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

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