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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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How Well Do You Know Your V-Drums? Take The Challenge!

Do you know your Wackerman from your Bissonette? Your Collins from your Kelter? Take the V-Drums Quiz if you think you’ve got what it takes to get a 100%!

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10 Ways Guaranteed To Quickly Improve Your Music Production

Today, home recording equipment is both affordable and compact, but there’s more to making a good recording than simply hitting the big red button and then playing. We’ve put together a few tips to help you get the best out of your music production setup, regardless of whether you are using DAW recording software, an…

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Digital Sheet Music Guide

Trundling off to school each morning as a child with a heavy backpack slung over my shoulder, I’d often wonder…why am I carrying so many textbooks and folders!? How many of these will I really need today!? Will I even make it to school without collapsing from this load? Contributed by Mark van der Sluis…

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Inside A Guitar Amplifier – Part. 2

In our previous article (see Inside a Guitar Amplifier Part 1), we learnt that guitar amplifiers, no matter how complex, consist of three parts. These are the preamp, a power amp and a speaker.   While this basic design holds true for all guitar amplifiers since their origin, a number of key design innovations have…

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Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad vs Roland OCTAPAD SPD-30

Spend a little time loitering on the live circuit and pretty soon you’ll see a pro musician beating on two mysterious black boxes bearing the Roland logo. Both of these units sound equally awesome, creating mind-blowing sounds that drag percussion into a bold new dawn. They look kinda similar, too, with rubber pads, LEDs and…

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Inside A Guitar Amplifier – Part. 1

Guitar amplifiers are unique in the world of music. Generally, an electronic audio amplifier will be a device that makes a source signal louder. Electric guitar amplifiers however, are capable of so much more. Guitar amplifiers imprint their own sonic signatures onto a player’s sound and significantly alter the way that the guitar actually feels…

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Are You Wasting Money In Your Home Recording Studio?

Home studios are wonderful things, and other than the pleasure they give the user, they can also be expanded gradually to increase facilities and to improve quality. However, I’ve seen home recording studio owners spend alarming amounts of money on things that I know are going to make little or no difference, so how should…

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Roland Drum Machine Chronicle: 1964 – 2016

In 1960, Ikutaro Kakehashi founded the company Ace Electronic Industries, Inc. At the time, Kakehashi was a young inventor with a passion for electronics, experimentation and music. Over the years, he tried his hand at creating various electronic instruments – from organs and guitar amplifiers, to the Theremin and the Ondes Martenot. However, it wasn’t…

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How Well Do You Know Your Boss Pedal Colours?

It’s pretty hard to find a guitar player that hasn’t had a BOSS pedal or 4 in their rig at some point in time.  These iconic boxes have been a familiar sight for almost 40 years now and still today remain a modern bastion of great tone and bulletproof reliability. How well do YOU know…

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What Do I Need To Know When I’m In A Piano Shop?

Once you’ve looked at some pianos online, the only way to truly find your perfect piano is to try them out. You really can’t beat going into a music shop and trying a few side by side; but once you’re in the store which areas should you be testing and what questions should you ask?…