Roland unveils 10 new Zen-core sound packs

Adding atmospheric synths to classic hip-hop kits, driven by the powerful Zen-core system.

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Roland has announced 10 new sound packs for Zen-core devices, which includes their in-the-box Zenology plug-in. These are said to bring along new drum kits, vintage analogue-type tones and other hybrid sounds, specific to a certain genre or instrument type.

The releases are broken up into two categories: Production Packs and Instrument Packs. Here’s a look at three of each, below.

Production Packs

SDZ011 LazerQ

This pack concerns itself with the grittier sonic aspects of acid house and industrial tracks, giving you 15 “dark” sounding synth tones to play with. Listen to what it sounds like here.

SDZ013 Opener

As its name implies, this electronica-focused sound pack brings along sweeping synths and vibey pianos – which could serve R&B productions just as well.

SDZ015 Classic Groove

Dripping with undertones of classic hip-hop and R&B, this pack supplies you with soulfully vintage sounds – including 15 tones and a drum kit.

Instrument Packs

SDZ016 Electro Bass

Exploring the deep end of the sonic spectrum, this sound pack emphasises synth-bass tones, with 15 sounds and a drum kit.

SDZ017 Analog Plucks

Pluck synth sounds; short and sweet; 16 of them.

SDZ018 Synth Strings and Pads

This sound pack arms you with 16 synth strings and pad sounds which, when paired with the right reverb, could be potent for especially atmospheric productions.


Music-makers already subscribed to the Roland Cloud service will find these packs included with their memberships. Otherwise, packs cost $0.99 each.

The Zen-Core Production Packs are available now, while the Instrument Packs will be released on 25 June.

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