At the recent Future Publishing Reader Awards, held at a swanky reception room at the Hilton - NEC, Roland came away with 4 trophies across some hotly contested categories. Voted for by the readers of magazines such as Future Music, Total Guitar and Rhythm, the first awards ceremony took place in Birmingham on November 8th - we were there and thoroughly enjoyed the free corporate refreshments.
Roland and Boss hard-disk recorders revieved 2 awards - for best £500-£1000 recorder and best recorder over £1000- going to the Boss BR-1180 CD and Roland VS-1880 respectively.
Martyn Hopkins, Marketing Manager for Musical Instruments and Boss at Roland UK said at the time:
" The Boss tradition of giving guitarists what they want in a way that doesn't feel like pulling teeth has paid off, and the BR-1180 CD has surpassed all expectations. Quality results - quick, painless and simple - just the way it should be.
After 7 years in the market place, the V-Studio range is the de-facto standard for hard-disk recorders and despite some strong competition, the VS-1880 winning best recorder over £1000 is saying something, especially when you consider it was up against some much more expensive gear. Some people like bells, some like whistles, others just want to get some work finished. "
The readers of Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Techniques chose the Boss GT-6 as best FX processor and finally, and to a the delight of the assembled crowd (and quite rightly too), the award for the best electronic percussion kit voted for by the readers of Rhythm went to the Roland TD-10 V-Drum kit.
" To receive this award, for the second year running, is pretty much proof that if you're after electronic drums, the V-Drums are the ones to go for. Ask yourself why people such as Omar Hakim and Neil Peart have joined the gang. The sounds are awesome anyway, but it s all in the feel. Dual-mesh heads that you can' t get anywhere else and super-low latency combine to form the most playable kit around. Thanks to everyone that voted. "