Published On: Wed, Mar 12th, 2014

Frankfurt Musikmesse 2014: New Roland Gear

See below for the full range of Roland gear to be unveiled at Frankfurt Musikmesse this year , We’ve highlighted our favourite but see here for the full list

 

 

 

 

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Roland GP-10 Guitar Processor

The new GP-10 puts a universe of amazing tones and tunings at your command, all in one compact processor that’s affordable and easy to use. With a Roland GK-compatible pickup on your guitar, the GP-10 lets you transform your sound into numerous classic electric and acoustic guitar types, basses, and even analogue-modelled synths, including the legendary Roland GR-300. Not stopping there, you have access to instant altered tunings, including popular open tunings, 12-string tones, and “down” tunings that are essential for today’s ultra-heavy rock styles.

The versatile GP-10 also functions as a full-featured multi-effects processor for both GK and normal pickups, giving you a huge selection of COSM® amps and effects for live playing and studio recording. In addition, USB connectivity lets you capture GP-10 tones directly into your DAW, and you can even play computer-based soft synths from your axe with the GP-10’s guitar-to-MIDI convertor!

Instant access to down tunings, open tunings, 12-string sounds, and your own custom tunings

Instrument modelling powered by COSM technology, including conventional electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, plus sitar, banjo, fretless guitar, and others

Analogue guitar synthesizer modelling driven by real-time DSP allows you to play expressive, ultra-responsive synth tones

Create totally new sounds by blending modelled and normal guitar tones together

High-quality COSM amps and multi-effects derived from the GT-100

13-pin input for guitars equipped with a Roland GK-3 Divided Pickup or other GK-compatible pickup

Standard 1/4-inch guitar input allows for use of amps and effects with any guitar

USB audio/MIDI interface for multi-channel audio recording (including individual string output) and guitar-to-MIDI conversion with GK pickup

BOSS TONE STUDIO editor/librarian for Mac/Windows and custom patches available at bosstonecentral.com

Available with or without a GK-3 Divided Pickup

Play the GP-10 and another 13-pin GK device at the same time using the GKP-2 Parallel Cable (optional)

 

 

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GT-001

The GT-001 packs the acclaimed amps and effects of the flagship GT-100 Version 2.0 in a stylish desktop processor for your home studio or mobile rig. Its small size fits easily into any workspace, while the intuitive interface makes it simple to dial up world-class tones for recording and practice. In addition to the guitar input, an XLR mic input is included for capturing vocals or acoustic instruments, and the built-in USB audio/MIDI interface provides a direct connection for creating music with your favourite DAW

Like the GT-100, the GT-001 offers powerful sound creation possibilities with dual amps and effects chains and flexible routing options. On top of that, a newly developed guitar-to-MIDI function lets you have fun with Guitar Friend Jam and other computer programs from a normal guitar input—no special pickup required! Available as a free download, the BOSS TONE STUDIO software provides a cool graphical interface for tweaking tones from your computer, plus access to BOSS TONE CENTRAL for free studio-ready patches and much more.

Premium amps and effects in a stylish desktop unit

Includes BOSS’ latest COSM® amp models, powerful MDP effects, and more

Flexible routing of amps and effects through two effect chains

Advanced multi-channel USB audio/MIDI interface for flexible recording and efficient re-amping

Compatible with GT-100 Version 2.0 sound patches

Panel knobs for adjusting sounds and dedicated buttons for calling up favourite tones

BOSS TONE STUDIO editor/librarian for Mac/Windows and custom patches available at bosstonecentral.com

XLR mic input with phantom power; specially designed effects patches for vocals and acoustic guitars

1/8-inch input for connecting a stereo device such as a smart phone or music player

Monophonic guitar-to-MIDI conversion from normal 1/4-inch guitar input

Jack for connecting an expression pedal or up to two footswitches for real-time effects control and patch changes

Powered by USB bus or included AC adapter

 

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Roland Cube Street EX

With its compact size and battery-powered operation, Roland’s CUBE Street was a huge hit among travelling musicians. Now, the new CUBE Street EX infuses the popular mobile amp with a huge performance upgrade that delivers more projection, more channels, and more versatility. 50 big watts of power and a stereo speaker system with dual woofers and tweeters provide clean, punchy sound for larger crowds, while four independent channels offer abundant connections for a variety of mics and instruments. Detailed sound adjustment is available with separate EQ and reverb controls, and great guitar tones are dialled in easily with the onboard COSM® amps. Selectable power modes provide up to 20 hours of operation with eight AA batteries, and two CUBE Street EX units can be linked together for more sound coverage if needed. And with i-CUBE LINK, you can even plug in your iPhone or iPad to play backing music and record your performances!

  • Innovative new Roland technology provides 50 watts of stereo power from eight AA-size batteries
  • Selectable output power modes to optimize battery life for different performing situations (Max: 50 W/5 hours; Normal: 25 W/10 hours; Eco: 10 W/20 hours*)
  • Portable, lightweight design (7.4 kg/16 lb. 5 oz.) with durable ABS injection-moulded cabinet
  • Powerful, full-range stereo sound with dual 8-inch woofers and 2-inch tweeters
  • Four independent channels for connecting a variety of mics, instruments, and audio devices
  • Two XLR mic inputs allow two vocalists to perform at once
  • COSM tones for electric guitar, including Clean, Crunch, and Lead; preamp for acoustic guitar provides clean, natural sound
  • Angled back for use as a stage monitor; mounting hole for use with optional ST-A95 Speaker Stand
  • Stereo Line Out jacks for connecting to an external sound system when used as a stage monitor
  • Stereo Link jacks to connect a second CUBE Street EX for broader sound coverage
  • Easy recording into your iPhone/iPad via i-CUBE LINK and free CUBE JAM app
  • Optional CB-CS2 Carrying Case made with water-repellent material

*Approximate battery life under continuous use with rechargeable AA Ni-MH batteries

 

 

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ME-80

FX is a healthy addiction. Sure, you might start out with a dash of drive, but pretty soon you’ll be chasing sounds your setup can’t deliver. If you just want another stopgap FX pedal, move along. But if you want a keeper, invest in the new Boss ME-80. Raising the spec of the Boss ME-70, and taking key features from the flagship Boss GT-100, it’s as tone-packed as a top studio, but as easy to operate as a stompbox.

Think of a box and the Boss ME-80 ticks it. Under the bonnet, an array of ultra-realistic COSM amp models replicate the coolest amps in history, and pro Boss effects are ready to give your songs wings. On the dashboard, a pedalboard-style layout of gig-friendly footswitches, intuitive controls and expression pedal let you bring the noise fast and shape it in real-time.

Live guitarists will lap up the Boss ME-80, but so too will production boffins, thanks to free Boss Tone Studio software that allows deep editing on your computer, and gives a web connection to the gig-ready patches and endless guitar content at Boss Tone Central. There’s a new Boss in town.

  • Compact and powerful floor multi-effects with simple knob-based interface
  • Eight simultaneous effects categories, each with multiple effects types
  • Dial up tones with the ease of using your favourite stompboxes
  • Includes a massive selection of top-quality effects, from classic Boss stomps to the latest MDP effects
  • Updated flagship-level COSM amps derived from the GT-100
  • Eight multi-function footswitches and expression pedal
  • Manual mode for stompbox-style on/off; Memory mode for switching complete patch setups
  • Delay section includes Phrase Loop function with 38 seconds of recording
  • Runs on six AA batteries or optional PSA-series AC adapter
  • USB audio/MIDI interface built in
  • Free Boss Tone Studio software allows you to edit and organise tones on your computer, and also preview and download free patches directly from the Boss Tone Central website
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