It’s nice to have the option out there for those who are into these clones but they really aren’t offering much more than what the originals offered besides the availability to own one of those classics.
I get it from the business point of view to gain customers from all of those who ever dreamed of having one of the originals at a much cheaper manufacturer cost.
But if you have been wanting those classic sounds, you can just download them.
And throw the analog vs acb cry out as well. Too much time has been wasted on that. We need both, analog and digital. Not just with these Roland boutiques either.
Roland is either on its last leg and out of ideas, or this is where they really believe their customer base is asking them to go rather than exploring new ideas with the modern technology we have to push them ahead of what their competitors are doing.
On A positive note it’s nice that we can go pick up a tb, tr, se, jp, sh etc. remake now. More dependable sequencer and sounds. Small, maybe too small form factor for great portability. All of the familiar sounds we’ve all grown to appreciate.
Don’t get me wrong, I am interested in a few of these Roland boutiques but I honestly feel they have missed a big opportunity to really capitalize on all of them. They could have made each of them much more capable and kept up with or exceeded their competition by adding just a few modern additions rather than trying to keep true to their original form and only have to raise msrp a little bit more than what they are now. Simple features like more memory to save patterns. Ram is easy to come by these days, why does everyone limit this area?