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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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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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How I used a Roland TR-8 and Effectors as Drums – Robbie Grunwald

Contributed by Canadian musician Robbie Grunwald for Roland Canada This past summer my band DoubleTooth was asked to be a part of the Dusk Dances festival (Aug 1 – 7, 2016).  This festival has been going on for over 20 years;  it takes place in parks in cities around Canada every summer and involves 4…

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ES-8 Effects Switcher and DD-500 Delay Explained by Guitarist Sef

Sef, the lead guitarist for the Canadian alternative band, Your Favourite Enemies, is a pedal fanatic. His board is loaded with a massive selection of stompboxes, which he blends together in highly creative ways to craft his diverse guitar textures. Sef recently replaced a simpler effects switcher with the BOSS ES-8, and he was blown away by all the amazing things he…

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Robbie Grunwald: My Time at Hillside Festival

Hillside is a truly special little bubble that has few parallels in the world of summer folk festivals. This past July, I had the pleasure of playing the Hillside Festival for the first time in my 10 plus years of being a professional touring musician. I can’t believe it has taken this long for me to…

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Toronto duo Darcys on gear, influences and how they met

  Darcys on the Roland JU-06 Sound Module   Darcys on the BOSS RE-20 Space Echo & BC-1X Bass Comp   Darcys on the Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad   Darcys on the BOSS VO-1 Vocoder   Darcys on the Roland JC-40 Jazz Chorus Guitar Amplifier

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Gear Talk with Toronto Producers

We caught up with some of Toronto’s most progressive musicians to talk about how gear and technology influences their music. Check out their answers below. How does technology influence your writing process? Keita Juma: It is the beginning, its starts with what program or equipment I’m going to use, and I choose that based on what…

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Joanne Pollock: Why I Love My Juno-106

I fell in love with the JUNO-106 while working on the first Poemss album. At the time I was relatively new to using synthesizers, and I gravitated toward it initially because it was easy to use, and not at all intimidating. (As is the way with most keyboard synths from that time, all the parameters…

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Marc Houle’s Custom TR-64

Raised adjacent to Detroit in Windsor, Ontario, in the same fertile music community that spawned his former label boss and mentor Richie Hawtin, Marc Houle’s obsession with electronic sounds goes back to the noise of ’80s video games and vintage synthesizers. And while too many electronic artists use their machines as merely tools of convenience,…