I must have been living under a rock over the last few months because I must admit to never having heard of the Roland Cloud service until now.
I received a mailshot today telling me about how the Roland D70 has been added to the Roland Cloud.
Roland Cloud is a virtual instrument resource that provides tools, musical instruments and soon, a community for creators. We are remaking decades worth of Roland synthesizers and providing new instruments as well that run in popular Digital Audio Workstations (DAW) such as Pro Tools, Logic or Ableton Live. It’s an entire professional studio worth of capabilities for a low monthly subscription.
Thing is, this is a subscription based service and at it’s normal price of nearly $30 per month is it worth the cost? Also In order to “Plug out” the LEGENDARY or AIRA series of software synthesizers to your hardware, you will need a Roland SYSTEM-1, SYSTEM-1m or SYSTEM-8 so is there really any added value there?
You will need to be online whenever the instruments are loaded within the DAW. Once the instruments have loaded and authenticated there is no need to stay online. So that means you MUST have an internet connection before you can use any of the instruments your paying for. Not a an ideal system in my book. What if your connection is down or your in a place that has no internet?
If you cancel your subscription everything stops working from the time your sub ends. So in reality your “renting” all these instruments. Again not ideal. Perhaps a better model would be to offer people a one of price on cancellation should they wish to continue using the instruments but without updates?
On the surface it all seems like a great idea. Personally I love all the instruments Roland have included in the package but I do have some concerns over the pricing and that need for an internet connection without which nothing works.
Anyway, check it out here and let me know what you think either in the comments section below or on the forum here