the JUNO-106 Software Synthesizer features, including v2 updates like high-DPI graphics, a refined interface, universal patch browsing, Circuit Mod, new sounds, and more:

00:00 Intro and JUNO-106 History
00:37 JUNO-106 Software Synthesizer
00:53 Browse View and Tweak Panel
01:08 Edit View
01:16 JUNO Synth Architecture
01:37 Sound Examples
02:55 Enhancements in the Software
03:25 The JUNO Chorus
03:43 Additional Effects
03:57 Circuit Mod
04:30 SYSTEM-8 Integration
04:56 How to Get It

Get the JUNO-106 Software Synthesizer with Roland Cloud Pro (via Pro Selector) and Ultimate memberships, or purchase a Lifetime Key. You can also audition the JUNO-106 Software Synth for free with a Roland Cloud 30-day trial membership."

Learn more about Roland Cloud:

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Roland Cloud ZENOLOGY Pro v2 Overview

video upload by RolandChannel

"ZENOLOGY Pro v2 lets you harness the vast power of the ZEN-Core Synthesis System within your favorite DAW. Explore over 4,000 tones and 200 drums kits that you can easily expand to over 10,000 total selections or create stunning new tones from scratch. With so many sounds to choose from, you need a powerful browser to stay organized. Easily search, rate, save, and recall sounds within ZENOLOGY Pro and keep your inspiration flowing. Plus, explore new banks with everything from classic to experimental and exotic sounds.

The edit view gives you an expansive look at the array of ZEN-Core parameters. Each tone consists of up to four partials, with an oscillator, filter, amplifier, dual LFO, and effects. Add shape and color to your sound with over 90 effects like spacious reverbs and delays, sweeping JUNO-106 and CE-1 choruses, and unique offerings like the SDD-320 Dimension D and DJ FX Looper. You can also dive into the world of Model Expansions to transform ZENOLOGY Pro into entirely different instruments like the JUPITER-8, JUNO-106, SH-101, JX-8P, and JD-800.

00:00 Intro Overview
00:23 Available Sounds
00:53 Browser and Views
01:39 Sound Engine Structure
02:15 OSC Section
02:41 FILTER Section
02:55 LFO Section
03:45 Effects Section
04:11 Reverb
04:28 Model Expansions
04:54 How to Get ZENOLOGY"

Thursday, March 09, 2023

Roland Announces SP-404MKII Version 3 Update

Update: Roland SP-404MKII V3.0 Update Overview video upload by RolandChannel

via Roland

"Free Update for the Industry-Leading Compact Sampler Delivers Improved Performance, Workflow Enhancements, and Powerful New Features for DJs and Dance Music Producers

Los Angeles, CA, March 9, 2023 — Roland announces the Version 3 update for the SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector. Since its release in 2021, the next-generation SP-404MKII has been the instrument of choice for performance-based beatmakers and creative musicians everywhere. Version 3 offers improved performance and a host of new workflow features developed with feedback from the wide-ranging SP artist community. The free update also includes many pattern sequencer and DJ Mode enhancements that make the SP-404MKII an even more powerful tool for live performers and dance music producers.

SP-404MKII Version 3 Features
Perform with Multitrack Files from DAW Sessions and Other Projects—The SP-404MKII sequencer offers improved stability for playing multiple long audio files in perfect sync, enabling users to perform with tracks created in music production software.

Expanded Motion Recording—Motion recording is now available for effects parameters.

Pad Mute and Pad Mute Automation—Easily mute/unmute patterns during performances and capture mute actions in sequences.

Optimized MIDI Sync—Improved clock timing and adjustable delay on the MIDI clock output for tight sync with external instruments.

One-Shot Playback—Allows users to perform with long, evolving samples while jamming with short loops underneath.

Convert Patterns to Samples—Convert any pattern into a sample with the press of a button, transforming complex programming into manageable loops for quick song building.

Expanded DJ Mode—Many new DJ Mode enhancements include the ability to manipulate eight cue points per sample, adjust fader curves, sync external MIDI instruments, assign time stretch, and more.

Additional Features—Version 3 also includes many other workflow enhancements, including quantize after recording, finer tempo setting range, default MFX setups, and more.

SP-404MKII App—The latest version of the companion editor/librarian for the SP-404MKII features greatly increased import/export speed and AU3/VST3 plug-in support for using the app within music production software on Mac and Windows computers.

Availability & Pricing

The Roland SP-404MKII is available now for $599.99 in the U.S. The Roland SP-404MKII Version 3 update is available now for free."

