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Guitar FX-101: Your 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 INDEX A – ACOUSTIC SIMULATOR C – CHORUS, COMPRESSION/SUSTAIN D – DELAY, DISTORTION E – EQ F – FUZZ, FLANGER G – GATE H – HARMONISER L – LOOPER O – OVERDRIVE, OCTAVE/PITCH SHIFT P – PHASER R – REVERB, ROTARY S – SLICER, SLOW GEAR, SWITCHER, SYNTHESIZER T – TREMOLO, TUNER V – VIBRATO,…

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Getting Big Guitar Sounds At Small Gigs

Paul White, editor-in-chief of Sound on Sound magazine, shares his tips for getting a big guitar sound even when you’re playing in a small venue… I’ve been to a lot of gigs where some really good guitar playing has been let down by a frankly dreadful guitar sound. However, it is relatively simple to achieve…

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The Ultimate Guide To The SYSTEM-1 Plug-Out Synthesizer

In 1973, Roland released the SH-1000 synthesizer that would set off a journey that continues to this day. Analog monosynths evolved into multi-oscillator modular synthesizers that shifted into the golden age of polyphonic analog synthesizers. The 80’s saw the birth of digital synthesizers with Roland pushing the envelope of digital synthesizer design that evolved into…

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Connecting A Digital Piano To A Computer

While many digital pianos have built-in tools for learning and making music, you can expand your possibilities even further through your PC. A digital piano can be easily connected to your Windows or Mac computer opening up a universe of music education, composition, and recording software to explore. Contributed by Roland UK One of the…

  Buying Guides

The Roland Blues Cube Range Explained

Since the 2014 release of the Blues Cube amplifiers, Roland have been quietly changing the guitar world – turning traditional values on their head by producing a unique high-tech amplifier that delivers authentic vintage tone, feel and touch sensitivity comparable to the classic tube amplifier. With the fast rise in number of cheap tube amps,…

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Modular Synth Mayhem; Behind The Scenes Of Quantum Break

Petri Alanko has your dream job. As producer, composer and sound designer for the world’s best video games, he’s scored music and created the atmosphere for a diverse range of games including Alan Wake, Trials Fusion, MotoHeroz and Death Rally. In 2016, you’ll be hearing Petri’s latest work as you blast through the hotly anticipated…

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Do You Want Killer Backing Tracks for Your Looper?

You have just finished recording a new song with a great multi-synth backing track that you’d really love to perform live. Sure you could hire an army of synth players every time you’re booked but that’d get very expensive very quickly. Your best bet is to get your recording engineer to give you a copy…

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How To Get FREE Patches and Loops at BOSS Tone Central

BOSS Tone Central is an online library of free, downloadable content made available for users of selected BOSS Multi Effects, Synthesizers and Loop Stations* By connecting to BOSS Tone Central (BTC), users have immediate access to an entire portfolio of professionally crafted content including: Multi-effects patches designed to replicate guitar tones from well-known songs Workhorse…

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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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Guitar FX-101: Your 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