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Rubix 

Roland’s Rubix Line of Audio Interfaces Is on Display


High-fidelity sound, solid build quality, compact size, affordable price, 
and crucial features for today’s musicians and producers


Building on a legacy that includes the world’s first multiport USB 2.0 audio interface, Roland (LVCC Central Hall, Booth #17544) is displaying Rubix, a line of audio interfaces for Mac, PC, and iPad. Rubix is designed to offer a perfectly balanced combination of high-fidelity sound, solid build quality, compact size, affordable price, and crucial features for today’s musicians and producers.

The line consists of the Rubix22, 24 and 44. Each multi-platform interface is carefully engineered to have extremely low noise from input to output. Clean, detailed sound is the top priority, with transparent, low noise mic preamps and support for audio resolutions up to 24-bit/192kHz. Highly visible indicators clearly show the presence of a good signal or an overloading input, even from a distance. Extensive shielding and ground lifts help ensure clean, quiet operation in a variety of venues, and the compact metal construction means Rubix can provide studio-grade performance just about anywhere.

Rubix22 is a 2-in/2-out model with dual mic preamps. When coupled with an iPad, it creates a highly portable recording or performance rig. Rubix24 adds two extra outputs and a hardware compressor/limiter for controlling highly dynamic sources. Rubix44 adds two additional mic preamps for a total of 4 inputs and 4 outputs.

The Roland Rubix series is available with pricing as follows: 
Rubix22: U.S. street $149.00. 
Rubix24: U.S. street $199.00.
Rubix44: U.S. street $299.00.

To learn more about the Rubix line of audio interfaces, please visit Roland.com.

Aerophone

Roland Aerophone AE-10G in Graphite Black Finish Is Now Available


Groundbreaking digital wind instrument now available in two colors


Roland (LVCC Central Hall, Booth #17544) announces the availability of the Aerophone AE-10G in Graphite Black, expanding the Aerophone lineup to two models. The Aerophone is a groundbreaking digital wind instrument that features traditional sax fingering and a wide selection of saxophone sounds with authentic response and playability. Many other acoustic instrument sounds are included as well, plus synthesizer sounds optimized for breath control. With the AE-10G, Roland provides Aerophone players a rich, dark metallic color option to the clean white finish of the standard AE-10 model.

Offering a key layout that’s similar to an acoustic saxophone, the Aerophone is an easy transition for sax players of all levels, from beginning to advanced. The sensitive mouthpiece-mounted breath sensor also features a bite-sensing reed, allowing for control of expressive techniques like vibrato and pitch.

Equipped with soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophone sounds, the Aerophone gives players all the sax tones they need in one convenient instrument. Thanks to advanced SuperNATURAL modeling technology, the sounds respond to playing dynamics and articulations just like their acoustic counterparts. With the convenient Full Range function, the user can automatically switch between sax types by key range.

The Aerophone features many other acoustic instrument sounds like clarinet, flute, oboe, trumpet, violin, and more, all utilizing SuperNATURAL technology to faithfully match the behavior of the originals. Also included are Roland’s latest synthesizer sounds, which have been specially tailored for wind instrument performance with fully optimized breath control.

Compact and lightweight, the Aerophone can be powered with six AA-size batteries. It’s equipped with integrated speakers for monitoring the sound, plus an output jack for playing with headphones or connecting to an external amplifier or PA. There’s also an audio input for jamming with backing music from a smartphone or music player.

The Aerophone supports USB-MIDI, allowing users to connect with a computer to play soft synths and record expressive MIDI tracks in a DAW. With the free Aerophone Editor app, users can customize sounds, create tone lists, and more from their iOS or Android mobile device.

To learn more about the Aerophone AE-10 and AE-10G Digital Wind Instruments, please visit Roland.com.

GO:SERIES

Roland Exhibits GO:SERIES Products


Portable musical series, including GO:KEYS, GO:PIANO and GO:MIXER, 
offers a new concept for novices and music lovers


Roland (LVCC Central Hall, Booth #17544) is displaying its GO:SERIES of products, a high-quality yet highly affordable line that makes it easy to create or capture life’s musical moments. The series includes the GO:KEYS Music Creation Keyboard (GO-61K), the GO:PIANO Digital Piano (GO-61PC) and the GO:MIXER Audio Mixer for Smartphones. A first for their price point, both keyboard models in the series also offer Bluetooth® connectivity for added musical and learning possibilities.

