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Gearhead: The Latest Instruments and Accessories

New from Roland, Sonor, Yamaha and more

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Drum Brakes
Roland JD-Xi Synthesizer
Planet Waves Kill Switch cables
Regal Tip's Billy Martin drumsticks
Sonor Vintage drum series
Warwick's Stu Hamm signature bass

Roland JD-Xi Synthesizer

Looking for a keyboard with old-school character and modern dependability and usability? The Roland JD-Xi analog/digital synthesizer boasts a crossover sound engine that promises both “fat, warm analog bass and lead tones” and “the clarity and versatility of modern digital,” according to the company. The synth’s features include a gooseneck mic that can be used for Vocoder, AutoPitch and other vocal effects; an “intuitive” 4-track pattern sequencer for building loops; and two digital synth sections with 128-voice total polyphony and SuperNATURAL synth tones, including pads, strings, electric piano and sound effects. ($499 online)

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