February 3, 2005
../ 2005 NAMM Report: Roland
Roland surprised everyone with the release of the
V-Synth XT rack. Although, we fantasized about a V Rack in our
rumor report, we had no idea that it would actually come to fruition. Roland did the rack right with a
full color touch sensitive screen, that doubles as the Time-Trip Pad,
a chassis design that can be at home either in a rack or on a desktop, and a software update (see below).
Also announced was version 2.0 of the V-Synth's software. This will be a free
download from Roland's V-Synth web site, www.v-synth.com
and will include new analog modeled oscillators, including the JP-8000's famed SuperSaw,
a new set of patches and new expressive features for modulating the sounds. A killer
new voice processor card (and we do mean KILLER) was also announced for the V-Synth line. The XT's retail price is $2499.
I don't know who's in charge of the pricing schedule over there, but the unit should of debuted at $1999 or less to make a significant impact at
the cash register. For a rack unit, that's just too much money. The sad thing is that when Roland does lower the price, the buzz and momentum will be gone. We didn't get the Juno/Jupiter card
we were hungry for, but we did hear a rumor that Roland may offer licenses to third parties for additional card development.
A software update for the MV-8000 was revealed bringing the OS to version 3. A previously announced VGA card
for the MV is now shipping and comes bundled with the MV-8000 until March 31, 2005.
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