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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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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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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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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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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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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 – Sébastien Plante

“I’m the front man and lead singer for the band Les Respectables, and have been for more than 23 years now. Our brand new single Cette Fille has just reached the #1 spot on all charts across Québec!  So, we are on the verge of a nice BIG come-back and we cannot wait to go…

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What Roland CUBE Guitar Amplifier Is For You?

There is a Roland CUBE guitar amp for every guitarist, with over 2 million amplifiers sold since 1978. So what CUBE is the one for you? Choosing a guitar amp can be a daunting task. There are so many amplifiers to choose from; different sizes, speakers, power output, channels, effects… there is a lot to…