The ultra-portable unit can run off a battery and will sell for $699
Roland has launched a new all-in-one music production workstation called VERSELAB-MV1, which is designed to give you all the tools you need to create a professional-quality track without ever going near a computer.
The VERSELAB is based, like so many workstations before it, around a bank of 16 backlit, coloured performance pads and a 16-step sequencer. Naturally, the unit comes preloaded with over 3,000 onboard sounds, including many culled from Roland's own vintage hardware such as the TR and TB series, as well as a wide range of FX and a number of built-in mixing and mastering tools. Vocal ideas can be captured quickly using the built-in mic input, then tweaked by applying FX such as Harmonizer, Doubler and Auto-Pitch.
The VERSELAB-MV1 comes equipped with 6.3mm stereo and MIDI DIN in and outputs, as well as an SD card slot for storing your creations. VERSELAB is also designed to integrate fully with Roland's Zenbeat music production software, so if you hook up a laptop or tablet running Zenbeat, you'll be able to tweak your Zenbeat productions using the VERSELAB and vice versa.
The unit measures 354x208x60mm, weighs just under 1.2kg and will retail for $699 (UK pricing TBC).
For more information, see Roland's own website.