Roland, like Yamaha, is another brand that has a wide range of keyboards targeting intermediate to advanced players.
They may not have lot of choices for the absolute beginner, especially in arranger keyboards, but for the other keyboard instrument types they have products that have the capabilities to match the best in the market.
Roland, established in 1972, is a world leader in manufacturing electronic musical instruments.
Its product range includes electronic keyboards, synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion kits, digital recording equipments and audio processing devices.
Roland is known for its amazing line of synthesizers and workstations, the Fantom-X being the most widely used among the professionals; the other popular ones include the Juno series, V-Synth and VP-550.
Their sounds are of extremely high quality, even those of acoustic instruments like the Piano, Guitar and strings.
Roland also has a superb line of digital pianos. The range of digital pianos offered is great and the sounds are amazing. These digital pianos are used by both the Royal College of music and Royal Academy of Music – two of the UK’s top music conservatoires.
Amazing Sounds The Fantom-X was a smash-hit when it was released because of its amazing sounds, including the acoustic ones.
Be it the string section, drums, guitars or the piano, the samples that have been used are of top quality. Some of the other models like the JUNO series share the same processor as the Fantom-X, so even they sound fantastic.
World Music/Styles Their arranger keyboards score over the other competitors in this area, as they offer a wide range of ethnic sounds and music styles, including Western, Middle Eastern, and Asian cultures.
With a global array of musical accompaniments under your fingertips, you are never going to fall short of ideas to create any kind of music on your roland keyboard.
Complete Recording tools Most of the Roland keyboards have a 16-Track Sequencer which can help you to start recording your own stuff.
As you go for the higher models, you can find lot of studio Effects, mastering tools and additional vocal tracks to help you record vocal parts. It will provide you all the tools to make that professional sounding mix using just your roland keyboard.
Computer friendly USB ports have been provided in most of the models to make it easier to communicate with a Computer.
You can use a software sequencer like Sonar or Cubase for your recording, though the Fantom-X and the JUNO series can be used by itself to create complete songs from start to finish. You can even send and receive AIFF/Wav files which can use in your recordings.
V-LINK: Jazz up your Performance This will surely excite the professional performers. Just imagine being able to instantly trigger video clips using your pads, or create video transitions and effects using your keyboards controllers like the pitch bender and other knobs.
It's a live performer's dream! Using the V-LINK technology, you can trigger and manipulate video clips but you will need a video editor like the Edirol DV-7PR.
Digital Pianos The range of digital pianos offered and their high standards of quality is making the Roland Digital Pianos extremely popular among professionals and is being used extensively in studios.
Their digital pianos are also used by both the Royal College of music and Royal Academy of Music – two of the UK’s top music conservatoires. Lot of people get impressed with the excellent action, sensitivity and musical qualities of these Digital Pianos.
Roland has a wide range of products spread across workstations, synthesizers, arranger keyboards, Pianos and Digital Pianos.
Most of their models are extremely popular with professionals and educational institutions. All the models have an amazing array of sounds.