Roland have just announced the latest addition to their series of plug-out synthesizers in the shape of the Promars Compuphonic.
The Promars synthesizer was originally produced by Roland in the early 1980s and was a predecessor to the classic Roland Jupiter. It’s since become one of the hardest vintage synthesizers to track down on the second hand market.
As with Roland’s previous plug-out instruments, you don’t need to own a System-1 in order to use it since it’s able to run as an independent VST plug-in.
Multi genre EDM producers The Death Beats who have contributed music to a number of hit TV shows over the years including Beauty & The Beast, Shameless and The Fosters have recently scored the intro track to director Daniel Benmayor’s forthcoming blockbuster ‘Tracers’ starring Taylor Lautner.
The movie in which Lautner plays a New York City bike messenger wanted by the mafia, opens with an action packed free running / parkour sequence backed up by a full on Drumstep soundtrack by The Death Beats.
Tracers starring Adam Rayner, Marie Avgeropoulos and Taylor Lautner is set for release on March 20th.
If you’re a synth fanatic, the JD-Xi Interactive Crossover Synthesizer is a cool new hybrid keyboard that you’ll love! It features a true analog synth engine for authentic lead and bass tones, plus two digital sound engines that power Roland’s famous SuperNATURAL synth sounds. There are a ton of great drum kits on board as well, plus a four-track pattern sequencer for putting together songs and loops. This compact powerhouse also comes with a high-quality gooseneck mic for exploring rich vocal textures with the built-in Vocoder, AutoPitch, and Auto Note functions.
With its unique crossover design, the JD-Xi delivers two distinctive sonic personalities. In one affordable keyboard, you get the warm, smooth response of classic analog, plus the clarity and versatility of modern digital.
The analog section of the JD-Xi features a newly developed monophonic synth with saw, triangle, and square waveforms, along with pulse-width modulation and an analog filter. There’s also an independent sub oscillator, great for creating fat, wall-shaking bass sounds.
Loaded with Roland’s acclaimedSuperNATURALsynth tones, the two digital synth sections in the JD-Xi provide 128-voice total polyphony for playing nearly any music style. A wide range of sounds are on tap, including pads, strings, electric piano, sound effects, and many others.
All sounds can be tweaked in real time with hands-on Filter, Amp/Envelope, and LFO controls. There are also four simultaneous effects that offer standard processing options like reverb and delay along with more dramatic sound-shapers such as Bit Crusher, Slicer, Ring Mod, and more. Each effects section can be turned on/off separately for the three synth sections and drums, allowing you to explore many different combos for enhancing your music.