April 3, 2012

Roland Record


  1. OK, I have to ask since it was proclaimed on the 2nd to last pic above. Are your old Rolands still in tune today? They say forever :)

    Would love to hear this record.

  2. Do you own the records?

  3. Rolands do stay in tune better than any old synthesizers I've used.

    I don't own these records, wish I did. I also can't find any mp3s or anything of them online. If anyone has any leads I'd be very appreciative.

  4. I'm posting this here because I don't have your email or another way to contact you. Plus this will be buried in the archive, or you could read this then delete it if you want since comments must be approved before being seen :) I had the craziest dream last night, and I attribute it to reading this blog! A friend of mine was working at a library, or maybe a thrift store, and they received a donation including a ton of VHS tapes. I was there when they unloaded the box, and one of the stacks that came out (like 6-10 tapes) were all early 80s Roland tapes. I have no idea what they could possibly have been, but the first thing I thought was, "I'm taking these and I know who I'm giving them to!" So I went to this blog, somehow found your email to contact you, and by magic (because you're not in FL now) I met up with you and gave you all of these Roland VHS tapes. You were like, "wow, that's awesome, thanks!" And I guess that was it. I know they say you can't read in your dreams, but I do it all the time. I clearly saw the Roland name/logo on a few of those tapes' sleeves.

    Maybe there exists some early 80s Roland VHS tapes out there? Promos or demos or concerts? Who knows...

    Hopefully someone can find those Roland records & post up the audio. At least we know those are real.

  5. That is so crazy... and really weird cause a while back I nearly made a fake Roland VHS tape in photo shop to post on here. I don't know if such a thing ever really existed. That's so kind of you to think of me, even in the dream realm (which is probably more real anyway).

  6. That is weird! You should make the mock-up, it can be our inside joke.

    However, doing an image search I came across this:


    Which jolted my memory & sent me across the house digging through my VHS tapes just now. I have a similar tape, but mine is for the "groove products." It was probably free at a music store in the late 90s / early aughts. I'll have to take a pic of it.

    The sleeves of the Roland tapes in my dream were decidedly more early 80s in their coloring & design.

  7. OK! It took me a while but here's the pic of the tape. It even has an index card so you know what terrors lie in wait. I think I watched it like once (in 1999 I'm sure).


    Also, I found a video on Youtube taken from this same VHS, for the JP-8000 and MC-303. The guy demonstrating the MC-303 is super crazy looking. He posted a reply in the comments. Watch... if you dare! D:


    Roland really had a thing for cashing in on their popular older products' names... 303 this, 808 that, JP whatever. Sadly, "they just don't make 'em like they used to."