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Roland SRX KEYBOARDS Software Synthesizer
Roland SRX KEYBOARDS Software Synthesizer

Roland SRX KEYBOARDS Software Synthesizer

Fans of Roland’s early-2000s SRX expansion board, which added a whole library of sounds to the company’s standard hardware synthesizers, may like to know that those same patches are now available in plug-in form for Roland Cloud online service members. SRX KEYBOARDS boasts more than 1,700 original waveforms, 86 effects, and 393 presets—including both recreations of acoustic and electric instruments and more distinctive synth tones—all of them eminently tweakable. Requires a Roland Cloud account ($19.95/month, $215.40/year, free 30-day trial).

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