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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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An Interview with Daniel Lanois

Interview with Canadian record producer, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Daniel Lanois Hey Daniel, let’s jump right into it. Your latest album ‘Goodbye to Language’ is out now with Rocco Deluca – can you tell us a bit about the inspiration behind the album, the artwork and the title? The inspiration was a duality I had…

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A Deeper Look at the Roland SYSTEM-8 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer

The Roland SYSTEM-8 PLUG-OUT Synthesizer, with its large variety of sound design capabilities, can be used for many different roles in live performance situations and studio set ups.  The multitimbral nature of it allows musicians to design layered patches or to be inventive with keyboard splits as well as separate sequencers for each part.  The…

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How I Used Roland Noise Eaters – Gary Steeves

Contributed by Canadian musician Gary Steeves for Roland Canada I’ve been using Roland V-Drums since I bought my Roland TD-12 about seven years ago.  I had used other electronic drums before this, but I was starting to play more jazz and needed electronic drums with better sensitivity and feel.  When I bought the TD-12, I…

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Dánae Olano Live at Roland Canada

Dánae Olano performed at our Roland Inspiration Centre in Toronto for an evening of Afro Cuban Piano. A pianist and composer, Dánae has won several awards at festivals and piano contests and is a member of the band Maqueque, directed by saxophinst and composer Jane Bunnett. Born in 1992 in Havana, Cuba, Dánae began her…

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THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE AIRA MX-1

The humble mixer has long played a significant part in music creation and performance. Dub music for instance, was pivotal in moving the mixing console to centre stage, where it became an instrument in itself. Dub music showed the world the wondrous possibilities and creative power of the mixing desk, demonstrating that it could be used…

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SYNTH BASS FOR BASS PLAYERS – PART 1

In today’s music world, the vast influence of EDM and other electronic styles has crept into the fabric of nearly every popular genre. The core of EDM is a driving rhythm groove, with the low end held down by synthesizer bass. To cover this essential sound, traditional bass players are now called upon more and…

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BOSS SY-300 GUITAR SYNTHESIZER VS. ROLAND GR-55 GUITAR SYNTHESIZER

For over 35 years, Roland guitar synthesizers have provided guitar and bass players with the means to coax astonishing sounds from their instruments. There’s something special about seeing a musician wielding a guitar which can unleash the sound of a full orchestra, a percussion ensemble, a sequenced trip-hop bass line, a piano concerto, or a…

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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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HOW TO INTEGRATE MULTIPLE DEVICES ON YOUR MAC

Often when using Roland AIRA gear in the studio, the best way to incorporate it into your setup is to use the built-in audio and MIDI interface. However, what if you have another interface that you’re using for your mic input and have it connected to your monitors? Or what if you have multiple AIRA…

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WHY DO I NEED AN ACOUSTIC AMP?

In recent years, we’ve seen a huge boom of popularity in acoustic guitars. Because of this, it should come as no surprise that we’ve also seen a surge of popularity towards acoustic amplification. Acoustic amps cater to the needs of players wishing to amplify the sound of their prized acoustic guitar. They are used either…