Roland Drops Huge Synth Collection: New Juno, Jupiters, and More

As the seasons are changing down here on earth, a new blanket of stars is appearing in the sky, and among those heavenly bodies is a zodiac of new synths, workstations, and grooveboxes from Roland.

Today, the electronic instrument titan is announcing eight new instruments in total: the JU-06A mini Juno, MC-101 and MC-707 grooveboxes, three new Fantoms, and two new Jupiter synths.

Roland's brand-new MC-101 Groovebox.
The new MC-707 Groovebox.

To give a taste of these new products, resident Reverb oscillator obsessive Justin Delay takes a first look at Roland's MC-101 Groovebox and Boutique JU-06A Synthesizer in our video above.

Built in the image of the 1996 MC-303, which streamlined the production capabilities and intuitive workflow of legends like the 808 and 909, the MC-101 is made for musicians of all levels to start making tracks in minutes.

This compact version offers four tracks ready for tweaking via onboard knobs, faders, and touch-sensitive pads, while Roland's hefty sound engine provides an impressive suite of loops, phrases, and effects. Want to keep your DAW in the mix? Get the USB connectivity going for a tactile command over your digital sets.

While the MC-101 will retail for $499.99, the MC-707 will be $999.99—and comes packed with enough features to make it worth the price of entry. As Roland states, it "offers everything needed to create a song or perform a live set without a computer." With eight tracks of recording and sequencing capabilities, it has double those of the MC-101, along with sounds from Roland's long line of historic drum machines, with 16 pads allowing you to play or sequence drums, basslines, or chords.

Roland's new mini Juno, the JU-06A.
The JU-06A's front panel.

On the synth side of the rollout, the JU-06A offers a trifecta of some of the company's most popular '80s entries in the compact Boutique format. Building on the fan-favorite JU-06 sound module, this revamped model is crafted for "creative music makers who want the vintage JUNO sound at an accessible price."

The JU-06A combines elements of the JUNO 6, 60, and 106 into one sturdy box. At a street price of $399.99, this little beast packs the 106's flexible high-pass filter, the 60's envelope-controlled pulse-width modulation and arpeggiator, and two modes of iconic chorus. Top it off with an onboard sequencer, chord memory, and full-sized MIDI jacks for a module that deserves a spot on any stage.

New Roland Fantom 6, 7, and 8 workstations.

The three new Fantom workstations are serious instruments—combining Roland's synth tech in all-in-one packages with full-featured keyboards, DAW integration, and interfaces that promise an easy way to access the vast amount of onboard instruments, patches, effects, editing, recording and playback capabilities, and more. The 88-key Fantom 8 will retail for $3,999.99, the 76-key Fantom 7 will be $3,599.99, and the 61-key Fantom 6 will be $3,299.99.

Roland's announcement video for the Jupiter-X and Jupiter-Xm

Rounding out the new releases is the new Jupiter series—the 61-key Jupiter-X and 37-note Jupiter-Xm. Both synths are built on a digital sound engine that has rich emulations of Roland's analog classics like the Jupiter-8, Juno-106, SH-101, XV-5080, JX-8P, RD pianos, and Roland's historic drum machines as well, like the TR-808, TR-909, and more.

According to Roland, the polyphony of Jupiter-X and Xm includes up to four synth parts and an additional fifth part for drums. With what the company is calling an AI-enhanced "I-Arpeggiator," you can create rhythms and phrases as you can with a normal arpeggiator, but also have it create complementary basslines and other patterns if you wish.

The larger of the two, the Jupiter-X, will sell for $2,499.99, while the smaller and battery-powered Jupiter-Xm will sell for $1,499.99.

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