ZEN-Core is spelled just like that – caps first, lower case last. With it, Roland is shouting its way into the conversation about 21st century gear with a new brand-oriented synthesis system.
ZEN-Core will be the engine that powers Roland’s future synths and other electronic instruments, from “performance and production synthesizers to grooveboxes, stage pianos and more.”
This is low-key right now, but it’s bigger news than the launch of Roland’s AIRA line, the boutique models or anything else the company has done (or not done, as the case may be) that has garnered press in the last few years:
What Roland is talking about is total integration, though admittedly one that would lock users into the Roland ecosystem. If they’re able to carry it off, though, and ZEN-Core is as robust as they claim, it would be a major selling point for Roland brand instruments over competitors (and especially cheap clones):
Owners of Roland’s latest gear – FANTOM synths, JUPITER-X series synths and RD-88 pianos – can expect a system upgrade to “start using the same compatible sounds across all models, adding a new collaborative capability to their instruments.” ZEN-Core will be introduced to the MC-101 and MC-707 grooveboxes later.
Photo: Roland Jupiter-X via Roland ZEN-Core.