Sampling their synths does breach copyright, and they do have lawyers sending cease and desist notices.
I find this somewhat interesting (and amusing) because it brings up the question: Where do you draw the line?
Let’s assume we skip the “buy the presets on eBay” step and directly sample a Roland hardware synth via Redmatica.
OK…so now you play the samples inside of Kontakt or Halion (or whatever) as part of a Project, mix it, publish it and make money.
In context, you’ve used their sounds and published your song for profit. Does anyone expect Roland to come after you for that? Is the line drawn at publishing a song that contains music created using one of their synths? Or is the line drawn at recording one of their synths, adding a sampler program preset file and selling it for profit?
Not to be too nitpicky….but there isn’t really much of a difference between the two publications, both physically and regarding intent: publication of sound for profit. And where is line drawn on performance? Does it start at the point where the programmer created the sound or where it was used in a secondary performance using the keyboard as a musical instrument? Once they include those sounds on a commercial musical instrument for sale, they lose the right to performance rights.
It’s not as though you’d be encroaching sales of a D-50 these days. If Roland does indeed go after these guys, I can only imaging asking their legal department: “What’s the matter boys….slow day?”
Just thinking out loud on the Internet.