Roland Reveal New Boutique Synth Range

If you're waiting for new synthesizers continuing on the Jupiter, JX and Juno lines, then this teaser video for Roland's new Boutique synths will leave you feeling happy for the future.  

There’s scare few details available about the new Roland Boutique synthesizer I can reveal as yet. Firstly the video, which appears to be the first and not the last teaser video, takes a look at the Roland synth range since the introduction of the Jupiter-8 in 1981. The Jupiter-8 was considered Roland’s first professional analog synth, and was known for its easy programming, thick analog sounds (read: fat basses), and keyboard split and layer abilities.

NOTE: We used Photoshop to adjust the exposure of the main picture above, and look what we discovered! A more detailed view of the 3 Roland Boutique synths!!

We used Photoshop to adjust the exposure of the main picture above, and look what we discovered! A more detailed view of the 3 synths!!

We used Photoshop to adjust the exposure of the main picture above, and look what we discovered! A more detailed view of the 3 synths!!

Watch the 1st Video Teaser for the Roland Boutique here:

But let’s not stop there. The next image in the video shows us the JX-3P (1983). Not one of the best known synths, perhaps because it was released around the time of the Juno series, the JX-3P was aimed at players, with easy-to-use presets, but sharing the same analog filters as the Juno and Jupiter series.

Next in the video is the Juno-106 (1984). Another popular model, the Juno-106 is still a widely used  analog polysynth, and benefits from being one of Roland’s first MIDI-equipped synthesizers.

Moving on to 2015 (that’s now in case you were stuck in a synth time warp) we’re presented with an almost unintelligible view of the Boutique. By lightening the image we're able to see more than 3 far-off objects with lights.

We used Photoshop to adjust the exposure of the main picture above, and look what we discovered! A more detailed view of the 3 synths!!

We used Photoshop to adjust the exposure of the main picture above, and look what we discovered! A more detailed view of the 3 synths!!

Each synth appears to have 25-keys. We doubt there's only 25-key versions for each of the range, but it shows us we could have an interesting price point for these synths to make them truly portable and accessible.

It's hard to tell, but the left side and right side synths appear to have a multitude of faders lit by orange and red lights respectively. Other than that, it's possible to see what looks like a modulation wheel and perhaps the long red and blue strip in the middle and right synths is a pitch bend control?

Let us know what you think in the comments below. And as soon as we get more info, we'll let you know at Ask.Audio.

Follow details as they are released on the new Boutique synths here:

http://www.roland.co.uk/promos/roland_boutique/

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Discussion

Michael Wagner
It's really not hard to figure out what the controls are on the first one if you compare it to the layout of the original Jupiter 8

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