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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 – EQ and Compression

Equalization is a method for balancing the frequency content sound. EQs are used to improve the clarity and audibility of sounds and have been used in nearly every music mix since the very early days of sound recording. EQ comes in many configurations, with the most common being: * High and low-cut filters for reducing…

  Product News

What Is A Vocoder?

The vocoder was developed in 1928 by Bell Labs, and first demonstrated in 1939 at the New York World’s Fair. Its intended use was to reduce the bandwidth of voice information, allowing it to be transferred across further distances. Unfortunately, the voice reproduction of these early systems was not great and they were never used…

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Analog Heart In A Bold Digital World – The Studio Electronics Story

Analog synthesizers inhabit a special place in the musical world. As the first synthesizers that were widely available commercially, analog synthesizers have provided artists and producers with incredible sounds and tonal ranges for decades. Roland has a long history with analog synthesizers. From immense modular setups like the System-700, to portable monophonic classics like the…

  Behind The Drums

The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Using the Transient Editor

One of the simplest yet most powerful tools in the TD-50 is the transient editor. With this one screen, you can dramatically modify the attack and sustain characteristics of any of the acoustic-style factory sounds of the TD-50. It’s possible to back the attack and release right off, for minimal stick attack with a quick…

  Quiz

How Well Do You Know Your Synth Terms?

Quiz time! We’re putting the call out to synth wizards and dial twiddlers everywhere. Test your knowledge of synthesizer terms with our latest challenge.

  BOSS Talk

Exploring The Hidden Powers Of The Katana Guitar Amp

With its ultra-responsive feel, gig-ready tones, and versatile onboard effects, the affordable BOSS Katana series is taking the guitar amplifier world by storm. By design, all Katana amps feature an instantly familiar interface that makes it easy to dial in and save great sounds on the fly. But there’s even more power under the hood,…

  Behind The Drums

The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – How To Use Pad EFX and Multi EFX

Effects used on drum sounds are great for bringing new life and impact to familiar tones. From big reverb and modulation effects, to distortion and extreme EQ, effects used on drum sounds even give the player the chance to radically alter the nature of a song that they’re playing. Famous and memorable drum sounds with effects include…

  'How To' Articles

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Roland Boutique With MIDI Mapping

The Roland Boutiques have had rave reviews ever since their release. These versatile and exquisite sounding modules allow access to rare and classic Roland instruments at a great price, in a portable and easy-to-use format. Along with the astounding TR-09 drum machine, the Boutique series also includes the powerful TB-03 Bass Line synth and the…

  Behind The Drums

The Drummer’s Guide To The TD-50 – Using the Layer Function with the Roland TD-50

Drum production techniques in the studio are boundless. Over the years, many techniques have been developed by engineers to create larger-than-life drum sounds and one of the most frequently used is layering. A very effective way to significantly change and enhance any drum sound is to build it up incrementally, using different textures that combine…

  Artists

Pro Tutorial – Heidi Joubert Demos the EC-10 ELCajon

  When Roland launched the new EC-10 ELCajon at the 2016 NAMM Show, we asked top percussionist Heidi Joubert to show the crowds exactly what this percussion game-changer was capable of. For those of us who weren’t lucky enough to spend January in sunny California though, we also shot these four video demos, in which…