Roland Announces AX-Edge Keytar Plus New Juno DS and V-Drum Models

Roland announced three new products today for synth enthusiasts, electronic drummers, and keytarists: the Juno DS76, the entry-level TD-1DMK V-Drum kit, and the AX-Edge Keytar. This release follows weeks of anticipation for a big release from the legendary instrument maker within the synth community.

First up, the AX-Edge represents Rolands latest take on that most '80s of keyboard formats, the Keytar. This instrument comes stock with "a sound set crafted specifically for keytarists," and can connect to a dedicated editor app to customize patches, effects, layers, and more. But the sound banks aren't the only customizable feature of this throwback shred machine: keytarists can alter the look of their AX-Edge using a variety of interchangeable "Edge Blades," as you can see in the video below.

The Roland Ax-Edge Keytar release video

In the drum corner of the Roland catalog, the new TD-1DMK adds a new entry-level option to the popular V-Drum range. This plug-and-play electronic drum set comes stock with 15 preset kits and a handy suite of coaching and practicing modes. While certainly lacking the full power and customizability of the higher-end options in the V-Drum range, the idea here is to offer novice players a practical and inspiring entry point into the electronic drum space. While there are other less expensive electronic kits already in Roland's line up, this new model will be the only one with all mesh heads.

With a launch price of $699/£615, the TD-1DMK will also make a tempting option for any drummer looking to keep the noise down during those late night practice sessions.

Roland TD-1DMK V-Drums release video

And finally, the new Juno-DS76 will be joining the already established Juno-DS61 and DS-88 as a 76-key version of the Juno DS workstation synthesizer. Though it carries the vaunted Juno name, the Juno DS is really more of an all-purpose workstation keyboard than an analog synth like the iconic Junos of the '80s. With more than 1,000 editable sounds and a full range of backing tracks, sequencing tools, and more, these keyboards are great portable options for players that need something that can do it all.

Roland Juno-DS76

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