NAMM 2017 — Roland is announcing the start of an Early Access Beta for Roland Cloud, a new subscription service designed to add value to the company’s instruments and production tools following the theme “Everything Connected.” Roland Cloud provides immediate access to an array of authentic Roland software synthesizers, including all titles from the popular Plug-Out Series (SH-101, SH-2, PROMARS, System-100, System-1). In addition, customers will enjoy access to all-new simple and great-sounding soft synths such as the all-new, ultra-deep-sampled Tera Series featuring Tera Piano and iconic Anthology 1987 soft synths. Future updates will introduce interactive online communities, a vibrant marketplace, and much more.
Possibly the most interesting part of the announcement, Anthology 1987 is a clone of the venerable Roland D-50 synthesizer, though you wouldn’t know it from their website. The name “D-50” doesn’t appear anywhere there or on the instrument. The classic patches are indeed there, however, from Fantasia to Digital Native Dance. Unfortunately, these are fresh “Deep Sampled” multi-samples of full D-50 patches, and not based on the same building blocks as the original. This is no ACB modeled Plug-Out. As a result, be prepared for a 2.2 GB download, some minor audio differences, and no Linear Analog programming.
Roland Cloud will be available first for US residents and soon for customers worldwide. The Roland Cloud Early Access Beta is currently offering a 1-month free subscription for NAMM attendees. Paid beta access is available at $19.95 per month. Once it’s out of beta, a “Cloud Subscription” will run $29.95 per month, and a “Storm Subscription” will be $39.95 per month. Anthology 1987 requires macOS 10.9 or later and an AU or VST plugin host.