In conjunction with Rolands 30th anniversary of the D-50 and one of the biggest Pro-Audio music events in the world THE FUTURE REDEFINED, Roland has treated us to three brand new and exciting products. Introducing the Roland D-05 Boutique Linear Synthsiser, V-Combo VR-09-B Live Performance Keyboard and V-Combo VR-730 Live Performance Keyboard. Let’s jump straight in an find out more about these awesome products!
NEW ROLAND GEAR! D-05 Boutique Synth & V-Combo Performance Keyboards!
Released in 1987, the Roland D-50 Linear Synthesizer is easily one of the most influential keyboards ever made. This revolutionary instrument helped define the sound of the late ‘80s with its instantly recognizable mix of sampled attacks and synthesized sustaining waveforms, plus built-in chorus, reverb, and EQ. It’s the basis of classic tracks in a wide range of genres including synth pop, new wave, new jack, and R&B, and can be heard in countless film scores of the era. With the Roland D-05, you get the iconic sound and dedicated control of the D-50 in a modern device that perfectly recreates the legendary synth down to its finest details.
The ’80s were a dynamic period for pop music. Producers were trying new things, looking for new sounds, and new genres were being forged at a furious pace. From 1987 on, the Roland D-50 was massively influential and appeared in studios and on stages around the world. Some of the most revered recording artists in history have used the beautifully crafted presets, unaltered, as the cornerstone of huge international hits.
There’s just something about the quality of its sound that grabs you. And with the Roland D-05, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this trailblazing synthesizer by putting all the powerful beauty of the D-50 into the modern Roland Boutique format.
Lightweight, affordable, and outfitted with top-level Roland sounds, the V-Combo VR-09-B is the ideal all-in-one solution for performing keyboard players. Dedicated organ, acoustic/electric piano, and synth engines are organized into three sections on the front panel, providing fingertip access to the essential tones you need for covering any music style. Powerful real-time controls give you maximum expression on stage, with hands-on sliders for tone shaping and a large array of knobs and buttons for tweaking the seven simultaneous effects and numerous other parameters. With its versatile sounds, smart user interface, and highly mobile design, the V-Combo VR-09-B is a dream come true for gigging musicians.
Vintage gear is great, but it’s not very practical for the average working keyboard player who needs to travel light. A combo organ, rotary speaker, and electric piano can add up to several hundred pounds, and are very bulky and difficult for one person to move. The VR-09-B includes all these sounds and more in an instrument that weighs just 12 lb. 3 oz./5.5 kg, so it’s a breeze to transport and even easier to set up. And with support for battery operation, the VR-09-B delivers the ultimate mobile convenience for street gigs, weddings, and various on-the-go events.
The VR-09-B is packed with a ton of ready-to-play synths, from Roland analogue classics like JUNO strings and JUPITER pads to textured, modern-era digital tones and beyond. There are lots of fat, analogue-style lead and bass tones to choose from as well, plus organic ’80s-era synth sounds from Roland’s famous D-50. The 200-plus sounds cover a wide range of styles and genres and are organized into dedicated one-touch categories like Lead, Bass, Pad, Strings, and more for fast access.
The V-Combo VR-730 delivers top-quality organ, electric piano, acoustic piano, and synth sounds in a travel-ready instrument with a 73-note waterfall keyboard. You don’t need to carry around that heavy vintage combo organ, rotary speaker, and traditional EP anymore—the VR-730 gives you the essential sounds and authentic playability you need while saving your back. The onboard organs faithfully respond to classic techniques, while the historic electric pianos—which include a selection from the acclaimed RD-2000 Stage Piano—offer impeccable tone and touch. And with the smart user interface and direct access controls, you can focus on playing without being bothered with fussy adjustments and complicated settings. The V-Combo VR-730 is the perfect instrument for pro performers on the move, providing versatile, gig-ready sounds in a highly mobile package.
The VR-730 is equipped with a 73-note waterfall keyboard with semi-weighted action, ideal for playing traditional organ techniques like trill, sputter, glissando, and percussive hits. As soon as you put your hands on the keys, you’ll feel right at home with the smooth touch that has just the right amount of resistance.
The quick response thanks to Quick Firing feature makes it easy and comfortable to play fast passages, percussive attack expressions, and soft glissandos. The waterfall shape also provides a friendly feel for piano players, and the extra octave is a welcome addition for those used to 61-note keyboards, offering extended playing range and bigger zones for splits.