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From Beat Boxes to Bach: Roland’s JD-Xi Synth Offers Easy-to-Use Sounds, Drumkits and More

–– New synth offers user-friendly sounds, drum patterns, a “robot voice” and vocoder ––

Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 2015 — This year, instead of giving boring music download gift cards, why not surprise Dads and Grads with a gift that allows them to explore their own musical creativity? Whether they’re regulars on the local music scene or have never even touched an instrument, they can easily create music with the new Roland JD-Xi–the compact, 37-mini key synth with a huge sound and a small learning curve (average U.S. street price – $499).

The JD-Xi offers the best of analog and digital sounds. Two digital synth sections with a large selection of ready-to-play sounds (piano, brass, strings, and more) plus effects help even beginners start making music immediately. Serious tone tweakers will enjoy experimenting with the rich-sounding analog synth section that features classic electronic sounds and effects. Anyone and everyone can create and record their own drum beat patterns with the JD-Xi’s full selection of drum instruments.

A gooseneck microphone and onboard vocoder let users sing into the mic and control their tone and pitch via sounds played on the keyboard, or from a guitar plugged into the guitar input. With the AutoPitch feature, Dads and Grads can create funky robot sounds all day long in the style of today’s popular music.

The JD-Xi can also interact with computer music software via USB, and at less than 5 lbs., it can be used with a laptop for on-the-go music creation and performance. offers additional sets of downloadable sounds for endless inspiration.

When Junior wants to practice during baby sister’s nap, or when Dad insists on playing his latest creation, “Mountain Man Polka” all day long, they can simply plug in to the included headphone jack for silent performance. And that’ll surely be music to Mom’s ears.