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SE-02 Boutique: Roland goes Studio Electronics!

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Cute Minimoog (rack) with step-sequencer?

A collaborative effort from Roland and Studio Electronics, the SE-02 is the debut product of the new Roland Boutique Designer Series. The SE-02 uses authentic discrete analog circuitry to create a synthesizer with a distinctly vintage sound and vast programming options. With an array of high-quality knobs and switches and a uniquely creative onboard sequencer, the SE-02 delivers massive tone and texture with expressive hands-on control.
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In memoriam of Ikutaro Kakehashi (1930-2017)

Notice of death of one the most impressive personalities in synthesizer history. Ikutaro Kakehashi, who died on the 1st of April 2017 at the age of 87, had an amazing life.

After completing an apprenticeship as a watch-maker, Ikutaro, who was fascinated by the American sound of the 50s, started to build home organs. Following his first company Ace Electronic, he founded ROLAND in 1972. That’s THE Roland – one of the most famous synthesizer names today.

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Impressions of the Roland System-8

In short: Roland’s new Synthesizer flagship – the System-8 – is amazingly powerful. Ok, ok, today’s “synthesizers” are light-weight plastic boxes (a fact that we probably have to accept), but in terms of musical output, the System-8 offers a whole universe. And – ! – Roland’s great step-sequencer can now be transposed via the keyboard. Something users of the JP-8000 and JD-XA would love to have at their disposal.

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Impressions of the NEW Minimoog

The best idea Moog has had in years. The original Minimoog! Now that the first units have been delivered, it’s time for a first feedback. The handcrafting is excellent (what else would you expect from Minimoog?), that great sound is as it was (or … at least almost … sensitive eary might hear little discrepancies in the envelopes, but … who cares).

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Jean Michel Jarre and the …?

The guru of synthi-pop hasn’t let up a bit. He’s as active as ever. The young 68-year-old Jean Michel Jarre beguiles his public with high quality mutimedia stage shows, bringing old and new songs, using old and new instruments. A nice addition to the troupe is the GRP A4 that has replaced the ARP 2600 at the side of the memorymoog in the middle of the action.

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Hartmann “20” – an Aston Martin in bits and bytes?

Looking for a virtual-analog synth with a wavetable (Waldorf) engine, for a puny 20,000 Euros? (And don’t forget those taxes!) Get one before they’re all gone. Axel Hartmann’s hand-crafted Designer-Synth “20”, the new Aston Martin under the synths, will only be produced 40 times (20 x silver, 20 x black) – and that’s it! This sportscar has new SUPRA Op-Amps inside, which should give it a special dynamic sound.

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