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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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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…

  Artists

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,…

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A Chat with Jessica Beach

Jessica’s connection to music started at a young age, “A church down the street from our house had an old piano in their basement they were giving away. My dad put it in the garage and refinished it. I started playing it when I was 4.” Ultimately it allowed her to channel her creative energy…

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A Chat with Bodhi Jones

Singer-songwriter, Bodhi Jones, discovered his passion for music from a young age and has developed his own unique brand of Alt-pop-Acoustic-rock over the years. Hailing from Saltspring Island, BC, Bodhi has been an active part of the west coast music scene since 2005. He’s recorded five Eps, three full length albums, and sold over 30,000 copies…

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A Chat with Phil Western

For decades, the Pacific Northwest has been a cradle for fostering some of the more interesting players in the various electronic music scenes. Vancouver’s Phil Western has been an integral part of that ecosystem. Having started his career as a drummer and eventually as a programmer, Phil became a remix engineer starting in the mid-1990s. After…