Roland's INTEGRA-7 gives musicians a goldmine of the latest SuperNATURAL sounds and Behavior Modeling technology in a fast-access, fully stocked 16-part module. The powerhouse rack comprises a "greate... Read More
Roland's INTEGRA-7 gives musicians a goldmine of the latest SuperNATURAL sounds and Behavior Modeling technology in a fast-access, fully stocked 16-part module. The powerhouse rack comprises a "greatest hits" collection of sounds from Roland's flagship keyboards and V-Drums modules, plus a coveted lineup from the legacy SRX library. It also introduces a new technology called Motional Surround, a 17-part ambience engine that lets you graphically control the distance and position of each part within 360-degree sound field. With the immense power of the INTEGRA-7, you can create amazingly realistic and detailed orchestral arrangements, immersive, spatial sounds, and so much more.
SuperNATURAL-Powered Music Production
The core of the INTEGRA-7 is its SuperNATURAL sounds with Behavior Modeling technology. SuperNATURAL not only mirrors the sounds of acoustic instruments, it also simulate the behavior of instruments when they're played. With SuperNATURAL, sounds come to life under your fingers.
Whether used in acoustic or electronic domains, the INTEGRA-7 puts a world of expressive sound in your hands. Go deep inside the programming engine and customize your own sounds, or let the INTEGRA-7 do it all for you. With so many great sounds onboard, and with the INTEGRA-7's organic response to how you play your keyboard/controller, you'll experience a new level of realism and effortless expression.
The INTEGRA-7's SuperNATURAL powers also reach beyond acoustic instruments. It's loaded with SuperNATURAL synth tones that meticulously recreate the fat sound of beloved vintage synthesizers, their expressive filters, and unique envelope behaviors. Hundreds of PCM waveforms are onboard as well, providing a treasure trove of classic digital-synth sounds prevalent in the '80s and '90s. You can even edit the sounds intuitively on an iPad with the dedicated editor app.
SuperNATURAL Drums and SFX
In addition to the expressive acoustic tones and full-blown synth engine under the hood of the INTEGRA-7, you'll find a SuperNATURAL drum engine derived from Roland V-Drums. Thanks to Behavior Modeling Technology, the INTEGRA-7 can groove like a real drummer. Drum kits respond smoothly and naturally to velocity, with seamless tonal transitions from soft to loud. Play fast drum fills that don't sound like fake machine-gun fire, and create fluid snare, tom, and cymbal rolls with real-time control of their speed and volume via mod lever. The drum engine even has its own ambience effect, plus six COMP+EQ sets, which you can apply to the drum instruments individually.
The newly created SFX kits offer a variety of stunningly realistic sounds, such as car crash, door slam, footsteps, birds, river, and more. Great for film scoring, some of the effects offer real-time control. For example, using the mod lever, you can realistically control the sound of a virtual audience (the amount of clapping and cheering) or the sound of an ocean tide, rain, and wind.
Essential Legacy Sounds Onboard
Roland has a long, celebrated history of creating top-selling synthesizers, and many musicians still rely heavily on their legacy gear. With the INTEGRA-7, a "greatest hits" collection of previous Roland synths is built in. All of the sounds from the XV-5080 are onboard, plus all 12 titles from the SRX Expansion libraries, including SRX-05 Supreme Dance with essential electro sounds from vintage TR-808 and -909 drum machines, SRX-06 Complete Orchestra with a huge collection of orchestral instruments and dramatic sound-effects, and SRX-09 World Collection that's like an audio encyclopedia of ethnic instruments including rare, hard to find samples. The INTEGRA-7 is equipped with four virtual expansion slots, which can be used to load four SRX libraries simultaneously. With all of these classic sounds instantly available, plus a new stockpile of enhanced SuperNATURAL sounds, the INTEGRA-7 brings the past, present, and future together in one convenient instrument.
Motional Surround - derived from Roland's proprietary RSS (Roland Sound Space) technology - lets you control not only the left/right panning of sounds, but also their depth, even placing them behind you. A solo instrument can be placed nearby, for example, while the backing or percussion instruments can be placed at a distance, thus creating a sound field with natural width and depth. Motional Surround is particularly stunning when applied to orchestral simulations. This exciting new sound processing can also be applied to external audio; connect an audio player or instrument to the INTEGRA-7's inputs and immerse it in Motional Surround. Adjust the parameters in real time via MIDI, as well as with the dedicated iPad app or VSTi plug-in editor for DAWs such as SONAR. You can even record Motional Surround movements in SONAR for automated playback. Motional Surround supports two-channel output, so you can experience the effect with just two speakers or headphones! 5.1-channel output is also supported for maximum impact with five speakers and a subwoofer.
The hardware design of the INTEGRA-7 is stylish and sturdy. Housed in a rugged metal chassis, it's beautifully designed and built to withstand decades of use, whether in a studio or a touring road rack. The INTEGRA-7's internal components are premium grade, including high-quality, low-noise D/A converters. It's also equipped with dedicated effects engines, so you don't have to worry about CPU load; each of the 16 parts can have their own MFX and EQ, rather than sharing the same effects for all parts.
