Gear of the Year 2015 – Highly Commended Hardware Instrument: Roland JD-XA

It’s our final award category now, the big one you might say (certainly in our book!) We love our hardware instruments here at MusicTech and this year has seen some fine new additions to our studio arsenals. The runner up in this category is Roland’s really awesome JD-XA…

Highly Commended Hardware Instrument – Roland JD-XA

Price £1,599
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Roland’s 2015 will be remembered for the company embarking on a multi-pronged attack on its own back catalogue, maintaining the AIRA range, returning to analogue and bigging up its new Boutique range – all three strategies concerned with bringing back classic Roland sounds.

But it was the JD-XA – an all-new synth – that was the not-so-silent star of the show. This analogue/digital crossover synth offers four analogue parts and massive digital Roland goodness, all within a package with huge appeal and come-hither looks. Look closely and Roland is not just about the past… “A damn fine synth.

Read the full review of the Roland JD-XA here

Be sure to read the complete list of winners in the current issue of MusicTech Magazine and check back tomorrow for another winner…