Described as a crossover synthesizer featuring a true analog synth engine, Roland’s superNATURAL synth sounds and tons of other creative tools at your fingertips, the Roland JD-Xi will no doubt course quite a stir this year.
At its heart, the compact JD-Xi features a 37 mini key keyboard, two digital synth sections which offer 128-voice polyphony, plus the newly developed analog synth section, which provides a host of great sounding lead and bass tones. Roland has also installed a four-track pattern sequencer with a large selection of high-quality on board sounds and rhythmic pre-set patterns to get you going straight out of the box. You can of course build and record your own loops and patterns using the TR style TR-REC, Real Time and Step-Record functions. The addition of a gooseneck microphone allows you to make use of the Vocoder and AutoPitch features, as well as loads of other vocal based effects and functions that will be sure to inspire some interesting performances.
The effects built into the JD-Xi are also pretty powerful for such a small unit, including four separate sections with plenty of processing options. Effects include a Bit Crusher, Slicer and Ring-Mod whilst there are several delays and reverbs to play around with too. Each effect can be switched off and on individually across the three synth engines, so there really is a huge amount of experimentation and tonal variety that can be achieved using the on-board sounds. In addition to the out the box sounds, you can also visit Axial sound library website, which offers free sounds, patterns and presets that you can load straight into your JD-Xi. The JD-Xi even ships with a custom gig bag, with ample room for your instrument and all the accessories you need to hit the road. With such a great spec sheet, in such a compact unit and with such an affordable price tag, the JD-Xi will no doubt be an extremely hot product this year.