After releasing concept piano for its 50th Anniversary, Roland has come up with drone speakers to complement its music instrument. It aims to boldly embrace the future while respecting piano’s traditional foundations, the piano works alongside 4 drone speakers that have matching wood finish. These drones literally float around the piano, delivering sync-up sounds with the piano’s own speakers. As drones, these speakers can be controlled and positioned by the pianist during a performance. Roland Drone Speakers offer flexibility to a piano’s sound more than what emanates from its cabinet. They create beautiful sound waves that bounce back from walls and ceiling where the pianist and audience can enjoy music that falls from the air around them.
We know that many music industries have developed audio system that place multiple speakers in a room to achieve perfection in sound movement and effects. However, these conventional speakers stay in place, they can’t be moved or installed elsewhere. Roland Drone Speakers are here to give you a solution. The engineers aim to create flying speakers that bathe the player in a sound shower through combination of Roland’s PureAcoustic Ambience and modern remote-control drones.
However, futuristic Roland Drone Speakers also come with many challenges. If you’ve ever been near a drone, you’ll notice that the sound can be deafening, imagine these four drones circling a piano, no one might not be able to hear the music played. The next challenge would be latency. Normal Bluetooth is 200ms, it is unusable for musical performance, therefore, Roland has to internally develop dedicated communication platform. Well, until a quiet drone technology becomes available, it seems that this futuristic concept would stay just as concept.