Roland Cloud 4.0 virtual instruments now released!
Tuesday March 7, 2017. 11:48 PM , from Gearslutz
Really surprised that Roland themselves have done next to nothing to promote their new synth/virtual instruments subscription site. I only learned about it from a Facebook post. Anyway, Roland has just released Version 4.0 of RolandCloud,
a site where you can now join and then download software versions of their most popular synthesizers, including the legendary Jupiter-8.
Currently, Roland is offering a free 30-day trial subscription for anyone joining the site. After 30-days, the subscription price is $19.99/month. Here it is:
The "Aira" series of synths includes the software versions of the current Roland System-8 and System-1 synths.
The "Legendary" series includes the Jupiter-8, SH-101, Juno 106, System-100 modular synth, Pro-Mars, and SH-2 vintage synths.
The "Tera" series currently offers 1 instrument - the Tera Piano, which is a sample-based piano.
The "Anthology" series includes two offerings - 1985 Vol. 1 and 2, and 1987 (which includes samples of the D-50).
The "Flavr" series offers 1 instrument currently - "Grit" which is billed as a "bite-sized bass house and beyond" ultra deep-sampled instrument.
I joined for the 30-day free trial and the first instrument I downloaded was the Jupiter-8 (of course, I'm an old synth guy). Installed it as an AU and launched it in Digital Peformer 9.02, no issues. Upon playing notes on the first patch, my jaw dropped. Seriously great quality synth here, undoubtedly the best virtual Jupiter-8 I have ever heard. Goes head-to-head with my hardware Sequential Prophet-6
(which still wins the quality department, but just by a few degrees). Oscillators sound thick and fat, filters are alias-free and resonate very nicely, and it really does sound like the hardware Jupiter-8 I remember.
Although I've downloaded the rest of the synths available on RolandCloud.com, I have yet to try them all out, but I expect the sound quality to be the same as the Jupiter-8, which is to say pretty phenomenal.
Like other subscription sites, RolandCloud.com will be offering more virtual instruments as time goes on, and the monthly subscription price gives you access to all of them. No, you don't have to be connected to the internet to use them, you just download them and install as AU or VST on Mac or Windows.
Internet connection is only required when first launching a synth and authorizing. In fact, RolandCloud.com is not really a "cloud" site per se, it's
really just the site where you can download these software synths once you sign up for a subscription.
I have a ton of virtual instruments as well as hardware synthesizers, and I can highly recommend at least trying the 30-day free trial subscription. Particularly if you've been (Howard) Jones-ing for a quality virtual Jupiter-8.
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