For those who don’t know what the ‘Roland Cloud’ is, Roland provide a subscription model software service featuring most of their classic instruments and drum machines.
For those that have already subscribed, you have probably been waiting for the day that Roland made the TB-303 emulation available.
Roland offer the full package for $20 USD per month but some users think this is a steep price to pay considering you will never actually own any of the plugins.
Although Roland have said that you do receive ownership of one plugin per year after subscribing, it seems like it would take a lifetime to actually own the collection.
We’ve tried the Roland Cloud here at UMR and being honest, the plugins sound fantastic but they can be a bit clunky to integrate into projects.
The audio quality does come at another price too, the plugins are very processor hungry and running just a few synths or drum machines from the Roland Cloud can be a lot to manage even for the most powerful of computers.
We are hoping that with a steep subscription price that Roland continue to improve the efficiency of the plugins whilst still retaining the quality of the sound in the near future.
We will probably kick off our subscription again purely for the functionality of the TB-303, we are suckers for that acid sound here at UMR!