Tuesday, March 07, 2023

Roland Aerophone Pro Version 3.0 Update Overview

video upload by RolandChannel

"The Version 3.0 update infuses Aerophone Pro with new harmonic and sampling possibilities. Intelligent Harmony and Scale Tune are added to the instrument, and FANTOM owners can import tones created with the synthesizer, including recorded samples. In this video, learn about the new features within the Version 3.0 update:

0:00 Intro
0:37 Scene Import/Export
01:55 Intelligent Harmony
03:09 Scale Tuning
03:42 New Scenes

Tap into the new Intelligent Harmony feature to turn performances into diatonic arrangements. Set the key, and the harmony will follow your playing, layering up to four notes at a time. And you can connect a footswitch, like the FS-1-WL, to turn the function on and off and set the key. The availability of the foot pedal shown on the screen may vary per region.

The Scale Tune Function allows you to set various scales with the choice of pure temperament, equal temperament, Arabic scales, plus your own temperament. You can use a footswitch to set the temperament key as well.

The Version 3.0 update also gives you the ability to import new sample types several ways. FANTOM owners can create tones within their synth with user samples and transfer them to the AE-30 via USB. You can also connect a mic to FANTOM, sample acoustic instruments or other external sounds, and import those samples into the Aerophone Pro. Then, export the user scene to a USB flash drive and share it with others.

To learn more about AE-30 Version 3.0 update, please visit:"

Thursday, February 23, 2023

Roland Introduces the SH-4d Desktop Synthesizer

Update: two more user videos (Alex Bell's & Starsky Carr's) added to the user playlist below.

video uploads by RolandChannel

"Lose yourself in a world of sound with the Roland SH-4d Synthesizer, a powerful desktop instrument featuring hands-on workflow and deep synthesis tools for in-the-moment magic. Watch as Detroit techno legend Carl Craig takes the SH-4d for a spin, bringing you on a sonic odyssey and diving headfirst into the unit’s array of sonic capabilities.

What’s inside the SH-4d? Command eleven OSC Models for a diverse range of sound-design possibilities, from vintage analog synths and PCM-based sounds to cutting-edge digital tones. Create custom kits with the rhythm part’s rich tone-shaping capabilities containing 26 unique drum instruments that can each be designed from scratch.

Spur spontaneous musical moments with the multitimbral sequencer, extensive effects, and plenty of polyphony. And with the loaded front panel, dynamic controls, motion recording, and more, you can transform ideas into short loops or complete songs as quickly as your ideas come."

User videos (ordered by shortest videos first - use the player controls to skip around):

Roland SH-4d : First jam - Freaky Tweaky
The Roland SH-4d In a Nutshell - Alex Ball
Roland SH-4d:基本機能・VISUAL ARPEGGIO・D-MOTIONの説明 - Freaky Tweaky
Roland SH-4D 1st Look - Sonic LAB - sonicstate
Roland SH-4d Demo & Review - musictrackjp
ROLAND SH-4d REVIEW // Rolands best synthesizer groovebox yet?! - BoBeats
Roland Synthesizer SH-4d Review // A Synth Groovebox with Vintage Vibes - Starsky Carr
Roland SH-4d Review: The multi-engine synth battle heats up! // Full SH4d tutorial - loopop
Roland SH-4d Mega Tutorial - True Cuckoo

And the press release:

Future Retro Desktop Synth with 11 OSC Models, Pro Sound Design Tools, Hands-On Workflow, and Multitimbral Pattern Sequencer

Los Angeles, CA, February 23, 2023 — Roland announces the SH-4d Synthesizer, a powerful new desktop instrument focused on synthesis and sound design. With 11 OSC Models and a hands-on panel filled with knobs, buttons and sliders, the SH-4d fuels on-the-spot creation and endless sonic discoveries. It also features a multitimbral sequencer with four synth parts and a customizable rhythm part, allowing users to compose intricate patterns with motion recording, extensive effects and more. Equally suited for studio, stage and traveling, the SH-4d is a fun and versatile instrument that will appeal to both modern electronic music creators and synth collectors everywhere.

Fifty years ago, Roland launched its first synthesizer, the groundbreaking SH-1000. The SH name has represented the company’s core synthesizer instruments ever since, merging innovative new technologies with tactile interfaces for quickly designing sounds in the moment. The SH-4d opens the next chapter in the long-running series, offering Roland’s latest analog modeling advancements and a deep-yet-inviting panel that catalyzes creativity and rewards exploration at every turn.

Detroit techno legend Carl Craig was so impressed with the SH-4d that he agreed to be the face of the launch video, delivering a spirited performance featuring new music composed solely on the unit. "That machine is a little monster,” he said after spending just a short time with the SH-4d. “So many options to not only shape sound but to shape the musical composition too."

Eleven OSC Models offer diverse sound-crafting possibilities, from vintage analog tones with SH-4d, SH-3D, Chord, Ring and Sync Models to cutting-edge digital textures with Cross FM, Wavetable and Drawing Models. Influential voices from Roland’s historic past include SH-101 and JUNO-106 Models and a PCM Model with a large selection of sample-based sounds. The SH-4d also features a flexible drum synthesizer with rich tone-shaping capabilities for creating custom kits from scratch.

