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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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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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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…

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Pedal Juice on the Fly

Written by Maurits Nienhuis for Roland Canada Have you ever set up your pedalboard only to find out there’s no power outlet at the front of the stage? Or, you’re ready to noodle on the couch but there’s no power socket nearby? Well, there’s a solution for that! For a limited time, BOSS is offering…

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BOSS Tuners: A Lesson in Fine-Tuning

If you’re a musician, and have been around for a while, chances are you’ve seen or owned a BOSS Tuner. Maybe you’ve come across one of their pocket tuners or perhaps you’re that guitarist who starts its effects chain with one of their classic white stompboxes (which might even be the most important piece of…

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GUITAR FX-101: GUIDE TO GUITAR EFFECTS PEDALS

Do you know your Flangers from your Phasers? How about the difference between a Vibrato and a Tremolo? This FX-101 is a resource that categorises and explains common guitar effects to find the tone you need. Contributed by David Jiang for the Roland Australia Blog A – ACOUSTIC SIMULATOR C – CHORUS, COMPRESSION/SUSTAIN D –…

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5 Reasons To Add the DM-2W to Your Pedalboard

Waza Craft DM-2W Delay from BOSS. For a long time, savvy guitar players have known about the special magic that the vintage BOSS DM-2 Delay brings to their sound. That’s why the long-discontinued pedal has fetched such high prices on the used market for two-plus decades now. With the Waza Craft DM-2W, the fabled stomp…

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Top Features of the Roland FP-30 Digital Piano

The Roland FP-30 Digital Piano is the latest innovation to come from Roland’s line of digital pianos. The instrument offers Roland’s acclaimed sound, feel and modern features while maintaining a light and compact design that fits everyone from the traveling musician to the classroom teacher. If you don’t have the space or budget for a…

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8 Things to Know About the SYSTEM-500 COMPLETE

The Roland SYSTEM-500 Complete is a fully analog recreation based on Roland’s classic SYSTEM-100M. The modules have been adjusted to conform to the Eurorack standard. Below is a list of some other enhancements and useful bits of information to help you get the most out of the modules. The SYSTEM-500 COMPLETE kit comes with all…

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EC-10 ELCajon: What is an ‘Electronic Layered’ Cajon?

One of the most basic and traditional percussion instruments is the cajon. Some people call it the “poor man’s drum kit”.  Basically, the cajon is a wooden box. It doesn’t get any simpler than sitting on a box and slapping it with bare hands.  In recent years, music has gone back to the basics with…