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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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Top Features of the Roland FP-30 Digital Piano

The Roland FP-30 Digital Piano is the latest innovation to come from Roland’s line of digital pianos. The instrument offers Roland’s acclaimed sound, feel and modern features while maintaining a light and compact design that fits everyone from the traveling musician to the classroom teacher. If you don’t have the space or budget for a…

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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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The New Ground Breaking Roland Piano Designer App

Let me begin by stating the obvious – there will always be those who believe that the only acceptable piano is an acoustic piano, regardless of how good digital pianos become. And nearly all of the people who embrace digital pianos have their own personal and highly subjective opinions about what constitutes a ‘good’ piano….

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Which one do I buy? FA-06 vs VR-09

Roland has two keyboard instruments that are just over the $1000 mark, the FA-06 Workstation and VR-09 Live Performance Synthesizer.  I’ve had a number of keyboardists say that they were torn between the two and ask which instrument they should buy.  In this post, I figured I would compare the two and give you some…

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How To Get The Most From Your Roland RD-800

Your Roland RD-800 Stage Piano is at home. And you love it. But now, you’re ready to do more. We’ve received a lot of questions about taking your RD-800 to the next level, such as: “How do I layer tones?” “How can I create the perfect acoustic piano sound on my RD-800?” “How can I…

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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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Musician of the Month – Bob Silversides

Born in Winnipeg, Bob started playing piano when he was 13 years old.  At the time, the only portable instruments available were the Vox Continental Organ and Farfisa portable organ, which were very expensive. With a little ingenuity, the bass player in Bob’s first band, Rick and the Ravens, was able to cut down a…

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Updates for the Roland FP Series Pianos Now Available!

As of December 9th, 2013, there is a user installable firmware update available for the class leading Roland FP Series pianos. Version 1.10 adds 3 major user requested functions to both the FP-50 and FP-80 Pianos. The new functions include: A great organ sound requires control over the Rotary Speaker effect. Now you can control…

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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…