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Roland Cloud review

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Post Mon Apr 02, 4: But this weekend, I finally convinced myself that I could try it for a few months, and see how it goes – maybe get past the subscription model thing. Anyway, so I downloaded the 1-month free trial today.
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Thanks for watching! Visit Website So how do the digital versions match up to their real-world analog counterparts? For the most part, in absolutely stunning detail; Roland Cloud is the most impressive and accurate attempt we’ve heard to date at bringing the magic of analog gear inside the box, albeit one that’s can be limited by an onerous copy protection system. If you can stomach the required copy protection, however, you simply won’t find a more powerful, analog-esque sound in the box in There’s also a day free trial available so you can try before you buy.

It’s impossible to discuss subscription based plugins in without igniting a fierce debate amongst producers and engineers; some like myself feel that subscriptions and cloud-based plugins are desirable, whereas others dislike the idea of not owning a plugin outright. Unfortunately, things get a bit more difficult here; despite the absolutely brilliant DSP work done by Roland’s engineers in developing the Roland Cloud VST and AU plugins, they remain hobbled by a frustrating copy protection scheme.

Roland Cloud plugins routinely need an internet connection to maintain authorization; while the Roland Cloud FAQ lists this connection period as once every 7 days, in practice it never felt this long, and it seems that just about every day I need to re-authorize the plugins in the middle of an Ableton Live session. Part of the issue here seems to be that Roland Cloud Manager will not re-authorize plugins in the background, despite being an always-on system extension with its own menu bar drop-down on Mac OS X; plugins must be opened and manually re-authorized every 7 days.

In addition to needing frequent online connections to maintain authorization, the authorization system itself could use some refinement; it does not offer an option to remember your password Roland Cloud requires you to log in with your registered email and password each time you re-authorize the plugins , and the plugins begin to emit a very irritating digital noise after a few seconds of non-authorization.

Once you get past the authorization issues, what’s on offer here is absolutely brilliant—truly best in class in the software realm—but it’s and usability is paramount for most working producers and musicians. While we initially ran into several GUI issues with the initial builds of Roland Cloud small and unpredictable rotary knobs, blurry synth GUI’s , we have to credit the Roland team for their steady stream of updates—the recent May update has fixed the vast majority of our issues with the software from a design perspective.

It does seem that Roland is continuing to invest in their cloud software suite, which is encouraging for prospective buyers. As frustrating as some of these issues may be, I will be the first to admit that much of my annoyance with the copy protection scheme disappeared once I pressed a few notes on my keyboard; I really cannot stress enough how brilliant these synths sound.

They are without equal as of April If you want the fat, warm, evolving sound of the Juno and Jupiter that you’ve heard on countless records over the past three decades, you’ve come to the right place. In Use If you’re looking for a single synth which has appeared on more records than any other dating back to the late 80’s, the Roland Juno 60 and it’s successor, the Juno will probably beat out any challengers; I didn’t realize just how many staple sounds that I’d been hearing for decades came from the Juno family until I used one myself for the first time a few years ago.

Juno’s excel at almost any kind of sound design you throw at them: The Roland Cloud Juno has, with few exceptions, become my go-to source for bass sounds in every mix I’ve done in , and frankly most other software synths sound weak next to it; sending the signal out of Ableton Live, into my Moog Ladder Filter series units, and back in through my UAD Apollo’s Unison Preamps typically using the UAD Neve Unison Preamp with a healthy amount of drive sounds spot on and just like the real thing.

The Roland Jupiter 8, while not quite as ubiquitous as the Juno , is nevertheless a staple of countless hit records spanning the ‘s to today; featuring 8 voices of powerful true analog polyphony, the Jupiter is an absolute beast for epic chord leads, pads, and just about any other synth sound you can dream up.

Roland has done a similarly stellar job recreating the sound of the Jupiter, which has found its way into nearly every track I’ve made since I started testing Roland Cloud. Something important to understand here is that these are not digital adaptations of legendary synths—there aren’t additional features, knobs aside from the Aging and Tuning knobs which emulate various states of maintenance , or sliders—only what was there on the real thing.

As legendary as both the Juno and Jupiter synths are, the Roland name will forever be synonymous with two iconic drum machines that have quite literally defined the sound of House, Hip-Hop, and Pop music; the and Roland recently unveiled its exclusive digital recreations of these legendary machines as part of the Roland Cloud 1.

While many competitors have tried to emulate the famed sound of these two hardware pieces, we trust Roland to do it better than anyone else; we talked to some of the Roland team at NAMM in January and were thrilled to hear that some of the same engineers who worked on the original hardware units same for the Juno and Jupiter were involved in the coding and development of Roland Cloud.

Roland’s intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the and is on full display in both of their Roland Cloud recreations; these are the fattest, punchiest, most authentic and plugins I’ve ever tried. If you’ve been relying on the same tired sample pack of WAV one-shots, we highly recommend you give Roland Cloud’s a try—there’s no substitute for the amount of tweak-ability these plugins can offer.

While some of the same UI issues are present in the and emulations, they simply sound too good to pass up in my opinion. Roland Cloud continues to grow even as this review heads for publication, with spot-on emulations of the D, JV, and other iconic Roland instruments recently added to the library. We’d recommend you give them all a try, as an individual breakdown of each is beyond the scope of this review; expect to pleasantly surprised, as I was with the JV—having never used the hardware piece, I had underestimated the utility of many of its built-in sounds for both Electronic and Hip-Hop music.

We’ve already given ample attention to Roland Cloud’s shortcomings, and we’d highly recommend you try the day free trial before subscribing so you can see if the software fits into your workflow. Having met the Roland team in person, I don’t doubt they have a high degree of commitment to making the Roland Cloud product better over time, and I’m willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they will get some of these initial growing pains sorted out.

If they can, they will have what in my mind is an unbeatable creative tool for Electronic and Hip-Hop producers, with sound quality and analog vibe that surpass anything we’ve heard in the box to date. If you’re willing to embrace the subscription model there is no outright purchase option available and some copy protection inconveniences, you will be rewarded with a level of sound quality that’s unmatched by other software options. Spot-on recreations of the Juno, Jupiter, , , and more.

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Rounik Sethi on Jun 21, in News 0 comments Share: The famous D digital synthesizer from Roland has had a re-issue in sorts in the virtual world. You can now get the Roland D plug-in as part of your Roland Cloud subscription. Just a day after Roland released their first fully analog SE hardware synthesizer as part of the Boutique range, potentially primed as a Minimoog-style clone killer, they’ve just come out with a re-issue of the vintage D Here’s some more details and spec from Roland on their new D synth plugin: With the new Roland D DCB Software Synthesizer, Roland Cloud subscribers can have the iconic sound of LA in a powerful plugin, which perfectly recreates this legendary synth down to the subtlest of nuances!

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Roland D50 VST Review: The Software Replication Of An Iconic Synthesizer and the new subscription service of Roland, Roland cloud. Thanks to the new Roland D DCB Software Synthesizer synthesizer, Roland Cloud users can have the iconic sound of LA in a powerful. It’s made by the third-party company that Roland has partnered with to offer their ” Roland Cloud” thing. Yes, it gives you the D presets, albeit.

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