January 18, 2006

Surprise! Roland bores us to tears for one more year!

by Chris Randall
 

"The A stands for Access. Fantom power for the masses!" Just what the world needs. Four more Fantom workstations. Hey, guys at Roland R&D? L stands for fucking Lame. Roland is the Stevie Wonder of the synth industry. In the 70s, they were The Shit. In the year 2006, they're just shit, with ten iterations of the synthesizer equivalent of "I Just Called To Say I Love You."
 
 
 

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Jan.18.2006 @ 10:22 PM
DaveAA
I take it the SH-201 didn't inpress you then? Or the VP-550?

Doesn't the V-Synth line count as cutting edge?

Are the other major manufactureers doing any better?

 
 

 
Jan.18.2006 @ 11:05 PM
boobs
V-synth is about all they have going for my $ and only if i was forced to buy a roland product.

the Sh-201 looks like a fisherprice trainwreck. they need some new design people.

the VP-550 could be interesting. though it is also... ugly.

i dont think the other majors are doing any better though. there's always a good market for workstations i guess but in general this is the kind of hardware that loses out in the argument of "why do i need hardware when i have a laptop/computer?" but that's their market so what can you do.

there's much better things happening w/smaller manufacturers anyway. roland shmoland...

 
 

 
Jan.19.2006 @ 4:54 AM
Switchonoff
Looks like the SH-201could be fun for a synth n00bZ0r like me. I might get one if the price is low enough for my modest budget, but it's so damn UGLY I wouldn't even dare showing it to my friends.
It's so early '90 pseudo-techno looking it almost hurts.
But what do I know, 303's where considered effing lame when they came out.
 
 

 
Jan.19.2006 @ 6:57 AM
inteliko
I hear they added d-beams and vocoders to all v-acordians.
 
 

 
Jan.19.2006 @ 8:26 AM
giantm
The SH-201 looks like a virtual analog model of the products they were making 25 years ago. If that's what you want, pick up an old Juno 106 or Super Jupiter off eBay. Then you could at least rock out with some old school credibility. The 106 would probably even save you some money.
 
 

 
Jan.19.2006 @ 8:59 AM
inverseroom
The new small machines look great to me. After reading reviews of the V-Synth, esp. the vocal section, I wished Roland would chop it up and release some more affordable, smaller machines with hands-on controls. And that's what they did. A sequel to the VP-330? Please, this is an awesome idea. I'm delighted...I hope they sound good.
 
 

 
Jan.19.2006 @ 10:40 AM
D' MacKinnon
Does anyone outside of hip-hop buy workstations anymore?
 
 

 
Jan.19.2006 @ 10:46 AM
Chris Randall
Sure. Lots of people do. Like this guy:

link [www.analoginduses.co...]">link [www.analoginduses.co...]

Viz. the earlier comments on the SH-201, avoid it like the plague that it is, unless it is $89. There are about 45,600 synths already available just like it, and 9/10th of them are better. As the Music Thing blog points out today, you can certainly get a decent vintage analog for the price, and it won't be made out of plastic.

-CR

 
 

 
Jan.19.2006 @ 11:24 AM
inverseroom
"There are about 45,600 synths already available just like it, and 9/10th of them are better. As the Music Thing blog points out today, you can certainly get a decent vintage analog for the price, and it won't be made out of plastic."

Fair enough!

 
 

 
Jan.19.2006 @ 1:09 PM
boobs
it's worth spending a few extra dollars to get something a little better..

so even if the 201 is priced cheap, if i were a noob out for a synth, i'd still get something like an evolver or a used nord or as suggested up there a juno-106.. so many better options...

 
 

 
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