The Roland Planet at PMT Manchester is the best place in North West England to check out the latest gear from Roland and BOSS and get expert, one-on-one advice from a trained Roland Specialist.
We also have tonnes of great Roland and BOSS events happening at PMT Manchester all year round, too. Previous events have included brand takeover days, a visit from the Roland/BOSS truck, a guitar masterclass with the incredibly talented Alex Hutchins and a V-Drum clinic with the fantastic Craig Blundell.
What Is a Roland Planet?
A Roland Planet isn't just an area of a music store that is completely dedicated to the latest Roland and BOSS instruments and equipment. Every Roland Planet has a Roland-trained product expert, who can advise you on what gear is best for your needs. A Roland Expert can also offer you advice on how to produce, write and record your music, no matter what style or genre. Plus, each Roland Expert is also a multi-instrumentalist and a self-confessed gear nut, too!
PMT Manchester's Roland Planet Expert
Andy is the current Roland Planet Expert at PMT Manchester and we caught up with him to find out what he loves about the brand and his favourite Roland and BOSS gear.
When did you become a Roland Expert?
I started working in the Roland Planet at PMT Manchester in July 2013.
What have been your favourite pieces of Roland gear year over the years?
Tough one to answer but I’d probably say the JD-Xi. It's such a powerful little synth and loads of fun to use! It has way more to offer than you might first assume. The sounds are really fantastic and completely customisable, it’s got great drums and a sequencer, plus a vocoder and mic, guitar input and you can record everything over USB straight into your computer! It's basically everything you need to make amazing-sounding dance music at home.
What's your go-to Roland gear that you always use?
Outside of work I do a lot of recording so I’m always using my Roland Studio Capture audio interface, it has all the inputs I need to record full drum kits and back set ups, is really easy to use and sounds great too.
What's the top-selling BOSS product of all time in your store?
Over the time I’ve worked here I’d say probably the Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner. It's such an essential piece of gear every guitarist needs one - and seems to get one!
Do you particularly specialise in any particular products or skills?
I’m a bit of jack of all trades really. The guitar is my main instrument and I play in a couple of rock bands, but I also play keys and synths. Plus, I’m also really into recording music and production too, so whatever I end up talking to customers about I’ve usually got some common ground on.
What's your favourite thing about the brand?
The thing I’ve always admired about Roland is that they always want to be pushing technology forward, always asking what the next step and is and how they can make things better for new customers in an affordable way.
You can find Andy at PMT Manchester and usually on their Facebook channel too, demoing the latest Roland and BOSS gear, such as the GO:Mixer! Pop in and say 'hi' to Andy the Roland Planet Expert today.
Roland and BOSS Products at PMT Manchester
BOSS Pedals at PMT Manchester
There's an entire stand dedicated to the iconic BOSS pedals and stompboxes at PMT Manchester! Whether you're looking for a modulation, distortion, loop, delay, reverb or overdrive pedal, we'll be able to help you create your perfect pedalboard for your electric or bass guitar at the Roland Planet at PMT Manchester.
Roland Electric Drum Kits
The Roland V-Drum section can be found upstairs in PMT Manchester in the House of Drums department, where an entire floor is dedicated to electric and acoustic drum kits. In PMT House of Drums in Manchester, you can try the latest electric drum kits from Roland, including the brand-new flagship model, the TD-50KV.
Roland Guitar Amps
The famous Blues Cube series and Roland CUBE amplifiers, which are perfect for busking and street performances, are all available for you to plug in to and try out at PMT Manchester. And don't forget, Roland doesn't just cater for electric guitar players - there's a full range of KC Amplifiers for keyboards and stunning amplifiers for acoustic guitars too. Check out all the Roland Amplifiers available at PMT.
Roland Keyboards & Pianos
Whether you're looking for your first keyboard or a gorgeous upright piano for your home, the Roland Planet at PMT Manchester has you covered. The Roland keyboards and digital pianos available in-store have all been built to last, with up to 10 years warranty on selected Roland Pianos. All pianos, keyboards and stage pianos in the store are set up and ready for you to play, so you can take your time to find the perfect keys for you.
Roland Synthesizers & Music Production Gear
PMT Manchester's Roland Planet always stocks the latest synthesizers (both digital and analog synth), midi keyboards, drum machines, and the entire Roland AIRA range, which Andy can demonstrate for you and show you how to incorporate into your own studio or set to help you make awesome music. We also have tons of great DJ gear including mixers, midi controllers and turntables available to try too so you can get hands-on with the latest equipment. Find out more about the Roland AIRA Creative Hub here.