Roland's biggest studio-oriented performance synths are the Jupiter series, a revered name in the synthesizer community. With 3 parts on the Jupiter-50 and 4 parts on the Jupiter-80, they combine realistic keyboard voices with a powerful synth offering more than 1500 tones. Each model has 76 velocity-responsive keys—an outstanding range for a synthesizer, which makes it child's play for it to double as a traditional keyboard for piano and organ parts. The Jupiter models also support recording to and playing back from a USB memory stick, which can add a lot of flexibility to your studio setup.
If you're looking for something a bit more portable without giving up the most impressive Roland features, take a look at the JUNO series. These 61-key synths are easier to transport than the Jupiters, and they still give you velocity sensitivity and USB memory support. With a JUNO, you get a solid suite of synth functionality as well as a great selection of natural voices in a smaller, lighter package that's perfect for gigging. Still not portable enough? Then you'll want to look at the 37-key Gaia SH-01 or the SYSTEM-1. The Gaia packs a lot of power into its small enclosure, including a three-part synth engine, virtual analog and up to 5 stacked effects at a time. The SYSTEM-1 is a direct descendant of Roland's legendary '70s-era synthesizers and comes loaded with four oscillators as well as "Plug-Out" configuration, meaning it can run software emulators of classic synths on-board: no computer needed.
The most dynamic Roland might be the shoulder synthesizers. The AX-Synth and Lucina AX-09 are a throwback to the early 1980s sporting modern, up-to-date electronics and features. On-board sound generators allow the AX models to be played anywhere. In addition to all the tech they borrow from full-size Roland synths, the shoulder synthesizers also have a whole series of features specifically designed for their in-hand play style, such as the bender mode, proximity-sensitive D-beam, ribbon touch and modulation bar.
There is a ton of history in the Roland name, and the quality of their synthesizers speaks for itself. Available in every size from the tiny SYSTEM-1 and Gaia SH-01 to the impressive 76-key Jupiter-50 and Jupiter-80, there really is a Roland synth for every musician who graces the studio or stage.