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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…

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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…

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How to Become a Professional Drummer

From finding gigs and knowing what to charge, to the importance of understanding electronics, here are the basics that you need if you want to become a professional drummer. Every drummer has their heroes, and it’s likely that session luminaries Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd and Jeff Porcaro feature somewhere on your list. At the music…

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How to Use Hybrid Drums to Give Yourself a Competitive Edge

Although the word ‘hybrid’ is widely used in drumming circles, the technology involved in bringing acoustic and electronic drums together often feels reserved for those with Einstein minds, or for drummers who play big stages with famous artists. However, this is far from the truth – and if you think hybrid drums are out of…

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Typical Drum Playing Techniques with V-Drums

A common assumption about electronic drums is that as a player, you will lose the ability to express yourself as easily as you can on acoustic drums. Contributed by Simon Ayton for the Roland Australia Blog With acoustic drums and cymbals, sounds can vary dramatically. This depends on many factors, which include drum material, size,…

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Quick Start Guide to the Roland TD-50 V-Drums

So you’ve splashed out on the TD-50 kit… CONGRATULATIONS! We know that you’re busting to jump on and start playing, so we’ve put together a list of essential must do’s to give you the best possible experience. Contributed by Simon Ayton for the Roland Australia Blog Right-handers: First, lay the two curved pieces down on…

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Expanding And Customizing Your V-Drums

Drummers love to expand and customize their kits. Customizing a kit helps to reflect a drummers personality, as well as assisting them with fitting into any musical situation. Already well known for their huge possibilities for great sounds and playability, Roland’s V-Drums are also capable of some fantastic customizing. Apart from making sure you have…

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Craig Blundell On The Exciting Challenge Of Drumming For Steven Wilson

As a battle-tested session warrior, Craig Blundell doesn’t do nerves. Even so, the long-standing Roland artist will admit that slipping onto the drum stool for Steven Wilson was not a gig for the faint-hearted. Contributed by Roland UK In this exclusive video interview, filmed during soundcheck at the British prog giant’s Royal Albert Hall shows…

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Clicks & Giggles: How The Metronome Can Be Your Best Friend

For many drummers, the mere thought of playing to a click strikes fear into the heart. On the flip-side, there are many others for who the click is their best friend. Playing comfortably with a metronome can open up many avenues for a drummer and help you to think of it as your best friend,…

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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…

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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%!