Christopher Laird Simmons

Christopher Simmons

Christopher Laird Simmons has been a working journalist since his first magazine sale in 1984. He has since written for wide variety of print and online publications covering lifestyle, tech and entertainment. He is an award-winning author, designer, photographer, and musician. He is a member of ASCAP and PRSA. He is the founder and CEO of Neotrope®, based in Temecula, CA, USA.


  1. Avatar photo james lott
    Jan 14, 2010 @ 6:04 PM PST

    this shoulld put roland way ahead of competition for live musicians a definite all in one keyboard talking about vr700 I’ve been waiting for just such a keyboard

  2. Avatar photo John Aubey
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 11:43 PM PDT

    The Roland’s VR 700 is the kind of keyboard I’ve always wanted. I just received mine a couple of months ago and am getting fairly used to it. It’s got every sound I’ve ever wanted in a keyboard but the only 2 things that I don’t like about it is:

    1. STRINGS. I’ve played with all the available strings on it but have just not found the String Ensemble that I’m looking for. I’ve previously played a Yamaha DX-7 and it had the best strings (after I tweeked it a bit) that I liked. I wish I had similar tweeking abilities on the VR 700.

    2. THE WEIGHT – 35 lbs……I find it a bit heavy to lug around from gig to gig.