The SH-4d puts everything creators need for pro sound design at their fingertips, with 32 knobs, four sliders and a massive array of multi-function buttons. The LCD, sliders and buttons automatically reconfigure their functions to follow the selected mode, eliminating menu-dive roadblocks that slow the creative flow. Dedicated Filter, Amp and LFO sections are always ready to shape any tone or pattern. And with the powerful Matrix section, users can create an even wider range of sounds by routing the output of the LFO or envelope generator to parameters in a Model.

Among its many tricks, the SH-4d features built-in motion sensors that allow the user to pick up the synth and adjust sounds with physical movements. D-Motion mode provides X/Y control for two parameters, while the unique Visual Arpeggio shapes note patterns via fun interactive displays.

The SH-4d sequencer is always a button press away, ready to transform sound ideas into compact loops or extended compositions. Up to 60 notes of total polyphony provide ample resources to develop complete musical ideas in the box. There’s also a versatile selection of renowned Roland effects to frost, finesse, rough up or mangle tones and patterns.

The SH-4d runs on a standard USB-C phone charger or AA batteries for up to four hours. There’s a two-plus octave button keyboard for self-contained composition, plus MIDI I/O for use as a sound module and controller in an expanded hardware setup. The SH-4d also functions as a USB-C audio/MIDI interface with 12 discrete audio channels for computer music production.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Roland AIRA Version 1.8 Firmware Update for MC-707, MC-101, and VERSELAB MV-1

video upload by RolandChannel

"Version 1.8 update for the MC-707 GROOVEBOX, MC-101 GROOVEBOX, and VERSELAB MV-1 adds a host of requested features to your instrument. In this video, Zeale walks through the new enhancements for each instrument as well as how to import clips and new Production Packs.

New functions include undo/redo plus clip import, export, and save. Clip compatibility between the MC-707, MC-101, and VERSELAB MV-1 means you can load clips straight from an SD card, then save and share between units or with other MC and VERSELAB users. There are also three brand-new MFX to embellish your sound—Exciter, Phonograph, and JD Multi—as well as support for pitch bend, hold, and other MIDI CC recording options.

Expand your sound and clip library with new MC/MV Production Packs. These top-shelf collections of clips and sample-based tones designed by Wave Alchemy will expand your sound library or jump-start new ideas for songs. Each Production Pack contains 48 custom tones, 50-plus drum one-shots, 16 kits, and 64 clips—with clips organized in groups of four for building 16 custom scenes.

If you’re an MC-707 GROOVEBOX owner, you can now set the key and scale of your project. And there’s a multitrack mode for Pad Note.

If you’re an MC-101 GROOVEBOX owner, you’ll find a game-changing partial editor for creating compelling tones directly from your MC-101. Plus, you can set the key and scale of each of your projects.

If you’re a VERSELAB MV-1 owner, this update includes a powerful random tone designer for quickly creating interesting sounds from a variety of algorithms. The update also adds another much-requested feature: vocal take panning.

And that’s not all. Find more under the hood when you download the Version 1.8 update.


To download Version 1.8 Update please visit:

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Roland Introduces TR-8S v2.5/TR-6S v1.5 Firmware & TR-EDITOR Update

video upload by RolandChannel

"TR-8S v2.5 and TR-6S v1.5 update load your Rhythm Performer with a stack of exciting new features. In this video, Dustin Good demonstrates the ins and outs of the new firmware and TR-EDITOR software updates.

Both TRs add six FM-based drum models—kick, snare, tom, clap, percussion, and cymbal. These models include new editable FM parameters which can be controlled from both the TR hardware and TR-EDITOR software for creating intricate, evolving sounds.

Rhythm tracks get a dose of unpredictability with a fresh sequencer update that adds probability, sub step probability, and master probability. Probability can bring your drum programming to life by setting percentage values to individual steps that dictate the chance of that step playing. The higher the percentage, the more that note will be played.

Quickly assign new sounds to your pattern with random kit and random instrument. Create spontaneous sonic changes in patterns and then easily restore back to the original kit.

Then run sounds through four new MFX options—Tone Fattener, Vinyl Simulator, Pitch Shifter Delay, and Ha-Dou Reverb.

Plus, upgrade the TR-EDITOR software to version 1.5 for deeper control of the new FM, probability editing, and more.

Chapter Breakdown:
0:00 What’s New in TR-8S v2.5, TR-6S v1.5
0:36 Table of Contents
0:45 New FM Drum Models
4:36 Using the TR-EDITOR
6:38 Editing FM Drum Models
8:36 Random Kit and Instrument
9:45 Probability
14:14 New FX

TR-8S v2.5 update:
TR-6S v1.5 update:
TR-EDITOR v1.5 update:"

*NEW* TR-8S v2.50 Firmware update

video upload by Starsky Carr

"A demo of the new Roland TR-8S v2.50 firmware update. It's got 6 new FM models that have full parameter access, plus 4 new effects and probability.

