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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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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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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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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,…