Roland teams with Massenburg

Roland is proud to announce the release of the much-anticipated Massenburg Hi Resolution Parametric EQ Plug In. In the winter of 2004 the company announced that it would, for the first time, open up its successful V-Studio platform to outside plug-in developers via the VS8F-3 Plug-In Effect Expansion Board. This historic announcement marked a bold initiative at Roland, whereby the company will give V-Studio users access to both high-quality Roland plug-ins and optional 3rd party plug-ins.

With the release of the Massenburg Hi Resolution Parametric EQ, V-Studio owners now have a Hi-Resolution EQ as an integral component of your VS system. The new MDW Parametric EQ for Roland VS-Series is a Double Precision plug-in with unprecedented clarity, fast response, and superlative smoothness, especially in the high frequency audio spectrum.

Massenburg DesignWorks, headed by George Massenburg, the engineer who introduced the parametric equalizer, provides advanced software and hardware tools, bringing sophisticated audio technology previously restricted to only the very high-end of the audio industry.

The plug in, which take use of the Roland VS8F-3 processing card, is a four band, fully parametric equalizer that processes the audio at 88.2 KHz and 96 KHz, even if the audio is at lower rates. This provides a much more elegant result that doesn’t suffer from the normal artifacts associated with standard techniques. The result is a more natural and pleasing sound that reminds users of great analog processing, only better.

Grammy and TEC Award-winner George Massenburg is internationally renowned as a producer, recording engineer and designer of audio equipment. In a career spanning over 30 years, he has worked with such artists as Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Joel, Kenny Loggins, Journey, Phil Collins, Toto, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, James Taylor, Little Feat, Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, Carly Simon, and Earth, Wind and Fire. Massenburg, a member of the Faculty of Music of McGill University, has received three Grammies, including the Grammy for Technical Achievement in 1998. George Massenburg has been responsible for engineering some of the most respected recordings of the modern era, as well as creating that mainstay of the recording process, the parametric equalizer.

“This marks the first time VS Users worldwide have access to the world famous parametric EQ technology,” says Roland Product Manager, Vince LaDuca. “We are thrilled to be able to supply our customers with this high-end EQ solution.”

To add plug-in processing to a V-Studio, users must purchase an optional VS8F-3 Plug-In Effect Expansion Board and update their V-Studio’s software. This great range of plug-ins will be immediately available for the popular, top-of-the-line VS-2480-Series, VS-2400CD and the new VS-2000CD.

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