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Roland TB-03 and TR-09: A Classic Pair Resurrected

In the past few years we have seen a huge resurgence in both analog and digital hardware. Eurorack modular synthesizer systems have exploded in popularity and vintage synth prices have skyrocketed.  The tactile experience of using hardware instruments is drawing artists back to tabletops filled with drum machines and synthesizers.   The original Roland TB-303 Bass Line and Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer were a combo that contributed largely to defining the Acid House sounds of the late '80s and early '90s.  They would often be used together live, giving the artist a hands-on workflow that some feel has been lacking…

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ES-8 Effects Switcher and DD-500 Delay Explained by Guitarist Sef

Sef, the lead guitarist for the Canadian alternative band, Your Favourite Enemies, is a pedal fanatic. His board is loaded with a massive selection of stompboxes, which he blends together in highly creative ways to craft his diverse guitar textures. Sef recently replaced a simpler effects switcher with the BOSS ES-8, and he was blown away by all the amazing things he…

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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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I Love Analog Delay But What Is A BBD?

Article Courtesy of Roland Australia. BOSS made the first analog delay stompbox back in 1981 with the much-revered, BOSS DM-2, followed by the DM-3 in 1984. At the heart of the pedal is an integrated circuit chip that has fuelled pages of internet-chatter on “Which BBD is Best?”. As this article points out, there is much more to…

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How Long Are Your Cables?

Article courtesy of Roland US. This article is intended to clarify a topic that is often surrounded by misinformation. Our intention is to present the facts and help the reader make informed decisions about using buffered and true bypass pedals, and to achieve the best tone.       Tone matters. To guitar players, it’s…

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Amp Up Your Ukulele

The ukulele, which has never lost its popularity since its introduction by Portuguese immigrants to Hawaii in the late 1800s, is a continual best seller in Canadian music stores. At Roland, we have several staff who play ukulele in many different styles and we realized that several of our new amplifiers are ideal for many…

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What the Heck is MDP?

We’ve had a lot of questions about MDP (Multi-Dimensional Processing), mostly “umm… what the heck is MDP?” So allow us to dispel the mystery that is MDP! MDP is the newest technology to come out in our BOSS Pedals, and is built-in to our recently released TE-2, MO-2 and DA-2. MDP is a way for…

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GR-55: How to Rock Out With Alternate Patches

Recently, we received a call from the owner of a GK-equipped Stratocaster and a GR-09 guitar synth. He was interested in buying a GR-55 Guitar Synthesizer but didn’t like the factory presets and sent it back to the store (hate it when that happens!). It is not uncommon for players to want to program their…