Roland GAIA SH-01
FRANKFURT MUSIKMESSE 2010: Whisper it quietly, but Roland’s Musikmesse 2010 new product line-up is arguably more exciting than the one the company took to NAMM. MusicRadar is here to guide you though it, starting with a brand new synth.
Any product that bears the SH name has a lot to live up to; Roland reckons its new triple-stacked virtual analogue engine will deliver the sonic goods. What’s more, the company believes that the GAIA is simple enough for first timers to grasp – the question, of course, is whether it’ll offer anything for the hardcore users, too.
Roland Lucina AX-09
Having successfully revived the keytar with last year’s AX-Synth, Roland is now offering a more affordable strap-on in the shape of the AX-09. This isn’t a pro-level instrument by any means - even Roland admits that it’s for “hobbyists and children”, but if the price is right, we reckon it could make its way onto quite a few stages.
BOSS knows the score when it comes to portable multitrack recorders: this new one enables you to record up to four channels simultaneously and achieves its slim form factor via the inclusion of touch-sensor switches rather than buttons. As you can see, the BR-800 can also be hooked up to a computer to serve as an audio interface or control surface.
Cakewalk V-Studio 20
If the BR-800 is designed for the guitarist who’s not yet totally committed to the idea of computer-based recording, the VS-20 - a collaboration between Cakewalk and BOSS - is the product for the six-string lover who is a little more PC or Mac-savvy. It offers a stereo USB audio interface, control surface, built-in stereo mics and onboard COSM DSP effects, while Cakewalk’s Guitar Tracks software is included, too.
Every company and its dog now has a handheld portable recorder in its product roster, but Roland/Edirol have been producing them longer than most. The new R-05 can make stereo 24-bit/96kHz recordings to SD card, and promises a battery life of over 16 hours per charge.
This is billed as an SD/CD recorder but is actually an end-to-end production box. As well as a stereo mic, it has XLR 1/4-inch and RCA inputs, and can be battery or mains powered. There are also a couple of useful practice features, the most notable of these being the option to speed up or slow down music without changing its pitch.
We’re not sure we’ll every actually buy one of Roland’s V-Accordions, but we’re still sort of glad they exist (not least because of press shots like the one above). For the record, the FR-3X “provides faster response and higher sensitivity and precision, plus detection of the bellows opening and closing”.
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