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The Ultimate Guide to BOSS Loop Stations

Since the release of the first Loop Station, the twin pedal RC-20 in 2001, BOSS have constantly remained at the cutting edge of looping technology and are today the undisputed product leader of this worldwide phenomenon. With a more comprehensive lineup of looper devices available than any other single manufacturer, BOSS Loop Stations satisfy guitar players, beatboxers, DJs, accordion players, singers and producers within the audio looping community. With such a diverse selection of musicians using the wide range of BOSS Loop Stations, it’s fair to say that there is a BOSS Loop Station for everyone.   The more complex the…

  Buying Guides

The Magic Touch – A Brief History of RD Series

From the start, Roland has always strived to create the ultimate electronic piano feel and sound. This aim has been clear from our earliest days, beginning with the release of the legendary EP-30. Appearing just two years after Roland formed in 1972, the EP-30 was a groundbreaking instrument as it was the world’s first touch…

  'How To' Articles

V-Drums Masterclass: Recording Your TD-11, TD-15 and TD-25

Acoustic drum recording is considered by many to be an art form. Finding a balance between equipment, knowledge, patience and money that works for your project is a skill that comes with experience and time. Being a collection of various percussion instruments, a drum kit requires different types of microphones and positioning to make one…

  'How To' Articles

Recording and Mixing Vocals: The Basics

The boom in DAW software means that anyone can start recording vocals at home; you just need a vocalist, a computer, a mic and a little know how. Paul White, editor-in-chief of Sound on Sound magazine shares his tricks and tips for getting it right every time. Vocals are invariably the most important part of…

  AIRA Modular

From Studio to Stage: The Electronic Musician’s Guide to Gigging

For the solo electronic artist, the most obvious option when it comes to performing live has long been the DJ set. These days, using a laptop running any DJ application, mixing your own tracks with those of other acts is a piece of cake. Making the transition from the warm, cosy confines of the home…

  Product News

Evolution of the Roland Space Echo

Space Echo. It’s a very evocative name for an effects unit. It conveys a feeling of depth and complexity, which is certainly how many players describe the sound of Roland’s legendary series of echo machines. The warm delay sound, distinctive reverb and subtle chorusing effect are all hallmarks of the unmistakable tone that thousands of…

  Roland Icon Series

Roland Icon Series: The Juno-106 Synthesizer

The Roland Icon Series is a collection of articles looking back at the most popular and recognised Roland instruments. In over four decades, Roland has designed many world-first instruments like the first touch-sensitive keyboard and first guitar synthesizer. Previous articles in the Roland Icon Series revisited the classic Roland Jupiter-8, the SH-101, the MRS-2 ProMars,…

  'How To' Articles

How To Connect Your Roland Piano To Bluetooth

Congratulations on your new Roland piano! You can get more out of your Roland piano by connecting via Bluetooth to your smart device. Here is your step-by-step guide. Contributed by Hiyori Matsushima for Roland Corporation Australia DP-603 / HP603 / HP605 / LX-7 / LX-17 / GP-607 FP-30 / F-140R / RP-501R FP-90 The first…

  Buying Guides

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. However, while all contain the same genre-defining sounds of classic Roland drum machines, there are a huge range of differences in purpose and functionality between the…

  'How To' Articles

MIDI VS. AUDIO

MIDI is one of the most versatile and useful aspects of modern music making. Present in a huge range of instruments, modules, devices and pieces of gear, MIDI was a true game changer on its release in the early 1980’s. Let’s examine what MIDI is, what it can do and how it’s completely different to…

  Buying Guides

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? Right. However, while the same iconic machine inspired both the TB-03 Boutique and the AIRA TB-3, there are quite a few differences in purpose…