Across the INTEGRA-7's front panel are dedicated buttons for accessing sounds and effects quickly, plus a large value dial surrounded by navigation keys. The LCD is easy to see, and you can adjust its contrast and brightness to suit the viewing angle and lighting conditions.
On the rear panel is an array of versatile connectors, including stereo XLR outputs, 8 individual 1/4" phone outs, a digital (coaxial) output, MIDI in/out/thru, and a USB port that supports audio streaming at rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. For convenience and flexibility, input jacks are provided on both the rear and front panels.
Cool Features and Add-Ons
The INTEGRA-7 is packed with innovative and powerful features, including a Tone Finder wizard that organizes the 6,000-plus onboard sounds into logical categories for quick location. Simply press the dedicated Tone Finder button and choose your category; once you find a sound, press the volume knob/button to preview it. The preview plays a suitable phrase for each sound, so you know what kind of articulation behavior it's able to produce.
Other noteworthy features included an ultra high-quality GM2 sound set (uses all four virtual slots) for playing SMF files via external sequencers, six additional SuperNATURAL sounds (uses one virtual slot each), a front-panel USB memory port (which lets you conveniently store your settings on a USB thumb drive), and a custom iPad Editor App for iPad users who wish to control the INTEGRA-7's synth parameters, part mixer, and Motional Surround remotely, as well as selecting sounds and reading/loading the 16-part Studio Sets. Perfect partners for the INTEGRA-7 are Roland's new A-88 and A-49 MIDI controller keyboards (sold separately). The SuperNATURAL button on the A-88/-49 automatically assigns the INTEGRA-7's most appropriate parameters to the mod lever, knobs, and D-BEAM for controlling the selected SuperNATURAL sound.
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I thought I'd never buy a sound module again, but I gave in and picked this item up. It's basically got every Roland preset and sound library over the past 30 years. All the SRX cards and the same synth engine as the Jupiter-80. Another way of thinking about it is a rack-mount Jupiter 80 Plus a bonus of all the SRX cards. (well, and half the polyphony of a JP-80...) The sound quality is astonishing. Roland has a knack of having amazing presets and having this collection is super awesome. Only con so far is the Audio Unit is not 64bit yet so the innovative plug-in editor does not work yet on Logic Pro X :-( :-(
I toyed with a 3 star rating because the tone selection is, as Noah said, terribly bland and ordinary. It's unclear if it was my misunderstanding or Roland's misinformative marketing that led me to assume that it was a collection of their awesome synth tones. It is not. Despite the quality construction, thoughtful and intuitive layout/UI, cool surround motion editor!, excellent tonal quality and expressiveness, I fell asleep browsing through the sounds. This unit is all about presets. No time wasted in tweaking 'just the right tone' as it provides a massive selection with many sounds having several variations. So, having owned Roland synths throughout the years with each model having a selection of awesone sounds, I expected Roland to have high-graded their tone libraries for the Integra. But they did not. It is full of standard issue tones that can be found on almost any platform. It seems that Roland's focus with this unit was on the plyability/expressiveness of the sounds as the filtering/modulation/etc that playing velocity, phrasing, and aftertouch are very acoustical-like in their response. So on that level, it is, dare I say, unprecedented. If you are buying your first or only tone module for GP purposes - this unit is the quintessential buy. If you're looking for a collection of Rolands awesome tones, you will be sorely disappointed.
The new Roland Integra-7 rackmount synth is truly amazing in many ways, representing the culmination of decades of hardware synth advancement, distilled into a compact and versatile 2U package. The outputs are not only balanced, but now support 5.1 surround with up to sixteen separate parts which can be manipulated in the roomspace realtime via the "motional surround" feature. The large front panel display offers access through extensive menu tabs to every possible global or patch parameter you could want, or you can connect an iPad by USB or wireless dongle and get at things in a slightly less cramped and more intuitive way. The sound library is unbelievably huge, and includes an extensive bank of SuperNATURAL sounds, as well as every SRX expansion ever made. But this brings me to my only complaint: in all those thousands of sounds (excepting the SRX library), there just aren't that many inspiring Roland synth patches, the ones you've come to expect if you have a Fantom or a V-Synth. They are mostly just very impressive emulations of acoustic instruments and analog oldware. If you need a hardware synth to serve as the very capable core of a production scoring studio, the Integra-7 will probably do. If you play a lot of rock and basic dance music, the Integra-7 is probably good for that too, consolidating a lot of gear into one rack. But if you've got a Fantom you use a lot, don't trade it in expecting its otherworldy tones to be part of the Integra's library. They're just not there. For the money, you'd be better off going the software route with something like NI's Absynth, Reaktor, or Massive (for the money you could actually get Komplete Ultimate and a computer to run it on for less, if you don't mind integrating computers in your rig). So, I applaud Roland for delivering a top quality rackmount machine, in this day and age a rarity, with such a competent set of features and sounds. But somehow I doubt this one will see a level of success necessary to justify the next one, given it's rather bland aural palette. Here's hoping there will be a host of soundset upgrades available in the near future, faithfully reproducing the patchbanks of some of Roland's more unusual tone generators.
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