Originally Posted by ROLAND RAZZ
Didn't like the GAIA, wow. The AX synth is just for fun and you had one, bummer.
Yea, I did not like the Gaia. I got it when it first came out and was disappointed with a few things. On my unit some keys were louder/mechanically noisier than others, that annoyed me, also the GM sounds would stay on over all other Midi channels when using Midi. Roland offered an update to switch those sounds off but after I sold it. Sound wise it was OK. I think "Virtual Analog" (what ever that means: PCM or analog modeling or whatever) is pointless. I had concluded that if I wanted analog (either DCO or VCO) I would buy analog. I have enough experience to know the difference when using an instrument, when I am face to face with it. It does not have that analog feel I guess that I am used to. The Build quality of these synths is not as good as they could be and honsetly I prefer 61 notes on synths that are not monophonic. Realistically it is an inexpensive light synth and I guess Roland is selling a lot of them.
The AX-Synth was fun but I concluded that synthesis/sound wise it really did not offer anything that my Fantom could not and editing on a computer is a drag. I probably would have kept it if it was Multitimbral. I think 128 voices of polyphony was overkill on it with out being multitimbral.
The New Juno's I had (I wasted my money) were too redundant for me I bought a Juno-G but got a Fantom X shortly after and they were too similar so I got rid of the G. I bought a Di thinking I would use it as a performance board because it was light but sounds were redundant and decided to sell it because I have older Roland boards that could do those duties. I pretty much concluded looking at my gear I had to many Roland Romplers that were pretty much the same or too similar in synthesis and sound. So I sold all of my plastic short keyed Romplers and "virtual analog" synths (microKorg, SH-01 Gaia, SH-201, AX-Synth, Juno-G, and Juno-Di) too much G.A.S.
Any way I have been using Roland for well over 20 years now and my rig is basically all Roland except for two Moogs.
Honestly I am tired of the trite offerings from Roland lately and am annoyed when they say the are looking to the future when they certainly do not mind using the names and color schemes/ design schemes from their original past synths which are legendary (Jupiter, Juno, etc) it is all marketing and pretty lame IMO.
The V-Synth was the last Roland synth I bought that I feel was different and not a rehash of say the JV series. It actually had new things to offer and mangle audio along with analog modeling that I found as a synthesist useful and inspiring for writing and sound design.
I love Roland and they had made so many awesome synths through their history and I was there for a good part of it BUT lately what gives?
Again I love Roland they really have not offered anything I find inspiring anymore. I love my Roland synths but where are Roland with something radically new or maybe they could reissue synths they made that are in high demand on the used market that built Roland's reputation.
With all these new keyboards Roland puts out I believe they could be alienating die hard synth fans with their current trend. I am hoping they will rise high soon with something else that really grabs synthesists again.
Really though, how many piano sounds does a synthesist need?