Roland Unveils Hybrid Digital/Analog JD-Xi Synth

Watch Dorian Concept take the hybrid synthesizer for a spin in the keyboard's demo video.
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In addition to introducing the latest member of its AIRA line at NAMM last week, Roland has shared details of the JD-Xi, a new hybrid digital/analog synth.

Billed as a "tiny, mighty, and affordable" keyboard, the JD-Xi includes a monophonic analog synthsizer for warm bass and lead lines, while a polyphonic PCM sound engine is intended to provide the means to create rich pads, strings, and brass sounds. The unit also boasts a four-track pattern sequencer (which can utilize the JD-Xi's included rhythm sounds) and on-board vocoder and auto-pitch functions which can be used in conjunction with the keyboard's included gooseneck microphone.

The demo video below sees Austrian producer and noted keyboardist Dorian Concept showing the JD-Xi in action, while the forthcoming unit's full list of features and specifications can be found here. No exact release date has been shared yet for the JD-Xi, but the keyboard is expected to retail for around $500 once it begins hitting stores in the coming months.