Los Angeles, CA, May 12, 2020 — Roland, a leading manufacturer of electronic musical instruments and professional video products, today announced the largest expansion yet to Roland Cloud, the company’s evolving cloud-based platform offering more than 50 authentic Roland software synthesizers and sound libraries.
The expansion moves the platform to the company’s primary “roland.com” website and welcomes the ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer, a “virtualized ZEN-Core” plug-in instrument that will change the relationship that hardware and software creatives have with sound. Other enhancements include new membership plan options, Lifetime Key purchases, international availability with multi-language and local currency support, and a refreshed “Roland Cloud Manager” app that now offers access to new sounds for compatible hardware owners.
musician Tim Lauer (Taylor Swift as well as TV shows Nashville and Greenleaf) is a longtime Roland Cloud user. He offered, “I have done overdubs at home on major label records using only Roland Cloud and a little controller. It’s essential to my process.”
Grammy-nominated producer Chopsquad DJ also relies on Roland Cloud to create chart-topping hits. “Roland Cloud is the ‘secret sauce’ to all of my productions,” Chopsquad DJ added. “I’d say the entire SRX series is my favorite group of instruments on Roland Cloud. The series helped me get the keys’ expression that I was looking for on the track “Sickening” from Trippie Redd’s project, A Love Letter To You 4. As I sit and think, every released track that I’ve produced has at least one of the Roland virtual instruments.”
ZENOLOGY, Roland’s new expandable plug-in version of its ZEN-Core Synthesis System for macOS and Windows, is offered exclusively through Roland Cloud membership. ZENOLOGY gives members instant access to ZEN-Core, the most advanced sound engine ever produced by Roland.
With thousands of sounds available, ZENOLOGY’s friendly and informative browser is easy to navigate, allows users to filter and organize their sounds, rate favorites, create custom banks, share with friends and collaborators, and use sounds from artists and professional sound designers right from their computer. ZENOLOGY can import and export the ZEN-Core single tone with compatible Roland hardware like FANTOM, JUPITER-X, RD-88, and more. As a result, owners can import, edit sounds, create, and organize patch banks ready for transfer to their hardware instruments.
In the coming months, ZENOLOGY will evolve into a sound designer’s dream, with deep editing capabilities and new synth engine expansions. ZENOLOGY will soon support Model Expansions for perfect recreations of classic Roland synthesizers like theJUPITER-8, JUNO-106, SH-101 and JX-8P. Model Expansions use Analog Behavior Modeling to capture the essence of these legendary instruments and are optimized for high polyphony with an interface inspired by the original—but reimagined for use in modern DAWs.
For creators looking for the deepest editing of ZEN-Core’s synthesis capabilities, the soon-to-be-released ZENOLOGY Pro will prove to be a game-changer. Sound design will be quick and easy with an optimized interface and logical layout. Plus, multiple synthesis types, a deep modulation matrix, and eight tempo-syncing step-LFOs will be able to handle everything from classic tones to animated textures and beyond.
Customer access begins with a Roland Account—the key to unlocking an expanding range of valuable services and offerings for creatives. Users sign up for free inside Roland Cloud Manager, and no credit card is required. With a Roland Account as their passport, users receive free features like the ZENOLOGY Lite Software Synthesizer and select hardware patches. They can also purchase memberships, Lifetime Keys, and sound expansions, with more to come.
A Lifetime Key gives the purchaser access to a single Roland software instrument of their choosing, with continuous use privileges available for as long as their Roland Account is active. Lifetime Key purchasers also receive ongoing free updates and the benefits of cloud-based mobility when signing into Roland Cloud Manager on any compatible computer.
Roland Cloud Manager keeps everything current and organized while allowing users to create and manage a Roland Account. Members can also manage all ZEN-Core compatible Roland hardware, access ZEN-Core Sound Packs, and use ZENOLOGY as a librarian from one centralized location within Roland Cloud Manager.
Roland Cloud now offers three membership levels: Core, Pro, and Ultimate, with both monthly and annual pricing options available. All paid membership levels start with a free 30-day trial of Ultimate. In addition, anyone signed up for a free Roland Account can explore the ZENOLOGY Lite software synth featuring 176 tones and six drum kits, access sounds for Roland hardware, and more.
Core: (USD $29.99/year or $2.99/month) Explore ZENOLOGY and ZEN-Core Sound Packs and purchase Lifetime Keys. Includes the ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer featuring over 3,000 tones and access to all ZEN-Core Sound Packs for software.
Pro: (USD $99/year or $9.99/month) Unlimited access to the TR-808 and D-50, ZENOLOGY Pro (full-edit version available fall 2020), with access to all ZEN-Core Sound Packs and Wave and Model Expansions for software, plus Anthology, TERA, FLAVR, Drum Studio, and all software patches and patterns.
Ultimate: (USD $199/year or $19.99/month) Unlimited access to all software instruments and sounds. Includes ZENOLOGY Pro (full-edit version available fall 2020), all ZEN-Core Sound Packs, all Wave and Model Expansions, all Legendary and SRX collections, Anthology, TERA, FLAVR, Drum Studio, and all software patches and patterns.
Sign up here for a free Roland Account and start using Roland Cloud today.