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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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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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Roland MX-1 Bonus Features

At its core, the Roland MX-1 Mix Performer is a great mixer with built-in effects and controls that are excellent for both live performance and studio use. It is an 18 channel audio device, and the effects can be sequenced using TR-style buttons. These features alone make it a good value for the price; however,…

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Overview of the AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer

A new addition to the AIRA line was unveiled at NAMM — the new Roland AIRA MX-1 Mix Performer! The MX-1 is much more than just a mixer. It’s a performance-oriented musical instrument designed to be the nerve center of your electronic rig. Check out the infographic below to see what really sets the MX-1 apart from other mixers out there!

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The Roland Mobile UA Explained

Anyone who’s serious about audio quality will certainly want to experience Roland’s Mobile UA Audio Interface.  The Mobile UA is currently the smallest audio interface in the world to utilize the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) audio format. Its sole purpose is to produce the most accurate audio possible out of your computer no matter where…

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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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3 Uses for the Roland HS-5 Session Mixer

The Roland HS-5 Session Mixer may very well be the answer to many of your band’s musical dilemmas. Whether you are rehearsing with your band in your basement, recording in the studio, or performing live on stage, the HS-5 has some very useful features that bring your musical experience over the top. First and foremost,…

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Justifying the Keyboard Workstation

It may be hard to see the need for a keyboard workstation these days, as the computer is rapidly taking over the music creation workflow. But the new FA-Series Workstations from Roland (FA-06 and FA-08) give a simple reason to their existence: they allow you to get musical ideas down quickly and easily. This is…

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Roland Christmas Gift Guide

Are you still stumped on what to get the musician in your life? We at Roland Canada want to help you out during this crazy time of year with some helpful hints on what to get the rock stars on your Christmas list. Follow the links for more information on the products listed: Roland VE-5…