Gear heads rejoice.

With the 2015 edition of NAMM still underway in California, some new products are surfacing for fans of classic gear.

Roland have officially unveiled the JD-Xi synthesizer, details of which leaked a few weeks back. The synth is an analog and digital hybrid. Bass and leads employ the warmer analog processing, while pads, strings and brass make use of the digital technology, with up to 128-voice polyphony.

The JD-Xi also comes with a four-track pattern sequencer, gooseneck microphone for those who want to get their vocoder on and a set of onboard effects as well as industry-standard inputs and outputs.

And who better to demonstrate what the little thing can do than Vienna’s synthesizer prodigy Dorian Concept?

Korg for their part are following up the announcement of the ARP Odyssey reboot with the SQ-1 step sequencer and the MS-20M module.

An update of the SQ-10, first released in 1978, the SQ-1 is designed to work with classic analog gear and can do a lot without the need for a keyboard. It has a number of sequence and step modes, as well as CV, MIDI and USB connections.

The MS-20M for its part is based on the internal architecture of the MS-20 mini, and requires self-assembly – ideal for those who like to get theirs hands dirty. The MS-20M ships with the SQ-1 included, though the latter is also available on its own.

See the pair in action below, and find more details on the Korg website.



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