What has Roland ever done for us?

Whilst writing the description of a Roland delay line, I thought about the various devices they’ve produced down the years. It’s a long list, littered with products almost every musician knows: TR-808 – is there anyone in the world who hasn’t heard one? RE-201 Space Echo – one of the hottest vintage items around. SH-101, JX-8P, D50 – the list is long & glorious

So, here’s my abridged list of “What has Roland ever done for us?”

1974
RE-201 Space Echo

1975
JC-120 Amplifier
Boss CE-1 Chorus

1976
Roland System 100 synthesiser
Roland System 700 synthesiser

1977
Roland GR-500 Guitar synthesiser
Roland MC-8 Microcomposer Sequencer

1978
Roland CR-78 Drum Machine
Roland Jupiter-4 synthesiser

1979
Roland Dimension D
Roland VP-330 Vocoder Plus
Roland System 100M modular synthesiser

1980
Roland TR-808

1981
Roland Jupiter-8
Roland MC-4
Roland SDE-2000 (first digital effects unit)
Roland TB-303
Roland TR-606

1982
Roland SH-101
Roland Juno-6
Roland Juno-60

1983
Roland TR-909

1984
Roland MKS30 rack synth (version of the JX-3P)
Roland MKS-80 rack synth “Super Jupiter”
Roland JX-8P
Roland TR-707
Roland TR-727
Roland MPU-401 PC Midi interface

1985
Roland MKS7 rack synth
Roland Alpha Juno
Roland Octapad

1986
Roland MKS-70 rack synth (version of the JX-10)
Roland MKS-50 rack synth (version of a Juno)

1987
Roland D50
Roland D550 rack synth (version of the D50)
Roland MT32 synth module

1991
JD800

1992
Roland JV880 rack synth (version of a JV-80)
SR-JV Expansion Boards

1994
Roland JV-1080 rack synth “Super JV”

1997
Roland JV-2080 rack synth

DIY Audio Electronics

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Hand-built Neumann W492 Stereo Equaliser clone

DIY Audio Electronics

There’s lots of interest in DIY projects at the moment. Many pieces of vintage gear have been recreated and schematics, circuit boards, bills of material (BOMs) and build logs abound

I have a number of projects underway – probably too many – and locating components is a major part of the build process. Below is a list of links to some of the better known resources

In a later blog post I’ll detail some of the more popular DIY projects

Forums

GroupDIY Forum
A friendly forum with some real experts on hand

diyAudio Forum
Rather more esoteric forum with a wider purview

Suppliers

Audio Maintenance Ltd
UK-based parts supplier, also high-quality kits. AMEK specialist. Authorised Penny & Giles sales & service

Hairball Audio
US-based kit & parts supplier

Mnats
Prolific designer, DIY creator, forum contributor

Gyraf
Jacob Erland’s boutique pro-audio manufacturer, also has DIY project info

Schaeffer AG
German enclosure & front panel manufacturer

Frontpanels.de
German case manufacturer, specifically for DIY projects

HiFi2000
Italian case & enclosure manufacturer

Front Panel Designer
Software to design front panels, suitable for printing & engraving

Component Suppliers

Mouser
Farnell
Rapid Electronics
RS Components
Don Audio
Distrelec
DIY-Tubes