• Roland Announces JD-800 Model Expansion

    Mike Lawson | April 12, 2021Roland announces the JD-800 Model Expansion, the latest addition to the ZEN-Core Model Expansion lineup available through Roland Cloud. Based on Roland’s influential JD-800 hardware synthesizer released in 1991, the JD-800 Model Expansion celebrates the 30th anniversary of this vintage digital icon by bringing it to modern players through the ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer and select Roland hardware instruments with the ZEN-Core Synthesis System. Read More...
  • Roland’s Aerophone Pro

    Mike Lawson | December 29, 2020

    Roland’s Aerophone Pro packs entire brass and woodwind sections into a single digital instrument. Aerophone Pro’s thin, ergonomic design looks great on stage and is easier to hold for a more confident playing experience.

  • Roland Cloud Partners with Point Blank Music School

    Mike Lawson | December 11, 2020

    Roland and Point Blank Music School (London, UK) have announced a partnership which will see Roland Cloud, the instrument manufacturer’s software instrument service, integrated across Point Blank’s UK sites, starting in January 2021.

  • Roland Launches Music Creation Platform with the Design Museum in London

    Mike Lawson | October 8, 2020

    In response to the pandemic, museums have been forced to reimagine how visitors interact and engage. Now, Roland and Yuri Suzuki have teamed up with the Design Museum to create, a fun and educational music creation platform and online-learning experience.

  • Roland’s AE-01 Aerophone Mini

    Mike Lawson | September 25, 2019

    The AE-01 Aerophone mini digital wind instrument from Roland eliminates complicated fingerings and difficult breath control with this easy-to-learn instrument featuring BluetoothMIDI and Audio connectivity.

  • Roland Releases Aerophone Editor App

    Mike Lawson | April 18, 2017

    Roland has released the Aerophone Editor app for the Aerophone AE-10 Digital Wind Instrument.

  • In Memoriam: Roland Founder Ikutaro Kakehashi, 1930 – 2017

    Mike Lawson | April 4, 2017

    Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi passed away on April 1, 2017 at the age of 87.


  • Exploring New Electronic Keyboards

    Mike Lawson | August 14, 2014

    Manufacturers discuss the latest keyboard tools for the music classroom

    The integration of powerful new software has changed the way many sectors of the music industry have done business, from recording software to live sound and lighting and even at-home guitar rig design. But one segment that’s been poised to take advantage of this shift for years is electric keyboards, specifically those designed in tandem with educational programs.

    For both educators and students, it’s all about options, according to Roland key accounts manager Ellen Gonzales. “We, as a consumer nation, have changed the way that we consume things,” she says. “We’re not just looking for things that we can buy to use today. We want something that can grow with us. Just think of iPads – people buy them and then constantly upgrade and add to them. I do think that’s a trend that won’t go away and it’s wise to play into that mentality.”

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