The portable, battery-powered GO:KEYS offers music-making possibilities for those interested in creating their own music but have not learned to play piano notes or chords, or even read music. Its unique design offers one-touch operation with a “Loop Mix” feature, in which different instrument patterns are assigned to a range of keys on the keyboard. A simple key-press creates a musical pattern that can be combined with others to create custom grooves while intuitive touch pads enable the sounds to be easily manipulated in real time. Built-in speakers and headphones jack offer on-the-go sound anywhere.

The battery-powered GO:PIANO features 61 full-size piano-style keys and high-quality sound derived from Roland’s professional digital piano models, all in an affordable package designed for beginners. Included are a variety of instrument sounds such as piano, organs, strings, and more, plus onboard practice features, a sustain pedal, headphones jack for private playing, and a built-in speaker system. The GO:PIANO comes with an education bundle that contains everything needed to get started, including a lesson book and built-in songs from the best-selling Faber Piano Adventures®.

GO:MIXER is a compact audio mixer for smartphone video production that is also powered by the smartphone. Compatible with iOS and Android smartphones, it connects digitally with up to five sources via an included cable, providing clear stereo sound that’s far better than the phone’s built-in mono mic or analog line input. With multiple inputs available, users can connect a mic, musical instruments, and media players, and mix them all together live while they shoot—the ideal solution for adding pro sound to social media videos.

For more information about GO:KEYS (U.S. Street $299), GO:PIANO (U.S. Street $329) with education bundle, and GO:MIXER (U.S. Street $99), please visit Roland.com.

GO:KEYS ScratchX Extension

Learn to Code and Make Music with Roland’s New GO:KEYS ScratchX Extension


Kids can create interactive stories, games and animations with music and 
sound using Roland keyboard and popular Scratch visual programing language


Roland Corporation (LVCC Central Hall, Booth# 17544) announces the release of GO:KEYS ScratchX Extension, a computer programing extension at the intersection of coding and music creation that offers a new way for kids to connect their GO:KEYS keyboards with the popular visual computer programming language Scratch. When ScratchX and the GO:KEYS ScratchX Extension are connected to a GO:KEYS instrument, kids can create original interactive stories, games, and animations with authentic sounds and music accompaniment. A project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is used by millions of children around the world.

ScratchX is a browser-based platform for working with experimental extensions built by developers for the visual programming language Scratch. With its high-quality sounds and Loop Mix function, GO:KEYS is an ideal companion for ScratchX. In addition, it’s possible to use GO:KEYS as an interactive controller for animation and other content created with ScratchX. Together, GO:KEYS and ScratchX form a unique platform for inspiring children and helping them explore their creativity.

The portable, battery-powered GO:KEYS offers music-making possibilities for those interested in creating their own music but have not learned to play piano notes or chords, or even read music. Its unique design offers one-touch operation with a “Loop Mix” feature, in which different instrument patterns are assigned to a range of keys on the keyboard. A simple key-press creates a musical pattern that can be combined with others to create custom grooves, while intuitive touch pads enable the sounds to be easily manipulated in real time. Bluetooth® connectivity to smartphones or tablets lets users jam with their favorite music or record songs using music creation apps. The GO:KEYS contains more than 500 high-quality sounds. A touch panel and backlit LCD makes it easy to select the perfect sound and musical genre. Built-in speakers and headphones jack offer on-the-go sound anywhere.

Brian Alli, Roland’s Vice President of Artist Relations and Business Development, offered, “As we’ve explored Scratch, we’ve grown our own appreciation for the natural relationship between learning to code and playing music. We’re excited to showcase the ScratchX Extension and its applications within GO:KEYS at CES this year.”

Learn more about the Roland GO:KEYS ScratchX Extension by visiting Roland.com.

