Vintage Digital


Roland may well be known for extraordinary keyboards more than anything else, but they have a long history in making digital effects processors too. Roland’s early tape delay devices such as the Roland RE-210 from the early 1970s (and the follow up products) are now so highly valued that they rarely come up for sale. Roland were never content and always innovated, so when digital processing came along, they were right there at the forefront, starting with the Roland SDE-2000 digital delay in 1981. In the same year they released one of their most highly regarded effects, the Roland SDD-320 Dimension D Chorus.

Over the years Roland produced some great digital effects, including the Roland SRV-2000 digital reverb. The SRV-2000 is an early grainy sounding reverb with so much character, it sounds fantastic on snares, but is most famous for being used by Slash for that guitar sound on Sweet Child of Mine. Roland tried to capture some of the big studio reverb market by introducing the Roland R880 reverb, a high end reverb that had minimal success. It was difficult to knock the big guns out of the studio space as many other manufactures found. After that Roland went back to what they do best, a more affordable range of digital processors, the Roland SRV-330 dimensional digital reverb which is truly excellent and underrated.

The SDE-330 dimensional space delay was next and the rarest of them all, the SDX-330 dimensional expander which was a modulation effects box. It is said that the chorus effects on the SDX are superior to even the Roland Dimension D. They rarely ever come up for sale and are grabbed very quickly when they do. Their final product, the Roland SRV-3030 should have been an absolute winner, but sadly Roland took a step backwards and it is dull and boring unit. Sadly too is the fact it is often mistaken for the SRV-330 and vice versa, but they are two very different units.

Roland SRV-3030 24bit Digital Reverb

With all that Roland had learned from making superb effects processors like the SRV-330 and R-880, the SRV-3030 should have been so much better than it was. The Roland SRV-3030 is a very polarizing processor, it seems you either love it or hate it. We found it to be anemic to say the least, and no where near as lush sounding as the Roland SRV-330.

Roland SDX-330 Dimensional Expander

Roland made chorusing their thing, and cemented their place in history with the Dimension D, but by all accounts, it is the SDX-330 that is the best chorus processor. The sad thing is, by the time it was released in 1994, chorusing had pretty much run it’s course in recording and the sales of this processor must have been very low as they rarely ever come up for sale.

Roland SDE-330 Dimensional Space Delay

The Roland SDE-330 digital delay was released at the same time as the SRV-330 and offers just as spectacular performance as it’s sibling. Roland had by now made a number of digital delays, and the SDE-330 showed they had nailed the concept.

Roland SRV-330 Dimensional Space Reverb

Taking what they had learned with the R-880, Roland developed a new SRV reverb, the Roland SRV-330 and it is one of Roland’s finest digital reverbs. The Roland SRV-330 is a fantastic reverb that offers a broad range of reverbs, from real space emulations to retro gear emulations, and they all sound fantastic with smooth tails and low noise.

Roland RSP-550 Stereo Signal Processor

After failing to to make an impact with the Roland R-880, Roland went back to what they do best, affordable multi effects processors and the Roland RSP-550 was born. The Roland RSP-550 was a departure from the norm for Roland, gone was the SRV nomenclature, but only for a short while when they returned with the SRV-330.

Roland R-880 Digital Reverb

In 1989 Roland decided it was time to take on the big names in studio reverbs, and they released their best reverb to date, the Roland R-880. As good as the Roland R-880 was, and is, it failed to take any market share away from the big names like Lexicon, but it did find a home some studios and those people love the Roland R-880.

Roland DEP-5 Digital Effects Processor

Roland proudly introduced a new standard in signal processors the Roland DEP-5 Digital Effects Processor. The Roland DEP-5 incorporates Roland’s most advanced digital technology for great sound and easy programming. Roland digital effects devices are the choice of musicians and engineers the world over. Onstage and in studios, the remarkable SRV series digital reverb units and SDE series digital delays play a vital role in today’s music.

Roland SDE-2500 MIDI Digital Delay

The Roland SDE-2500 Digital Delay came after the Roland SDE-3000 and coincided with the release of the equally excellent Roland SRV-2000 Digital Reverb.

Roland SRV-2000 MIDI Digital Reverb

The Roland SRV-2000 is one of those classic old Japanese reverbs that while not perfect, is certainly perfect in some situations, and in particular for snare! Yes it is grainy at times, perhaps a little too bright and the reverb tails are not the smoothest, but it these characteristics that give the Roland SRV-2000 it’s mojo and a place in your studio.

Roland SDE-1000 Digital Delay

The Roland SDE-1000 represented Roland’s entry into the affordable Digital Delay market and it brought quality effects for all of us. The Roland SDE-1000 Digital Delay is a high quality 12 bit digital delay machine with various attractive features including chorusing.
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