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    V-Combo VR-09 – Made for Live Playing

    Posted by NZ Rockshop on 18 March 2014

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    5 Practical Features of the V-Combo VR-09 V-Combo VR-09 The V-Combo VR-09 is designed from the ground up to be the ultimate keyboard for live players. It is designed with dedicated knobs, sliders and buttons that allow you to choose your instruments and also shape sounds quickly and painless without having to dig into menus. In the following videos our resident synth ninja,Ed Diaz dives into the VR-09’s synth section, splits, layers, piano, organ, drums and on board looper. Questions about a Ro...

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    Gig Smarter, Pack Lighter With The Roland RD-64 Digital Piano

    Posted by NZ Rockshop on 18 March 2014

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    Gig Smarter, Pack Lighter With The Roland RD-64 Digital Piano This article, contributed by Ed Diaz from Roland U.S, has this tip on why you should consider the Roland RD-64 Digital Piano: The best travel advice also applies to gigging. Gig smart, pack a light piano. For the longest time before accepting a piano gig, there were always three thoughts that looped in my head over and over again—one, the weight of my stage piano; two, the size of my stage piano; and three, the trade-off of substi...

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    Novation Bass Station II Review

    Posted by NZ Rockshop on 16 January 2014

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    BASS STATION II  REVIEW BY SEAN COOPER First off lets just get one thing clear. The Bass Station 2 could be classed as a blue synth. I like blue synths. Always have. There have been some pretty killer blue synths over the years, of course the PPG Wave series springs to mind right away, as does the Oberhiem stuff and dare i say "The Raven". So with that said there comes a whole heap of expectations about what a blue synth should be. It takes a special kind of synth to take on the blue colour... ...

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    Kevin Field and his discovery of the RG3 Digital Grand

    Posted by on 18 September 2013

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    Kevin Field Jazz Pianist and his discovery of the RG3 Digital Grand Pianist and composer, Kevin Field, has always insisted on playing an acoustic grand piano for his gigs, until he discovered the Roland RG3 Digital Grand. Kevin Field has just released his third album called Field of Vision on the Warner Music label. In addition to his own recordings, Kevin has featured on over 30 albums of other artists including saxophonist Nathan Haines’ latest release The Poet’s Embrace and albums by artists...

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    Deryn Trainer on the Roland Jupiter-50 Synth

    Posted by on 18 September 2013

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    Deryn Trainer on the Jupiter-50 Synthesiser A professional pianist and music director for more than 20 years, Deryn has worked with some of the biggest and best entertainers from around the world and in New Zealand, including Kamahl, Sir Howard Morrison, Russell Watson, among others. Deryn was the winner of NZ’s ‘Stars intheir Eyes’ as the pianoman, Billy Joel. What was immediately useful on the Jupiter-50? For me it was the layout of the keyboard. Everything is where you would expect it to be....

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    Jacob Nanson on the Roland VR700

    Posted by on 17 September 2013

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    Jacob Nansen on the Roland VR700 Having had the privilege to music direct, play keys and share the stage with international and local artist such as P Money, The Black Eyed Peas, Stan Walker, Kimbra, Scribe, Dane Rumble, Ben Lummis, Aaradhna, Eraka, J William, Vince Harder, Ria Hall, the Levites Session Band, Soljah, Fiji, the Spawnberries and Nysian Mystik to name a few. It is no wonder he is one of the most sought after session musicians locally and internationally. Recently Jakes played the ...

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    Jeremy Toy on the Moog Slim Phatty

    Posted by on 17 September 2013

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    Jeremy Toy Moog Slim Phatty Review Jeremy Toy is a musician/producer from Auckland. He is a ‘Tui’ award winning producer whose work (engineering, album production or session playing) is featured on recordings with artists such as Opensouls, Tyra Hammond, David Dallas, Hollie Smith, Liam Finn, Ladi6, Julien Dyne, Mel Parsons and  The Sami Sisters. Jeremy is currently working on a sophomore album for his band She’s So Rad. “I was never worried that synthesizers would replace musicians. First of a...

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    Moog Sub Phatty Review by Dick "Magik" Johnson

    Posted by on 18 July 2013

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    Moog Sub Phatty REVIEW BY DICK 'MAGIK' JOHNSONFEATURED IN THE JUNE - AUGUST EDITION OF ROCKSHOP GEARFrom late 80’ Manchester clubs heaving to the sounds of  The Happy Mondays, New Order and The Smiths, to the peaceful Auckland suburbs chirping with the sounds of native New Zealand birds, DJ/Producer Dick ‘Magik’ Johnson’s life has been a journey in sound. Since making the move from England to New Zealand in the early 2000s, Magik has made himself at home down under, although his heavy production...

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    Laboratory Tests of the Casio XW-P1

    Posted by Rockshop on 1 July 2013

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    Laboratory Tests of the Casio XW-P1 by Carvin Knowles Back in the 1980s, Casio released a true synthesizer, the CZ1000, along with a few other members of the CZ series. They were positioned as entry-level synths, but they were so good that they showed up in the A-Frame keyboard stands of many a major act. Then came FM synthesis and the sampling revolution and the Casio synthesizer disappeared. Until about a year ago. The XW-P1 (and it's sister-synth the XW-G1) is Casio's first new synthesizer i...

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    Piano & Keyboard Cleaning

    Posted by on 11 August 2011

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    :: Piano and Keyboard Cleaning :: Whilst it's not the most exciting blog topic in the world, one of the most frequently asked questions is : "How do I polish or clean my piano/keyboard?" And it's a good question too, because there are few things to be aware of especially with upright/grand acoustic pianos due to the types of finishes that they can have. You will notice that we haven't recommended any specific products below, this is because we don't want someone to skim read the blog, or have a...

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