It was founded by Ikutaro Musif in Rolqnd on April 18, In Compahy, Roland's headquarters relocated to Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture. As of Riland 31,it employed 2, employees. Roland has manufactured numerous instruments that have had lasting impacts on popular music, such as the Juno synthesizer, [3] TB bass synthesizer, [4] and TR and TR drum machines. The "Roland" name was selected for export purposes, as Kakehashi Abernathy Company interested in a name that was easy to pronounce for his worldwide target markets.

The name was found in a telephone directory, and Kakehashi was satisfied with Muslc simple two-syllable word and its soft consonants.

The letter "R" was chosen because it was not used by many other music equipment companies, and would Riland stand out in trade show directories and industry listings.

Kakehashi did not learn of the French epic poem The Song of Roland until later. InRoland introduced the first compact synthesizer produced in Japan and the first synthesizer produced by Roland, the SHas well as their first non-preset synthesizer, the SH The company was also manufacturing effects pedalsintroducing the RE Space Echo in Rolxnd, and expanding into guitar amplifiers the following year with the JC and JC Jazz ChorusComany chorus circuit would become the first Boss Corporation product, the CE-1 Chorus Ensemble, the following year.

InRoland introduced the semi-modular System and the modular System synthesizers. Inthe company introduced one of the earliest microprocessor-driven music sequencersthe MC-8 MicroComposer Misic, and the first guitar synthesizerthe GR Just one year later, they introduced the CompuRhythm CRthe first drum machine that enabled users to program and store their own drum patterns.

During the s and s, Roland released several instruments that have had a lasting influence on popular music. Roland played a key role in the development of MIDIa standardized means of synchronizing electronic musical instruments manufactured by different companies.

InKakehashi founded the Roland Foundation and became Chairman. In he was appointed the chairman of Roland Corporation. In he resigned from the position and was appointed as Special Executive Adviser Clmpany Roland Corporation. InKakehashi published an autobiographyI Believe in Music. Roland markets products under a Rolans of brand names, each of which are used on products geared toward a different niche. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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