What Roland keys are being played on the Level 42 tour?

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Everyone likes to give their setup the occasional shot in the arm. Mike Lindup is no different. During his 36 years with Level 42, the keys wizard has played most of Roland’s product line, from the MKS-20 to the JUNO-6. Now, as the British legends prepare to record their follow-up to 2013’s Sirens EP, Mike has taken delivery of two new weapons, in the form of the Roland RD-800 Stage Piano and the JD-XA Synthesizer. “The thing about synthesizers,” he tells us in this video interview, “is that as a player, you want lots of colours. Each keyboard adds something…

Inviting us into the middle of a Level 42 rehearsal, Mike walks us through his new rig, explaining how he’s fallen for the organic feel of the Roland RD-800, and how the presets are helping to power live versions of classic songs like Running In The Family. Just as critical to his sound, he adds, is the Roland JD-XA. “I love the fact that it’s a crossover synth, so it’s got analog and digital. I thought, ‘Well, there’s obviously a lot of power under the hood’. I’m looking forward to diving in and really finding out what it’s capable of…

 

 
 
 
WHAT ROLAND KEYS ARE BEING PLAYED ON THE LEVEL 42 TOUR?