All in all a very welcome and very cool update."

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Quick sound examples of the synth and Mellotron setup

video upload by Benjamin Dehli

"A quick demo of each keyboard instrument connected to the Roland PA-120 mixer.
The audio is recorded directly from the line out of the mixer.
The reverb comes from the in-built spring reverb in the mixer and the echo/delay comes from the Fulltone Tube Tape Echo connected to the effects loop / echo ins and outs of the mixer.
Sorry for the terrible camera work.

00:00 Korg Polysix
00:10 Logan String Melody II
00:22 Korg MS-20
00:42 Doepfer Dark Energy and Dreadbox Erebus
00:53 Roland PA-120
00:59 Roland SH-09
01:15 Mellotron M4000D

@Korg Polysix
Hohner / Logan String Melody II
Korg MS-20
@Dreadbox Erebus v2
Doepfer Dark Energy
@RolandChannel SH-09
@Sequential Circuits Pro-One
@Mellotron Factory M4000D

Roland PA-120 spring reverb
Fulltone Tube Tape Echo

Roland PA-120"

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Synth jam with the Roland PA-120 mixer

video upload by Benjamin Dehli

Nice reverse keys MIDI controller. Anyone know what it is?

"Testing the Roland PA-120 mixer with a short dawless synthesizer jam.
The audio is recorded directly from the line out of the mixer.
The reverb comes from the in-built spring reverb in the mixer and the echo/delay comes from the Fulltone Tube Tape Echo connected to the effects loop / echo ins and outs of the mixer.
A Korg Polysix (out of the frame) plays the arpeggiator and I just unmute and mute the track with the mixer.

00:00 Unmuting Korg Polysix arpeggiator
00:04 Adding spring reverb
00:10 Adding tape echo
00:15 Korg MS-20 bass
00:21 Doepfer Dark Energy and Dreadbox Erebus
01:03 Roland SH-09 bass
01:41 Muting Korg Polysix arpeggiator

@Korg Polysix
Korg MS-20
@Dreadbox Erebus v2
Doepfer Dark Energy
@RolandChannel SH-09

Roland PA-120 spring reverb
Fulltone Tube Tape Echo

Roland PA-120"

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

GR-20 Guitar Synthesizer Demo

video upload by RolandChannel

"The GR-20 Guitar Synthesizer makes playing high-quality synthesizer and instrument sounds from your guitar as simple as 1-2-3. First, attach the included GK-3 Divided Pickup to your steel-stringed electric (no drilling necessary). Second, select the type of sound you want using the Bank knob. Third, choose a sound variation using the Number/Value dial and start playing. With the GR-20, its easy to tap into the power of guitar synthesis."

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Roland SP-404MKII Sampler Version 2.0 Update

video upload by RolandChannel

"The SP-404MKII version 2.0 update infuses the ultimate SP sampler with even more features to expand your creative possibilities. Enjoy deeper control of melodic and harmonic programming with Chromatic Mode recording plus polyphony and scale setting. Discover a TR-REC style step sequencer for classic programming approaches great for dance music and modern hip-hop. Enhanced DJ mode opens up new performance techniques, now allowing you to mix between SP patterns as well as audio files. Create movement in your production with Motion recording for intricate control of sub step, pitch, and velocity parameters. And Skip Back Sampling has been increased from 25 seconds to 40 seconds.

We’ve also brought back our legendary VariPhrase algorithm, so you can stretch a sample’s pitch and time with superior sound quality and less audio degradation.

Then enhance your grooves with new MFX including Cloud Delay, SX Delay, SX Reverb, and Backspin. Plus, new input Harmony Effects will expand performance possibilities for vocalists and instrumentalists.

Watch PJ Bridger demo the new features:
0:00 - INTRO
1:45 - TR-REC
8:38 - UNDO
13:36 - SKIP BACK
14:12 - DJ MODE

ABOUT SP-404MKII Creative Sampler and Effector
Carefully refined through community feedback mixed with extensive research and development, the SP-404MKII is the ultimate SP sampler. It’s faster and better than ever, with a vivid OLED display, 17 expressive pads, expanded effects, fluid sequencing and sampling, and a massive library of authentic sounds to inspire bigger beats."

Patch n Tweak
Switched On Make Synthesizer Evolution Vintage Synthesizers Creating Sound Fundlementals of Synthesizer Programming Kraftwerk

© Matrixsynth - All posts are presented here for informative, historical and educative purposes as applicable within fair use.
MATRIXSYNTH is supported by affiliate links that use cookies to track clickthroughs and sales. See the privacy policy for details.