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Interview with Bramwell Tovey | Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

"The opportunity to play with other people is very important because I think we get too insular as piano students, too focused on ourselves" Bramwell stated, highlighting the importance of playing as an ensemble for piano students. GRAMMY® and Juno® award-winning conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey is the Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Artistic Adviser of the VSO School of Music. The school is a state-of-the-art facility and recital hall which opened in downtown Vancouver in 2011 next to the Orpheum, the VSO’s historic home. We sat down with Bramwell, during the rehearsal for the first ever Gala of…

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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…

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Win FREE tickets to the new movie Sing Street!

SING STREET takes us back to 1980s Dublin seen through the eyes of a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, while trying to adjust to his new inner-city public school where the kids are rough and the teachers…

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5 Reasons To Add the DM-2W to Your Pedalboard

Waza Craft DM-2W Delay from BOSS. For a long time, savvy guitar players have known about the special magic that the vintage BOSS DM-2 Delay brings to their sound. That’s why the long-discontinued pedal has fetched such high prices on the used market for two-plus decades now. With the Waza Craft DM-2W, the fabled stomp…

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7 Useful Patches for the AIRA Effector Modules

The AIRA Effector Modules are extremely versatile tools that have a lot to add to any modular rig. Using the AIRA Modular Customizer, they can be reconfigured to perform an almost infinite variety of functions. There are 31 different modules to choose from, including oscillators, envelopes, filters, delay and more. Here are some useful patches…