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The Roland JD-Xi Synthesizer and Ableton DAW Music Production Platform is a B&H Kit that combines the sounds of an analog/digital hybrid synthesizer with the digital workstation universe. While the analog process produces unique sounds that are often referred to as organic and smooth, the digital process can go to places and manipulate audio that analog can never do. This kit doesn't argue for or against either, but pairs the two for a harmonious outcome. A keyboard bag is included for ease of transportation.
Roland JD-Xi Analog/Digital Synthesizer (Black)
Featuring analog and digital sound engines and a compact footprint, the black 37 mini key JD-Xi from Roland is designed to deliver fat, warm analog bass and lead tones with controls for hands-on tweaking, plus polyphonic digital sounds like pads, strings, brass, and more.
The JD-Xi also allows you to create loops with a built-in four-track pattern sequencer and built-in drum kits, and also create vocal textures with the included gooseneck mic and on-board vocoder, and AutoPitch.
Interactive crossover synthesizer with analog and digital sound engines
Analog synth section provides authentic lead and bass tones
Two digital synth sections with SuperNATURAL synth tones and 129-voice total polyphony
Four-track pattern sequencer and high-quality rhythm sounds
Included gooseneck mic for use with built-in Vocoder and AutoPitch
Process sounds with four simultaneous effects (Effect 1/2, Delay, Reverb)
USB for audio/MIDI communication with computer music software
Includes a large selection of ready-to-play sounds and patterns
Additional sounds and patterns available for download at Roland’s Axial sound library site
Ableton Live 9 Standard - Music Production Software (Boxed)
Live 9 Standard from Ableton is a solid update to the company's "think different" DAW software that is particularly popular with electronic and beat making creators. Two GUI views include a traditional, vertical-track display with time moving from left to right (Arrangement View), while the Session View is a place for experimentation that provides room for improvising, playing and performing with musical ideas without the constraints of the timeline. Live 9 Standard comes with 3 instruments, 38 effects, and over 1,000 production-ready sounds.
Aside from the particular way of presenting the creative process, the software also includes standard features such as unlimited multi-track recording with up to 32-bit/192 kHz resolution with nondestructive editing and unlimited undo. Essential automatic plug-in delay compensation is available, along with multiple automation lanes and track freezing for conserving DSP. Warping and real-time, time-stretch processing can be applied to any clips, and unlimited instruments, audio effects and MIDI effects can be utilized per project.
MIDI sequencing, remote control instant mapping, and MIDI output to hardware MIDI devices allows the software to play a central role in any studio situation. New in Live 9 is an audio-to-MIDI functionality that can extract musical ideas from samples, or convert drum-breaks with the Drums-to-MIDI feature and reuse them with custom sounds. MIDI clock synchronization and ReWire ensures that the software functions with external hardware and software.
The software supports multi-core and multiprocessor computer configurations, and includes support for WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file formats. The software functions under both Mac and Windows operating systems.
What's New in Ableton 9.7
New Slicing Options: Chop samples by beat divisions or regions, as well as manually or by transients (a new Simpler feature that also works without Push)
New Drum Layout: 16 set velocity levels for playing and programming more dynamic beats
Hands-On Audio Routing: Select and record ins and outs directly from Push for sampling internal or external audio without disrupting your flow
Visual Feedback for Tighter Recordings: New display info shows clip phase and count-in so you can start and finish clip recordings more accurately
Hands-On Color Customization: Color pads, tracks and clips using Push to make your live performance easier
Better Playability: Pad sensitivity adapts to what you play, whether it’s drums or sustained chords
Better Sampling with Simpler: Simpler has been completely overhauled with a new interface, warping, slicing, and new analog-modeled filters built in conjunction with Cytomic. Slice samples across the keyboard, play single hits, or warp long samples so that they always stay in time with your song
Improved waveforms and coloring: New waveforms show more detail and zoom and scroll smoothly. To help keep your Sets organized, new clips take their track’s color, and tracks are now automatically colored by default
Peak and RMS Meters: Updated meters show both peak and RMS, to indicate both sudden changes in level as well as perceived loudness. This makes it easier to control the dynamics of both individual tracks and your overall mix
Analog-Modeled Filters: Based on classic vintage hardware models that will self-resonate, feedback, and distort beautifully. These filters were built in collaboration with Cytomic and are included in Simpler, Sampler, Operator, and Auto Filter
More Sounds, Samples, and Drums: The library of included sounds has been updated to get you making music even faster. This includes new drum kits, presets using the new analog-modeled filters, hundreds more one shots, and new audio clips
Play in Time with Link: Jam with Live and a growing collection of other music applications. Link is a new technology that keeps you in time over a wireless network
What's in Live 9
Recording and Editing
Software that allows for creating ideas and making changes without stopping using two project windows
Arrangement View uses the traditional track-style convention where time moves from left to right, while tracks are stacked vertically
Session View is a sketchpad for improvising, playing and performing with musical ideas, without the constraints of the timeline
Freely and independently start and stop any number of audio or MIDI loops while everything stays in sync
Almost everything works in real-time - add, reorder or remove devices, play with track routing and more, all without interrupting the creative flow
Record parameter changes directly into Session View
Edit automation with curves
