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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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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…

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How to Create Drums on the JD-XA

The Roland JD-XA is a crossover synth with four analog and four digital voices. It looks similar to the Roland JD-Xi Interactive Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer, but they are two very different instruments. The JD-Xi is an all-in-one groove machine with two digital voices, one analog voice and drums. The JD-XA; however, is a synthesis powerhouse…

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Get a FREE SH-2 Plug-Out Synth with Purchase

During the month of June, purchase a SYSTEM-1 or SYSTEM-1m and receive a FREE SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer. The SH-2 PLUG-OUT Software Synthesizer is a total reproduction of the classic SH-2 Synthesizer from 1979. Renowned for its raw vintage tone, the SH-2’s dual VCO plus sub oscillator configuration dishes out devastatingly fat basses, edgy leads, and wild…

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Win a BOSS BCB-60!

To enter, simply follow these instructions: Follow @RolandCanada on Instagram Instagram a photo of your BOSS Delay and tag it with #BOSSDELAY   You will automatically be entered and your Instagram photo will be displayed in the gallery viewable here! If you don’t yet have a BOSS Delay Pedal – Check out ca.boss.info/delay to find great deals and…

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History of BOSS Delay Pedals

Just a few of the many BOSS delay pedals through the years. Spanning the last four decades, BOSS has created well over 100 different types of effects pedals, and each one delivers both colorful sounds and colorful looks. Among them are everyday guitar staples like overdrive, distortion, and reverb, as well as unique effects like Slow…

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Top 3 Tips: A-01 Controller+Generator

The Roland A-01 Controller+Generator is the ultimate controller to add to any music production set up. It is your one-stop controller and generator solution – it offers the flexibility to drive all your MIDI and CV/GATE-equipped analog gear, plus the ability to connect to a huge range of music-making apps, not to mention it is portable and…

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Triggering New Sounds with Drummer Aaron Edgar

“…using hybrid acoustic / electronic drum sets allows you to bring a nearly infinite sonic pallet to the table!”   I remember the first time I plugged one of my RT-30HR triggers into my TM-2. I put it on my snare drum, put my headphones on and started to play. What I heard was my…

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Last Week for your FREE Pedal Juice

Until April 30th, purchase a BOSS BD-2W, SD-1W, BB-1X, RC-1, or TU-3 pedal and receive a FREE Sanyo Pedal Juice. Equipped with eneloop rechargeable lithium-ion battery technology, the Sanyo Pedal Juice provides stable, long-lasting 9-volt power for analog and digital effects and other electronic music gear. Compact and rugged, the unit offers up to 50…