NAMM 2015: Is Roland releasing an analogue/digital hybrid synth?

A Juno, a Jupiter, or something else?
A Juno, a Jupiter, or something else?

Rumours are rife that Roland is set to unveil a new synth at the NAMM Show later this month.

The frenzy began when Japanese artist Daisuke Asakura shared an image of a Roland instrument called the JD-Xi on Facebook (this has since been removed), and it appears that this could be some kind of analogue/digital hybrid.

Create Digital Music speculates that the digital synth section may enable polyphonic operation, but that there's also an analogue oscillator with sub-oscillator. An analogue filter also looks to be on the cards.

Whether this is a new addition to the AIRA range remains to be seen; it may be that this synth will be branded differently, and will be unveiled in addition to new AIRA hardware. We fully expect to see it at NAMM, though; 2015 is already shaping up to be a big year in the hardware synth market.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.