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 Jim C
    Aug 30, 2009 @ 6:07 PM PDT

    Just got my AX Synth. LOVE IT!! But I need a case for it. You would think Roland would make cases for a keyboard that you carry like a guitar.

  2. Avatar photo admin
    Aug 30, 2009 @ 7:29 PM PDT

    Reply from Christopher Simmons:

    Hey Jim C
    according to my rep at Sweetwater, Gator will have a case very shortly for the AX-Synth. I was hoping Roland would have a guitar-stand for it, too, so you could lean it on something. I got mine on Friday, too, and it’s very cool. So much better than the prior keytar they did. 🙂 -Christopher

  3. Avatar photo Liam
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 2:44 AM PST

    I just hit the rehersal studio with the Ax and I LOVED IT! I was waiting out front for the boys and since they don’t have a case for it yet people could see it clearly on my shoulder and they couldn’t stop staring. But this time they didn’t have a smirk on their face like they just said, “Look at the goofball from Duran Duran”, but instead like “WoW! That is so sick it’s dangerous!”.

    But I agree, I need a stand so I can put it down on stage. And being the leadsinger means I get to be front stage the entire time and can stop walking to the back to do the keyboard work for half the songs. PLUS I now play keys in EVERY Song. My Ax is so versitile I can just choose the right sound ad play along

  4. Avatar photo John
    Dec 11, 2009 @ 1:44 PM PST

    I too got my ax synth and love it!… I am a bass player and wanted to be able to play some synth bass lines. The problem is that Roland Canada says they don’t have a case for it. There are many U.S companies that are selling a “Roland” case for this synth but due to manufacturer rules and to protect the Canadian companies “that don’t sell it anyways” they won’t ship to Canada. I guess Roland thinks we are going to carry our synths in plastic bags to our gigs… Screw that! Until I get a case it’s not leaving my house… A message to Roland…. Absolutely Great product… Not having a case available EVERYWHERE you sell this product, very poor marketing…. Oh yes and a stand would be nice…
    Regards, JC