Edit automation curves with the mouse to create smooth mix transitions or radical parameter changes in clips
Create new Session View scenes from Arrangement tracks with a single click, or drag and copy individual clips from Arrangement to Session
MIDI note manipulation tools and an improved editing workflow aid in creating new musical ideas quickly
Invert, reverse, transpose and speed up or slow down selected MIDI notes in a single click
MIDI Note Stretch markers let you speed up, slow down, or even reverse selected MIDI notes
Add or remove breakpoints with a single click
Hover the mouse near envelope segments to select and drag them without using a modifier
Editing grids are now "sticky," allowing notes to be freely moved and resized while still snapping when close to grid lines
Warp clip automation alongside the audio
Envelopes in MIDI clips can be stretched using stretch markers
Hold a modifier while dragging to create and edit curves in automation envelopes
Extract musical ideas from samples and build upon them
Convert drum-breaks with the Drums-to-MIDI feature and reuse them with custom sounds
Speed up remixing work by using Harmony-to-MIDI to get the notes and chords from the original audio stems
Sketch out ideas quickly by singing (or beatboxing) into Live and converting the recording into MIDI
Sing, beatbox, tap a rhythm, or play any solo instrument to capture musical ideas as they come and then use the Melody- or Drums-to-MIDI feature to turn the recordings into MIDI clips that can edited and reused with any sound
Instruments and Sounds
Includes a collection of instruments, sounds, kits and loops for creating any kind of music
Devices including FM and physical modeling synthesis as well as sampling
Classic analog drum machines, one-shot samples and multi-sampled acoustic drum kits
Over 1,100 Sounds including vintage synthesizers, acoustic instruments and combinations of sampling, effects and synthesis
Variety of audio and MIDI patterns ready to use, covering everything from 60's Soul and Hip Hop to Electronica
Thirty-eight audio effects
Wide selection of audio processors, from the classic to the unique
Seven MIDI effects
Includes devices to rearrange, constrain or randomize MIDI notes for creating endless variations
Analog-modeled Glue Compressor and redesigned studio effects
Glue Compressor modeled on a classic 80's console bus compressor, both its sound and also to provide musical results with a simple set of controls
Studio effects (compressor, gate and EQ Eight) have been improved with new displays and enhanced controls and sound
EQ Eight includes a breakout display, an Audition mode for soloing frequencies, an analog-style adaptive Q option, and improved filters
Integrating External Hardware
Use external hardware synthesizers or effects units as if they were plug-ins, via the software's External Instrument and External Audio Effect devices
Create custom racks
Racks allow for combining multiple instruments and effects into a single device
Each of the eight Macro knobs can be mapped to any number of parameters in a Rack, allowing for customized controls
VST and Audio Units
Use VST or Audio Units instruments and effects alongside Live's native devices
Works with any MIDI controller with instant mapping available for the most popular ones
Control Live with your iOS or Android device using third-party software
Flexible MIDI and keyboard mapping
Map MIDI knobs, sliders, and buttons or a computer keyboard to almost every control in Live
Find sounds fast via new browser
Browser puts all instruments and effects, samples, Packs and VST/Audio Units plug-ins into a single easy-to-navigate view
Drag and drop folders into the browser from anywhere on the computer
Search while typing, navigate from the keyboard, and sort items by various categories
Browse by type with samples, devices, presets, and VST/Audio Units plug-ins all available from the same view
View items by frequency of previous use
Store sounds and Packs on any hard drive, or multiple drives
Instant preview of all Ableton Packs
Unlimited multi-track recording up to 32-bit/192 kHz
Nondestructive editing with unlimited undo
MIDI sequencing of software and hardware instruments
Warping and real-time time-stretching
Unlimited Instruments, Audio effects and MIDI effects per project
Time signature changes
Multiple automation lanes
Automatic plug-in delay compensation
MIDI remote control instant mapping
MIDI output to hardware synthesizers
WAV, AIFF, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC file support
Roland CB-JDXi Custom Gig Bag for the JD-XI Synthesizer
With red and black styling to match the synth it protects, the Roland CB-JDXi Carrying Bag includes foam padding and end guards to protect the JD-Xi synthesizer. For comfort and ease of use, the bag includes an integrated carrying handle as well as a shoulder strap. A zippered side compartment accommodates the gooseneck microphone of the synthesizer and a smaller second compartment can be used for the synthesizer's power supply. Additional space is available in the compartments for cables or other accessories. The bag will also fit the Roland OCTAPAD SPD-30.
Maximum: 129 voices (Digital Synth/Drum Kit: 128, Analog Synth: 1)
4 parts (Digital Synth Part: 2, Drums Part: 1, Analog Synth Part: 1)
Digital synth tone (SuperNATURAL Synth) Analog synth tone PCM drum kit *For an analog synth tone, the oscillator, sub-oscillator, and filter sections consist of analog circuits.
Effect1 (Distortion, Fuzz, Compressor, Bit Crusher) Effect2 (Flanger, Phaser, Ring Mod, Slicer) Delay: 2 types Reverb: 6 types
Pitch Bend/Modulation Wheel
16 characters 2 line LCD
Headphones Jack: Stereo 1/4" phone type Output Jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4" phone type Input Jack (LINE(MONO) / Guitar Input): 1/4" phone type MIDI Connectors: In, out USB Port: USB hi-speed audio/MIDI, (use USB cable and computer with USB port that supports hi-speed USB) Power: DC IN jack Mic Input Jack: XLR type, unbalanced
Mac Intel multi-core processor OS X 10.7 or later 4 GB RAM 1024x768 display resolution DVD drive for installation 3 GB free hard drive space required for basic installation 12 GB free hard drive space for full sounds installation
Windows Multi-core processor Windows 7, 8, or 10 4 GB RAM 1024x768 display resolution DVD drive for installation 3 GB free hard drive space required for basic installation 12 GB free hard drive space for full sounds installation