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Buffy Sainte-Marie visits Roland Inspiration Centre

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming the legendary singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie to our Roland Inspiration Centre in Toronto. Buffy Sainte-Marie’s bold new album, Power in the Blood, begins where it all started more than 50 years ago, with a contemporary version of “It’s My Way,” the title track of her 1964 debut. Its message, about the road to self-identity and the conviction to be oneself, still resonates with the Cree singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist, and winner of countless awards (Oscar, Juno, and Golden Globe, among them). Check out our interview with Buffy below where we asked about her creative…

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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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How to Order Your Effects Chain: It’s Easy With Multi Effects

So you’re a beginner electric guitar player, you’ve found a guitar and an amplifier that you like. They sound great together but now you really want to wail like David Gilmour, play with delay like The Edge or dream up your own signature tone. Just your guitar and amp won’t cut it; the next step…

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Ultimate Guide: AIRA TR-8 Rhythm Performer

The AIRA TR-8 is the next step in the evolution of Roland TR- drum machines. This ultimate guide has everything you need to know about the TR-8! Unleashed upon an unsuspecting world in the 1980s, the TR-808 and TR-909 produce arguably the most influential drum sounds in modern music. Not only have they appeared on…

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Triggering New Sounds with Drummer Aaron Edgar

“…using hybrid acoustic / electronic drum sets allows you to bring a nearly infinite sonic pallet to the table!”   I remember the first time I plugged one of my RT-30HR triggers into my TM-2. I put it on my snare drum, put my headphones on and started to play. What I heard was my…

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7 Useful Patches for the AIRA Effector Modules

The AIRA Effector Modules are extremely versatile tools that have a lot to add to any modular rig. Using the AIRA Modular Customizer, they can be reconfigured to perform an almost infinite variety of functions. There are 31 different modules to choose from, including oscillators, envelopes, filters, delay and more. Here are some useful patches…

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Modular Synth FAQ

Modular synthesis has grown in popularity over the past few years. The flexibility of a modular system allows for the creation of complex and dynamic sounds that aren’t achievable on most subtractive synthesizers. However, the flexibility can also add confusion. Below are some common questions that beginners might have when exploring modular synthesis with the…

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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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Guide to Building the Ultimate Hybrid Drums Kit

Are you bored with your acoustic sound? Ever thought about building a Hybrid Drum kit? The sky is the limit when you’re using Hybrid Drums! Hybrid Drums take the raw power of acoustic drums, adds the limitless potential of electronics, and gives you a drum kit that gives you the best of both worlds. Check out…

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Beginner’s Guide To Creating Your Own Hybrid Kit

Branching from an acoustic kit to an electronic kit may seem like a daunting task. Modules, sample pads, triggers – where do you start? There are several ways you can make the leap from an acoustic kit to an electronic kit, but if you are just looking to stick your toe in the water before…

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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…