DJ Controller 

Roland Displays DJ-505 DJ Controller


Also included are new sample packs, plus limited time bundle featuring 
BPM Supreme membership and Roland Cloud Academy training


Roland (LVCC Central Hall, Booth #17544) is displaying the DJ-505, a new DJ controller for Serato DJ. Equipped with features derived from Roland’s popular DJ-808 DJ Controller, the DJ-505 offers onboard Roland TR drum sounds, dual low-latency platters, Serato DJ integration, vocal FX, and more. Released to wide acclaim in 2016, the DJ-808 DJ Controller is a state-of-the-art creative tool with a four-channel mixer, built-in drum sequencing, vocal processing, and the deepest Serato DJ integration available.

The DJ-505 is a two-channel, four-deck Serato DJ controller that comes with the complete Serato Tool Kit. With its portable design, pro-grade build, and advanced feature set, the DJ-505 is ideal for mobile applications, club DJing, live performance, and music production. Two large, low-latency platters on the DJ-505 provide responsive, lag-free performance for turntable-style scratches, while eight pads with 13 modes offer dedicated controls for Serato DJ. Also included are built-in drum kits from Roland’s classic TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines; each kit contains eight sounds that can be played on the performance pads and triggered from the onboard TR-S sequencer. The sequencer has a dedicated TR-style interface, and TR drum sounds and Serato samples can be adjusted in real time using panel knobs. The DJ-505’s mixer is Serato DVS Upgrade Ready, and can be used standalone with multi-players or turntables connected to the line and phono inputs. The DJ-505 functions as a USB audio/MIDI interface with 24-bit/48 kHz fidelity, high-resolution digital-to-analog converters, a MIDI output for controlling and syncing external devices, and a 1/4-inch mic input with gate, hi-pass, reverb, and echo FX. 

Additionally, the DJ-505 comes standard with four brand-new sample packs. Each pack contains eight high-quality WAV samples newly created by Roland that are ready to load into Serato Sampler, expanding users’ performance options with sounds from popular music genres that can be sequenced and mixed into DJ sets. The four new sample packs cover a number of styles: ‘80s, Drum ‘n’ Bass, EDM and Trap. The sample packs are available at the downloads page for the DJ-505.

For a limited time, Roland is including the DJ-505 as part of an exclusive bundle. The DJ-505 bundle, worth an additional $150.00+, includes a free 90-day BPM Supreme Standard membership ($59.97) and access to free DJ-505 Roland Cloud Academy training ($100+ value per training session).

To learn more, please visit Roland.com.

Melodics for V-drums 

Roland and Melodics Announce “Melodics for V-Drums”


Free downloadable, interactive drum lesson app dedicated for V-Drums


Roland Corporation (LVCC Central Hall, Booth# 17544) and Melodics™ announce the release of “Melodics for V-Drums,” a dedicated desktop drum learning app for Roland V-Drums, compatible with Mac or PC.

Since the first Roland V-Drums release in 1997, over one million units have been sold all over the world. From top pros to entry-level hobbyists, V-Drums instruments are highly acclaimed for their authentic performance and the various digital advantages that help players enjoy drumming.

Since 2015, Melodics has offered its unique desktop music lesson app to build up the finger-drumming skills of DJs or EDM musicians using pad controllers and drum machines. The app’s lesson programs have a highly visual design that integrates interactive game styles to keep users motivated. Lessons are created by a variety of contemporary musicians to cover a wide range of music genres and playing styles, and new lessons are introduced every week to encourage regular practice.

Roland and Melodics collaborated on the release of the new Melodics for V-Drums app to help Roland V-Drums users create and build up efficient drumming techniques. The app supports V-Drums equipped with a USB computer connector such as the TD-50, TD-30, TD-25, TD-15, TD-11, and TD-1 series, and features 40 free lessons onboard. V-Drums users can start taking lessons immediately after installing the app on their computer and connecting to the V-Drums via a USB cable.

Melodics for V-Drums is being offered currently as a free download. Paid subscribers can enjoy additional 60 lessons, with new lessons being added every week.

