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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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GUIDE TO USING THE ROLAND DJ-808 WITH SERATO DJ

The Roland DJ-808 is an exceptionally powerful DJ performance instrument. Featuring an onboard TR sequencer, low latency platters and AIRA Link, the DJ-808 is set to truly take live DJ performances to the next level. However, the DJ-808 is only half of the equation. Without understanding Serato DJ software, you won’t be getting the most…

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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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What is Roland’s SBX-1 SYNC BOX?

Simply put, the Roland SBX-1 SYNC BOX is a master time keeper and translator for electronic musical instruments.  Like a coxswain to rowers in a boat, the SBX-1 can keep all connected instruments in extremely accurate time with each other.  Or like a personal translator between the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan, it can…

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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…