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Essential Synth Tutorials: Part 2

Synthesizers are amazing instruments that allow musicians to shape sound into almost endless possibilities. This enormous potential can seem overwhelming at first. However, once learned, the knowledge of signal flow and subtractive synthesis can be transferred from one instrument to the next. We recently posted 7 Essential Synth Tutorials to help you start to craft your own sounds. Below are seven more tutorials that will help you get a jump start on crafting your own custom sounds. The examples are shown on a JD-XA, but they can be created using almost any subtractive synthesizer. Riser Effect The riser effect is…

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Joanne Pollock: Why I Love My Juno-106

I fell in love with the JUNO-106 while working on the first Poemss album. At the time I was relatively new to using synthesizers, and I gravitated toward it initially because it was easy to use, and not at all intimidating. (As is the way with most keyboard synths from that time, all the parameters…

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BOSS Tuners: A Lesson in Fine-Tuning

If you’re a musician, and have been around for a while, chances are you’ve seen or owned a BOSS Tuner. Maybe you’ve come across one of their pocket tuners or perhaps you’re that guitarist who starts its effects chain with one of their classic white stompboxes (which might even be the most important piece of…

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INSIDE A GUITAR AMPLIFIER – PART. 2

In our previous article (see Inside a Guitar Amplifier Part 1), we learnt that guitar amplifiers, no matter how complex, consist of three parts. These are the preamp, a power amp and a speaker.   While this basic design holds true for all guitar amplifiers since their origin, a number of key design innovations have…

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INSIDE A GUITAR AMPLIFIER – PART. 1

Guitar amplifiers are unique in the world of music. Generally, an electronic audio amplifier will be a device that makes a source signal louder. Electric guitar amplifiers however, are capable of so much more. Guitar amplifiers imprint their own sonic signatures onto a player’s sound and significantly alter the way that the guitar actually feels…

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ROLAND DRUM MACHINE HISTORY: 1964 – 2016

In 1960, Ikutaro Kakehashi founded the company Ace Electronic Industries, Inc. At the time, Kakehashi was a young inventor with a passion for electronics, experimentation and music. Over the years, he tried his hand at creating various electronic instruments – from organs and guitar amplifiers, to the Theremin and the Ondes Martenot. However, it wasn’t…

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How to Order Your Effects Chain: It’s Easy With Multi Effects

So you’re a beginner electric guitar player, you’ve found a guitar and an amplifier that you like. They sound great together but now you really want to wail like David Gilmour, play with delay like The Edge or dream up your own signature tone. Just your guitar and amp won’t cut it; the next step…

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Ultimate Guide: AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer

The AIRA TR-8 is the next step in the evolution of Roland TR- drum machines. This ultimate guide has everything you need to know about the TR-8! Unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in the 1980s, the TR-808 and TR-909 produce arguably the most influential drum sounds in modern music. Not only have they appeared on…

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GUITAR FX-101: GUIDE TO GUITAR EFFECTS PEDALS

Do you know your Flangers from your Phasers? How about the difference between a Vibrato and a Tremolo? This FX-101 is a resource that categorises and explains common guitar effects to find the tone you need. Contributed by David Jiang for the Roland Australia Blog A – ACOUSTIC SIMULATOR C – CHORUS, COMPRESSION/SUSTAIN D –…

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Hybrid Drumming: Everything You Need to Know

New Wave, synthpop, hip-hop, house, electro, pop… The late ’70s and early ’80s produced swathes of classic music. Music technology, recording processes, the microchip and the synth all gave rise to new music – and new ways of approaching it. However, it was also an unnerving time for drummers, as while the acoustic drum kit…

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7 Essential Synth Tutorials

The real power of a synthesizer is its ability to craft and control the sound, allowing musicians to create their own custom tones. Synthesizers can seem overwhelming at first, but most have similar controls and follow the same signal flow. This allows synthesis knowledge to be transferred between instruments. Below are seven tutorials that will…