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Future Music - - SOUNDS & SAMPLES - Bruce Aisher www.roland­cloud.com

Roland Cloud fea­tures an ever-grow­ing set of prod­ucts that take in soft­ware syn­the­sis­ers, ana­logue mod­el­ling tools and sam­ple-based play­back in­stru­ments. Although this sub­scrip­tion-based ser­vice has been run­ning for over a year, it has started to gather wider in­ter­est since the ad­di­tion of TR-808 and TR-909 plug­ins was an­nounced back in Jan­uary.

Set­ting those mod­elled in­stru­ments aside for now, we de­cid­ing on a break from the mainly Kon­takt-based li­braries we look at here in or­der to take Roland’s sam­ple-based An­thol­ogy se­ries for a test drive. These make use of Roland’s Con­certo plugin to host a se­ries of sound sets ar­ranged by year. Each one uses 1-2GB of disk space and pro­vides a stan­dard­ised set of ba­sic edit­ing con­trols, in­clud­ing a sim­ple re­verb.

If you want im­me­di­ate ac­cess to a range of Roland sounds that span the decades, the An­thol­ogy Se­ries could be for you. How­ever, when play­ing the ‘1986’ col­lec­tion next to my JX-10, the sam­pled of­fer­ing sounded some­what life­less in com­par­i­son. That be­ing said, the An­thol­ogy packs are only part of an ev­er­ex­pand­ing range within Roland Cloud.

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