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How To Assist Your Child's Learning With The Right Piano

There are tonnes of studies and articles about the benefits of children learning music. Music can play a big part in a child’s development – from memory to patience, plus helping with cognitive and social skills. Music is a universal language that can benefit anyone and everyone, regardless of background and age. So, you’ve decided to get your child started in learning a musical instrument. Congratulations! There are many instruments to choose from. Strings, woodwind, brass, percussion….but unless your child has a strong preference to play a particular instrument, I feel that learning a keyboard instrument is a great place…

  Behind The Drums

The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Tweaking the Ride Cymbal

While there are often several crash cymbals in a typical drum kit, there’s normally only one ride cymbal. So, making it a great sounding one is crucial! Unlike crash cymbals that are mostly struck edge on and work as punctuation in a musical phrase, ride cymbals are mostly hit on the bow and bell with…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Subtractive Synthesis

Creating your own synthesizer patch is the first step towards creating your own signature sound. Patches that you’ve created will help your tracks to stand out and you might even surprise yourself with what you come up with! Subtractive synthesis is one of the main types of synthesis. As its name implies, tones are created…

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Creating Beats for Dance Styles with the DJ-808

In this article, we’ll show you how to create some typical breaks on the DJ-808. Whether you play House, Drum and Bass, Trap or Electro, you can use the TR-S on the DJ-808 to incorporate live drum elements into your mix and make your sets stand out from the crowd. The videos included here will…

  Behind The Drums

The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Make Your Crashes Sound Bigger

Along with the Ride cymbal, the Crash is one of the most frequently used cymbals on a modern drum kit. For emphasising or accenting a moment in a song, hitting at the end of a fill or as a quick jab to keep the audience (and the band) on their toes, the Crash is an…

  BOSS Talk

Shades of Time – What The BOSS DD-500 Digital Delay Can Do For You

The BOSS DD-500 Digital Delay is BOSS’ flagship, multi-mode delay pedal. With exceptional sound quality and customisable flexibility, the DD-500 is an absolute powerhouse of a delay, able to handle practically any delay-related task you assign to it. The core of the DD-500’s gigantic flexibility is the varied delay modes available for selection, accessible via…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Making Your Toms Sound Deeper

Kicks and snares are obviously crucial to drumming, but your tom sounds are what really tie your kit together. From thunderous rolls to subtle builds, complex flourishes and fills or straightforward accents, the toms help to extend the playability of your kit for endless variations. So it’s important that they sound good! Tom sounds and…

  BOSS Talk

One Delay To Rule Them All – BOSS DD-500

BOSS delay pedals are legendary in the world of stompboxes. From the classic analog delay of the DM-2 Delay, to the world’s first digital delay pedal in the DD-2 Digital Delay and through to today with the unique TE-2 Tera Echo, BOSS have continually provided artists with delay pedals that deliver exceptional results. Guitar players,…

  Buying Guides

Amp Up Your Ukulele

The ukulele, which has never lost its popularity since its introduction by Portuguese immigrants to Hawaii in the late 1800s, is a continual best seller in Australian music stores. At Roland, we have several staff who play ukulele in many different styles and we realized that several of our new amplifiers are ideal for many…

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The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Give Your Snare Sound More Punch

The snare is the most varied part of the drum kit and gets its name from the rattling set of wires underneath it. These wires are known as the “snares”, which are held against the bottom head under tension by the snare strainer. From thin brass piccolo to medium depth aluminium or deep maple wood,…

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Tones in Time – 70s Rock

Rock music owes a lot to the 1970s. This was the era of dramatic shifts in the sound of Rock. It was when huge, loud amplifiers ruled, when new genres began to bubble away and when innovation and adventurous concepts helped to move Rock into previously unexplored territory. While there were some amazing albums released…