Melodics Limited CEO Sam Gribben noted, “We are excited to be working with Roland, the world leaders in electronic drums, to help musicians build and refine their skills. As all great drummers know, practice is the key to mastery. Melodics is designed to help drummers get more from every minute they spend practicing. Not only will you learn faster, you’ll reduce the bad habits that can build up with unstructured practice. With music you’ll love to play to, and tools designed to help you stay motivated, Melodics will feel more like fun than work. Together, Roland and Melodics will help drummers around the world to get better, faster.”

Roland Corporation CEO and Representative Director Jun-ichi Miki added, “Since the first V-Drums release in 1997, V-Drums have been acclaimed by drummers all over the world. We decided to collaborate with Melodics to support effective drum practicing using our V-Drums. Generally, drum practicing tends to be boring and time consuming. The drum lessons available on Melodics cover various musical styles and help make learning to drum fun and efficient. The combination of using V-Drums and Melodics together is an ideal solution for both beginner and experienced drummers.”

To learn more about the Melodics for V-Drums app, visit www.melodics.com/vdrums/.

Kiyola 

MoMA Design Store to Debut Mid-Century-Styled Roland Piano


Roland Kiyola home piano collaboration with Japanese furniture designer 
Karimoku available in U.S. exclusively from MoMA Design Store through June 2018


Roland (LVCC Central Hall, Booth# 17544) is proud to announce that the Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store will debut Roland’s first mid-century-styled home piano in the U.S. as part of their Spring Summer 2018 catalog collection. Hand-crafted in Japan from all-natural wood, and available in U.S. exclusively from MoMA Design Store January 21 through June 30, 2018, the Kiyola is unlike any other piano on the market. Created in a collaboration with Roland and Japanese furniture designer Karimoku, Japan’s largest wood furniture-maker since 1940, the Kiyola is a slim, ergonomically contoured piano that complements living spaces like a piece of artisan furniture, with individual grain patterns unique to each piano, making each piano a work of art.

With its model name translating as “elegance and beauty,” the Kiyola is visually unique, drawing stylistically from mid-century modern furniture design aesthetics. Karimoku is also a noted exponent of environmentally friendly, low-formaldehyde timber, maintaining a socially responsible piano footprint with chic design. Roland will exhibit the Kiyola piano for the first time in the U.S. during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 9-12, 2018.

Emmanuel Plat, director of merchandising at MoMA Retail, said, “We are thrilled to debut Roland’s Mid-Century Piano in the United States at MoMA Design Store. Having worked with Karimoku in Japan, when we initially saw the product, we were in awe of its beauty and craftsmanship juxtaposed with the innovative technology, making this a unique addition to our offerings.”

Roland Corporation Vice President of Global Business Development Brian Alli said, “Roland is honored that MoMA Design Store selected our piano for their catalog and that MoMA Design Store will be debuting this instrument in the U.S. This piano is like nothing else ever offered by any instrument maker, and MoMA Design Store’s interest and support for the Kiyola is an inspiration to our entire Roland organization worldwide. We are very proud to be a part of this endeavor.”     

Legendary Roland digital sound technology meets artisan craftsmanship and tradition with the Kiyola piano, offering an all-natural handcrafted wood cabinet that complements living spaces with minimalist elegance and Roland’s innovative electronic music technology. The Kiyola delivers top-level performance with flagship features including SuperNATURAL Piano sound modelling, dynamic sensing technology via the new PHA-50 keyboard, wireless Bluetooth® connectivity and a dynamic array of speakers to fill homes with sound. Available exclusively from MoMA Design Store in a Pure Oak finish, the Kiyola comes with a foot pedal and an ergonomically designed piano bench.

To learn more about the Roland Kiyola, visit Roland.com.


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About Roland Corporation
Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, digital recording equipment, amplifiers, audio processors, and multimedia products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit Roland.com or see your local Roland dealer.

About MoMA Design Store
MoMA Design Store offers curator-approved products that bring quality, creativity, and design innovation to everyday living. Every purchase supports groundbreaking exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), a wide range of education programs, and the preservation of the Museum’s collection. In 1932, MoMA was the first art museum to establish a curatorial department dedicated to Architecture & Design, and by mid-century, it was playing a leading role in defining and promoting the values of “Good Design,” which MoMA Design Store continues to champion. Shop online at store.moma.org, or at locations in SoHo, on 53rd Street, and within The Museum.