Roland arguably fields one of the most comprehensive and diverse range of synths, electronic drum kits, recording equipment, guitar amplifiers and guitar FX pedals (under the name BOSS) on earth, and has worked hard to build a reputation for creating professional gear packing intuitive and unique features.
Sound engineers and producers would do well to take in Roland’s competitively specced Duo Capture, Quad Capture and Octa Capture recording devices, all of which make use of the company’s renowned series of VS preamps and ultra-low latency drivers to ensure fast and responsive work from very portable units.
Drummers will no doubt already know the Roland V-Drum name of course, the current incarnations seriously pushing boundaries with thousands of beautifully-recorded, highly editable tones married up to sturdy, authentic-feeling drum pads and hardware that will provide the perfect solution for those who need to drum either in the studio or quietly in restricted spaces.
The Roland Cube series of amplifiers has been hugely appreciated by guitarists, allowing them access to a huge number of the BOSS guitar modelling tones they know and love across three channels – clean, lead, and solo – and adding in select features like the ‘power squeezer’, which enables soaring break-up at low volume levels.
On keys, Roland is hardly short of world-renowned product either, with anything from the retro Jupiter 80 analogue-modelling synthesiser to the astonishingly powerful RD700-NX virtual piano, both perfect as touring and studio companions.
Finally, while the BOSS catalogue is far too big to talk about comprehensively here, it’s the all-in-one, hands-on designs of the likes of the ME50 and ME75, the simple, edgy kick of the DS-1 and the innovative looping brilliance of the RC30 that have helped the company carve out an unrivalled name in the market.