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The Roland Corporation (ローランド株式会社 Rōrando Kabushiki Kaisha?) is a Japanese manufacturer of electronic musical instruments, electronic equipment and software. It was founded by Ikutaro Kakehashi in Osaka on April 18, 1972, with ¥33 million in capital. In 2005, Roland's headquarters relocated to Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture. Today it has factories in Italy, Taiwan, Japan, and the USA. As of March 31, 2010, it employed 2,699 employees.[2] It has existed in different forms since 1960,[citation needed] making it relatively old among still-operating manufacturers of musical electronics.[citation needed] Known for hundreds of popular synthesizers, drum machines, and other instruments, Roland has been one of the top names[citation needed] in professional music equipment since the late 1970s.

In 2014, Roland Corporation was subject to a management buyout by Roland's CEO Junichi Miki, supported by Taiyo Pacific Partners.

Drum Machines

Roland Drum Machine CR78.

Roland Drum Machine TR808.

Roland Drum Machine TR606.

Roland Drum Machine TB303.

The First Roland Rhythm Composer to include samples alongside those classic analogue drum sounds, the TR909 became the Drum Machine for House Music a few years after its 1983 release, mainly because it was so cheap by then!

Roland R8 Drum Machine.


Roland's MicroComposer Hardware Sequencers, 1999's MC80.

Roland HPD15 Handsonic Percussion Controller. A Pad Controller, Drum Sound Module, and Drum Sequencer in one box.

Roland's First MIDI Sequencer, the MSQ700.


Roland Polysynth, the Jupiter 4.

Roland SH101 Monosynth.

For a year before the release of the Korg M1, Roland ruled the synth roost with the D50 Workstation (seen here with its optional PG1000 Programmer), which became the must-have keyboard successor to Yamaha's DX7.

The JP8080, the rack version of 1997's JP8000 Analogue-Modelling Synth.

Roland V-Synth.

The First Roland Synth, the Monophonic SH1000.

Roland's truly Modular Synth, 1976's System 700.
The one here, shown in a picture taken in 1998, was a complete system owned by the boss of independent UK record label Mute, Daniel Miller.
It was used extensively on the first three Depeche Mode albums.


Roland W30 Workstation.

Roland MV30 Studio M Sequencing Workstation.

Roland SP808 Sampling Workstation.

Roland VS1680 Multitrack Recording Workstation.

Source: The History Of Roland
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