About Roland

Product History

1970-   1980   1990   2000

1972

TR-33/TR-55/TR-77
Rhythm machines

The first Roland-branded products

TR-33/TR-55/TR-77

1973

SH-1000
Synthesizer

Roland’s first synthesizer

SH-1000

1974

EP-30
Electronic piano

The world’s first electronic piano with touch-sensitive keyboard

EP-30
RE-201
Echo chamber

Pioneer of spatial effects, having been familiar among professionals as "Space Echo" for a long time.

RE-201

1975

JC-series

These guitar amps were equipped with stereo chorus effects, and are still used by guitarists around the world

JCV[Y

1976

SYSTEM-700
Modular synthesizer system

Japan’s first large-scale modular synthesizer system; it was purchased by organizations such as NHK and BBC

SYSTEM-700
CE-1
Chorus ensemble

The first BOSS-branded effect processor

CE-1

1977

GR-500
Guitar synthesizer

The world’s first guitar synthesizer

GR-500
MC-8
Micro composer

The first microprocessor-based micro composer, and a history-making component of the sequenced-music genre

MC-8
OD-1/SP-1/PH-1
Compact effects

Three models were released as the first in a series of BOSS compact effects

OD-1/SP-1/PH-1

1978

CR-68/CR-78
Rhythm machine

The world’s first microprocessor-based rhythm machines

CR-68/CR-78
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1980

TR-808
Rhythm machine

This programmable rhythm machine allowed musicians to program an entire song, and achieved legendary status around the world

TR-808

1981

JUPITER-8
Synthesizer

A polyphonic-synthesizer masterpiece

JUPITER-8

1983

MSQ-700
Sequencer

The world’s first MIDI sequencer

MSQ-700
JX-3P
Synthesizer

Roland’s first synthesizer with MIDI support (Along with the JUPITER-6)

JX-3P

1984

MPU-401
MIDI processing unit

An interface for connecting a PC to a MIDI device; a history-making component of desktop music

MPU-401

1985

α-DRUM
Digital drums

First electronic drum set

α-DRUM

1986

RD-1000
Digital piano

The world’s first digital piano based on digital synthesis; it paved the way for Roland’s history-making digital-piano family.

RD-1000

1987

D-50
Full digital linear synthesizer

Roland’s first full-digital synthesizer; it became a worldwide sensation for its ease of use and stunning sound.

D-50

1988

Musi-Kun
Desktop music system

Roland’s proposal was to “enjoy music on the PC” as a new type of hobby; it created a new market coined “desktop music”(DTM)

Musi-Kun
E-20
Arranger keyboard

This synthesizer with automatic accompaniment let users enjoy various music styles from around the world

E-20
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1990

RSS
Roland Sound Space

This groundbreaking system created a 3D sound space on a regular stereo device; frequently used in music and video production

RSS
HP-3700
Digital piano

A trendsetting model of the HP series, equipped with advanced SA sound generator and newly-styled furniture-like cabinet

HP-3700

1991

JV-80
Synthesizer

Synthesizer with expandable sound generator

JV-80
SC-55
Sound Canvas

The first unit to use the GS* format, this product became a huge hit for its high-quality tones and compact design.
*GS A specification shared among Roland products that standardizes sounds and controls via MIDI

SC-55

1994

Video-Kun
Desktop video

Roland’s first video-related product allowed users to perform sophisticated video editing on their PCs

Video-Kun
Music ATELIER AT-70/50
Roland Organ Music ATELIER

Roland’s first series of home organs

AT-70/50

1995

VG-8
V-Guitar system

The world’s first modeling guitar that let guitarists create a wide variety of tones on a single guitar

VG-8

1996

VS-880
Digital studio workstation

A revolutionary product that provided pro-quality recording and CD production; this became a global sensation from the moment it was released

VS-880
MC-303
Groove box

This was Roland’s first entry into the club and DJ scene; it became a new hit in the world of dance music

MC-303

1997

V-Drums
Digital drums

Equipped with mesh heads and COSM technology, these drums were internationally praised for their natural feel, tone, expression, and ease of use

V-Drums

1998

UA-100
USB audio interface

The world's first USB audio interface which allows for recording and playing back high-fidelity digital sound with PCs.The USB interface has taken root as a separate genre.

UA-100

1999

SC-8850
Sound Canvas

The world's first USB-enabled MIDI sound source. Familiar as the standard for the DTM sound source.

SC-8850
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2000

VP-9000
VariPhrase processor

The first unit equipped with “VariPhrase,” a groundbreaking technology for independently controlling the three elements of sound in real time

VP-9000

2001

DV-7
Digital video workstation

Designed specially for video editing, the system let users achieve high-quality video production

DV-7

2002

V-Bass
V-Bass system

The world’s first modeling bass that let bassists create a wide variety of tones on a single bass

V-Bass

2003

V-Synth
Synthesizer

Equipped with an advanced VariPhrase and COSM engine, this synthesizer was capable of creating completely new sounds

V-Synth

2004

Fantom-X
Synthesizer

World’s first workstation synthesizer with color LCD

Fantom-X
V-Accordion
Digital accordion

World’s first electronic accordion equipped with a modeling sound generator

V-Accordion

2005

CG-8
Visual synthesizer

This unit allowed users to create a variety of videos and visual effects in an instant and present them in real-time

CG-8

2006

R-09
Portable recorder

This product created a new market for linear PCM recorders and became a worldwide hit

R-09

2007

V-Mixing System
Digital mixing system

With full digital processing based on Roland’s proprietary REAC* technology, this system provided both “comfort” and “high-quality” digital audio transfer for mixing at concerts and other events
*REAC Roland Ethernet Audio Communication

V-Mixing System

2008

C-30
Digital harpsichord

This digital harpsichord encased in a beautiful cabinet delivers authentic tone infused with sophisticated control and expression
— a brilliant rebirth of the harpsichord in the modern age

C-30

2009

SONAR V-Studio 700
Music-production system

This music-production system combines Cakewalk’s software-development capabilities and Roland’s hardware technologies

SONAR V-Studio 700
V-Piano
Digital piano

Equipped with a new sound generator that digitally reproduces the sound-generating elements of a piano, this revolutionary digital piano expands the possibilities of piano sound and performance

V-Piano
C-330
Classic Organ

An electronic organ that is compact yet allows you to enjoy the solemn echoes and performances of a full-fledged pipe organ at home.

C-330

2010

HP307
Digital Piano

Equipped with the SuperNATURAL piano sound source to realize rich and natural tone change and archieve sound and expression power.

HP307

2011

V-Piano Grand
Digital Piano

The flagship model of the Roland Piano Digital products, reproducing richer and deeper sound with the sound system and cabinet newly designed to make use of the high expression power of the V-Piano sound source.

V-Piano Grand
JUPITER-80
Synthesizer

The flagship model of Roland synthesizers that delivers unprecedented natural and rich performance expressions in live performances with its exclusively developed SuperNATURAL tones.

JUPITER-80
Video Canvas DV-7G
Video editor

This tool let users achieve hi-vision video production easily.

DV-7G

2012

G-5
VG Stratocaster®

Fender Stratocaster infused with Roland's modeling technology produces not only sound like itself, but also other types of electric guitar, an acoustic guitar, a 12-string guitar and alternate tunings.

G-5
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