Ikutaro Kakehashi, Founder of Roland, Passes Away At 87


Ikutaro Kakehashi, founder of Roland Corporation, has passed away at age 87.

Kakehashi founded Roland in 1972, in which he lead the company in creating some of your favorite synthesizers and drum machines like the TB-303, the TR-909, and TR-808.

The 808 went on to become an important element in the sounds of hip-hop and dance music.

Kakehashi also worked with audio engineer and Sequential Circuits president Dave Smith to help create the MIDI standard, which was released in 1983. Kakehashi and Smith both received Technical Grammy Awards in 2013 for their roles with the MIDI standard.

BeatStars sends it’s thoughts and prayers to Ikutaro Kakehashi’s family, friends and fans. Thank YOU, Ikutaro.