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Vocoders Explained

  History The vocoder was developed in 1928 by Bell Labs, and first demonstrated in 1939 at the New York World’s Fair. Its intended use was to reduce the bandwidth of voice information, allowing it to be transferred across further distances. However, the voice reproduction of these early systems were not great and they were never used for this purpose. However, they were used to send encoded messages during the second world war.   [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLKEnvsEFz8[/embedyt]   How it Works A vocoder works by analysing the sound of a modulator signal, which is usually a human voice. The modulator signal…

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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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Top 15 Roland Releases of ’15

As we gear up for an exciting 2016, check out our most popular releases of 2015. What were your favourite releases this past year?15. 

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Musician of the Month – Ydna Murd

Ydna Murd (which is Andy Drum backwards!) is a specialist in live Drum and Bass drumming. He is a performer, teacher, author and producer with extensive international touring experience under his belt.  Ydna started playing drums in 1982, living and working in Hamburg, Germany before moving to Victoria B.C. Canada in 2005. Ydna ventured into…

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Introducing Roland Canada TRIBES! Voici les Roland Canada TRIBES!

En Français Roland Canada is pleased to introduce you to Roland Canada TRIBES! Roland Canada TRIBES is a collection of online communities where Canadian Roland & BOSS fans gather to talk about the music they’re making (and listening to!) and get expert advice on the gear they own or are thinking of buying. TRIBES include…

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Roland Drivers for Windows 8.1 and OSX 10.9 Mavericks – Ready now!

Roland products, such as our current Capture Series USB Audio Interfaces, are known for their incredibly stable drivers.  All Roland products are designed to achieve peak performance – computer drivers simply are part of the package and perform just as well. In case you haven’t heard, Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 was released earlier this month, while…

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Musikmesse – Perspective of the New Guy

Well, I must say now that my visit to the Frankfurt Musikmesse is over, what a treat it was!  I’ve been to many NAMM shows in California which is super exciting as well, but Musikmesse is an entirely different experience.  First of all, the show is enormous!  The show guide indicates seven halls, each of…

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Paul’s Going to Musikmesse – Day 2

One of the great things about working for Roland is that I get to spend time with amazing engineers and product specialists from all over the world. Hang with this crowd long enough and you start to learn about some incredible things our instruments can do, which may not be immediately obvious at first glance…

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Getting Ready for the V-Drums World Championship!

Hi, Darren here from Roland Canada. I’m here at Musikmesse with our Canadian V-Drums Champion Issah Contractor, as he gets ready to hit the stage here in Frankfurt for the title of V-Drums World Champion! The first day of Musikmesse and the V-Drums World Championship prep was thrilling!  The day started out at a meeting with…

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10 Reasons to show up early on Saturday at the Montreal Drum Fest!

To see the amazing Tony Royster perform on a V-Drums Kit! There’s a rumour a very special surprise guest is going to make an appearance. Watch the top 2 drummers in Canada battle for the V-Drums Contest. Pick your favorite drummer. See the most amazing and intense creativity ever played on a drum kit. Get…

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Roland V-Drums Contest Winners!

The Roland V-Drums Contest is now in its fourth year, and every year we are so impressed by the amazingly talented drummers that audition! The contest is divided into two groups: Junior (13-17) and Senior (18 and up). Drummers from across the country compete for some pretty awesome prizes (if we do say so ourselves!). …