Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Propellerheads to pull ReBirth following legal claim from Roland | UNLIMITED | CMU


Music software company Propellerheads has announced the discontinuation of its ReBirth iPad app following a legal claim by instrument maker Roland.

Originally launched in 1996 as software for desktop computers, ReBirth is an emulator for Roland’s TB-303 synthesizer and TR-808/TR-909 drum machines. Although previously discontinued in 2005, it was relaunched for the iPad in 2010.

In a statement this week, Propellerheads said: “We have decided to discontinue ReBirth for iPad. The decision comes after a statement from Roland that the product infringes on the company’s intellectual property rights. Rather than refuting this claim, we have decided to honour our longstanding relationship with Roland Corporation and have, therefore, come to the conclusion that the best path forward is to discontinue the product”.

Roland has previously turned a blind eye to ReBirth and other similar software and hardware, seemingly because – although popular in electronic music – the synthesizers they emulate were actually only in production for a short time in the 1980s. However, in recent years the company has launched new versions of the hardware that ReBirth mimics, which is likely the reason it is now cracking down on rivals.

Roland did not respond to a request for comment.


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