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Instruments made by Roland are made in Japan, and the company is also a producer of electronic equipment and software. He created it in Osaka, Japan, on April 18, 1972, when he was just 18 years old. Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, became Roland’s new home in 2005. Currently, the company operates plants in the United States, Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia. It had 2,699 employees as of March 31, 2010. In 2014, Roland’s CEO Junichi Miki, assisted by Taiyo Pacific Partners, led a management buyout of the company.
Kakehashi chose the “Roland” moniker for export because he wanted a name that was easy to pronounce for his global customers. He found the name in a phone book and was pleased with the two-syllable term and its gentle consonants in the phone directory Since hardly many other music equipment firms use the letter “R,” we figured it would make us stand out at trade shows and in industry directories.
The Juno-106 synthesizer, TB-303 bass synthesizer, and TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines are just a few of the Roland devices that have had a lasting impact on music. When it came to developing MIDI, Roland was an early adopter of the technology, which is used to sync electronic devices from different manufacturers. It has been argued that Roland has “perhaps done more to shape electronic music than any other [business] in history”.