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Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:54 am
by Stab Frenzy
Z wrote:I can get behind this (full size keys, 4 octaves, yippie!)
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Has 8 analogue parts. Wonder if they're proper voices or just the same thing as the little one?

Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:26 am
by zmd
So Pretty!!

Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 3:31 am
by rob_lee


Looks like a TR sequencer on board

Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:50 am
by antilles
The JD-XA sure looks amazing! Looking forward to hearing/touching that. I guess it will be expensive.

Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 6:22 am
by Chewy
Both the Xi and XA actually seem kinda cool to me. Obviously, I'd prefer the XA, but still.

Am I the only one? (I know I'm not, but probably one of only a few here, I'd imagine. Heh)

That doesn't mean I'm definitely gonna get one, but I'll check up on em once there's more news/videos. Also, I feel like a different guy should have been demonstrating the Xi in the video on the previous page

Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 6:47 am
by commodorejohn
So why is Roland's Official New Direction for styling "put so many gaudy-a*s lights on it that it looks like a 2000s gaming PC?" It can't be because it looks good, because it doesn't. It's also clearly not effecting any kind of color-coding of things. Feh.

Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:49 am
by Aaron2
commodorejohn wrote:So why is Roland's Official New Direction for styling "put so many gaudy-a*s lights on it that it looks like a 2000s gaming PC?" It can't be because it looks good, because it doesn't. It's also clearly not effecting any kind of color-coding of things. Feh.
Isn't it just a throwback to the JD-800? When lit up, all the backlighting behind the knobs and sliders on that machine was orange, wasn't it?

I think they're going for that look. And for that reason, it probably isn't a coincidence that the synths are called the JD-Xi and JD-XA. :idea:

Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:03 am
by mute
Aaron2 wrote:
commodorejohn wrote:So why is Roland's Official New Direction for styling "put so many gaudy-a*s lights on it that it looks like a 2000s gaming PC?" It can't be because it looks good, because it doesn't. It's also clearly not effecting any kind of color-coding of things. Feh.
Isn't it just a throwback to the JD-800? When lit up, all the backlighting behind the knobs and sliders on that machine was orange, wasn't it?

I think they're going for that look. And for that reason, it probably isn't a coincidence that the synths are called the JD-Xi and JD-XA. :idea:
:thumbsup:

Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 8:53 am
by volumetrik
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Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:16 am
by madmarkmagee
As somebody on gearslutz pointed out, where are the audio outs on the JDXA :lol: ?


The JD XI looks like a strange contraption. I'm not bagging it but it is the strangest thing I've seen in a long time.

Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:50 am
by Hybrid88
madmarkmagee wrote:As somebody on gearslutz pointed out, where are the audio outs on the JDXA :lol: ?
That's what I was trying to figure out?!? Surely not Wireless? :?

Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:55 am
by Ashe37
My guess is, behind the big plastic panel covering the back of the synth.

Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 12:55 pm
by Pro5
Aaron2 wrote:
Isn't it just a throwback to the JD-800? When lit up, all the backlighting behind the knobs and sliders on that machine was orange, wasn't it?

I think they're going for that look. And for that reason, it probably isn't a coincidence that the synths are called the JD-Xi and JD-XA. :idea:
There is NO backlighting on the JD-800 only the small LEDs for buttons to show what you had selected (and the LCD itself of course). The sliders/knobs were just black plastic backing (no lights) - you can't even see them in the dark only the round LED lights from the buttons.

So no, this design isn't a throwback to the JD-800 in any way. 4 Octave vs 5 octave. Plastic panel vs metal panel. Hybrid ana/digi vs pure digital etc... The only thing they share is the initials JD - which is still cool :) A new JD after all these years? yeah!!!

See the other thread I... err 'accidentally' started about JD-XA - including JD-X*i* line out audio samples of the analog part (should be similar/same as JD-XA analog in tone?)

http://www.vintagesynth.com/forum/viewt ... =1&t=78525

and a link to gearslutz with a guy actually there with TONS of photos! The lack of outputs could be due to it being a prototype/show piece only and still a work in progress (ie not real). The guy wasn't allowed to play it or touch it (yet)

Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:33 pm
by synthRodriguez
Aaron2 wrote:
Isn't it just a throwback to the JD-800? When lit up, all the backlighting behind the knobs and sliders on that machine was orange, wasn't it?
The LCD backlight and LED's for the various function indicators dotted about are orange, yes, but there's no real backlighting of the knobs or sliders on the JD-800 like you see on the OB-XA oops, JD-XA.

Re: New hybrid digital/analogue Roland Synth?

Posted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 2:14 pm
by meatballfulton
Ok, let's see how they will screw this one up :mrgreen:

JD/Xi page at Roland USA

Sound Generator Section
Maximum Polyphony
129 voices (Digital Synth/Drum Kit: 128, Analog Synth: 1)
Parts
4 Parts
(Digital Synth Part: 2, Drums Part: 1, Analog Synth Part: 1)
Tones
Digital Synth Tone (SuperNATURAL Synth)
Analog Synth Tone
PCM Drum Kit
* For an analog synth tone, the oscillator, sub-oscillator, and filter sections consist of analog circuits.
Effects
Effect1 (Distortion, Fuzz, Compressor, Bit Crusher)
Effect2 (Flanger, Phaser, Ring Mod, Slicer)
Delay: 2 types
Reverb: 6 types
Other
Pattern Sequencer
Tracks: 4
Vocal Function
Vocoder
Auto Pitch
Auto Note
Other
Favorite, Arpeggio
Controllers
Pitch Bend/Modulation Wheel
Display
16 characters 2 line LCD
Connectors
Headphones Jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
Output Jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4-inch phone type
Input Jack (LINE(MONO) / Guitar Input): 1/4-inch phone type
MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT)
USB COMPUTER Port (USB Hi-Speed AUDIO/MIDI)
(Use a USB cable and a computer with a USB port that support Hi-Speed USB.)
DC IN Jack
MIC Input Jack: XLR type, unbalance
Power Supply
AC Adaptor
Current draw
1,000 mA
Accessories
Owner's Manual
AC Adaptor
Microphone