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- 1st May 2017
Can Music Education Enhance Brain Functioning and Academic Learning?
Discovering a Link between the Brain and Music
- 1st May 2017
CITES New Rosewood & African Blackwood Regulations
This affects us ALL – find out what you must know
- 29th April 2017
SEVEN MORE HIDDEN FEATURES OF THE ROLAND BOUTIQUES
Introduced in 2016 to much excitement and acclaim, Roland’s Boutique modules have won hearts and minds. The Boutique series use Roland’s ACB technology to recreate classic, rare (and now, expensive!) Roland synthesizers and drum machines at an affordable price, in a small, modular format.
- 26th April 2017
FROM STUDIO TO STAGE: THE ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO GIGGING
Making the transition from the warm, cosy confines of the home studio to the intimidating, unpredictable and risky public exposure of the live arena can be a real challenge.
- 22nd April 2017
TR-8 AND EFFECTS – PART 1: ONBOARD EFFECTS
Effects are a great way to expand the sounds of your drum machines. While you may never get tired of the classic sound of Roland drum machines, adding effects can take your rhythms to new and exciting places. There are plenty of ways to get the most out of your TR-8.
- 16th April 2017
USING YOUR ROLAND BOUTIQUE WITH ABLETON LIVE
Maybe you’ve always wanted a Jupiter-8 style pad, a TR-909 sounding kick or a gritty TR-303 bass line in your music, but an original model isn’t an option and you don’t want to rely on soft synths.
- 15th April 2017
TR-09 VS. TR-8
With the number of instruments now available which celebrate Roland’s strong history of drum machines, you could be excused for thinking that these products all do the same thing.
- 12th April 2017
ESSENTIAL SYNTH TUTORIALS: PART 2
Synthesizers are amazing instruments that allow musicians to shape sound into almost endless possibilities. This enormous potential can seem overwhelming at first. However, once learned, the knowledge of signal flow and subtractive synthesis can be transferred from one instrument to the next.
- 10th April 2017
Learn how to set up unison technology with your apollo interface
Everything you wanted to know about UA's groundbreaking preamp modelling technology but were afraid to ask.
- 6th April 2017
HOW TO CREATE DRUMS ON THE JD-XA
The Roland JD-XA is a crossover synth with four analog and four digital voices. It looks similar to the Roland JD-Xi Interactive Analog/Digital Crossover Synthesizer, but they are two very different instruments. The JD-Xi is an all-in-one groove machine with two digital voices, one analog voice and drums. The JD-XA; however, is a synthesis powerhouse that can layer a wide variety of digital and analog sounds.
- 1st April 2017
TB-03 vs. TB-3
With the recent release of the Roland Boutique TB-03 bassline sequencer, you might wonder what’s happening with the AIRA TB-3. Both are based on the legendary, “acid sound” defining Roland TB-303, right?
- 18th March 2017
V-Combo VR-09 – Made for Live Playing
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.