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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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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. We recently posted 7 Essential Synth Tutorials to help you start to craft…

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The Ultimate Guide to the BOSS ES-5 Effects Switching System

The BOSS ES-5 Effects Switching System is the newer, smaller brother to the remarkably successful ES-8. Since its 2015 release, the BOSS ES-8 Effects Switcher has enjoyed worldwide acclaim. With its ground breaking design, functionality and control options, the BOSS ES-8 offers features far surpassing any similar device. Pedal Loop switchers are not new of…

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Roland Drum Machine Quiz

Are you a TR, CR, Dr Rhythm or Groovebox encyclopaedia? Take our Roland Drum Machine Quiz if you think you have what it takes to score high!

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Why Should I Buy A Switching System?

As guitar players, our options for sonic possibilities are near infinite. Technology has reached a point where pedals, synthesis, amplification and effects can all work together to create sounds that were unimaginable until recently. The recent and dramatic increase in the amount of effect pedals and guitar processing equipment is tremendously exciting. Customised pedal boards…

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I Used To Play The Piano

As ubiquitous as after-school sports or dance classes, piano lessons are part of nearly everyone’s childhood. While music is undoubtedly a fantastic thing to learn, life can sometimes get in the way of further development. As a child, there’s the thrill of more active pursuits or adventures outdoors. As a teenager and young adult there’s…

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Developing the Brown Sound

Guitarists have used BROWN as an adjective for guitar tone ever since the phrase emerged back in the late 1970’s/early 1980’s. The early history of the term remains undisputedly and indelibly linked to one of the biggest guitar heroes of all time. However, in the years since, the word “brown” in reference to guitar tone…

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7 Essential Synth Tutorials

The real power of a synthesizer is its ability to craft and control the sound, allowing musicians to create their own custom tones. Synthesizers can seem overwhelming at first, but most have similar controls and follow the same signal flow. This allows synthesis knowledge to be transferred between instruments. Below are seven tutorials that will…

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The Ultimate Guide to the System-1m Semi-Modular Synthesizer

In 1976, Roland took its first steps into the world of modular synthesizers with the release of the legendary SYSTEM-100. This semi-modular synth, comprising of 5 semi-modular components, was incredibly powerful and flexible for its time. The 101 module was the centre of the system and could be used independently, or alongside any of the…

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10 More Ways Guaranteed To Quickly Improve Your Music Production

This is part two in a series of articles on getting the best possible sound with your music production. Although technology has made it easier than ever to record music, you still have to know the basics to create a professional sounding mix that you can be proud of. Surprisingly, it’s not about using the…

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Performing Live with V-Drums and Electronic Percussion

As drummers know, we don’t always have the easiest gig. Sounds engineers, bandmates and even audience members offer plenty of input. This can be anything from telling us to control our volume levels, reduce our kits or broadening our sonic horizons to attract interesting, regular work. Heeding this advice can bring its own issues. It…