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3 Pieces of Advice on Buying Your Child’s First Piano

Buying a new piano can be a daunting task, especially if you are not a pianist or musician yourself - it can be difficult to determine which piano to buy or whether you should invest in purchasing a piano at all. Contributed by Hiyori Matsushima for the Roland Australia Blog During my years of working in music retail, selling both acoustic and digital pianos, some of the most asked questions asked by parents (wondering aimlessly in the shop) were: 1) My child’s piano teacher said “Buy a piano with full size, weighted keys”. What does this mean? 2) Should I buy…

  BOSS Talk

The BOSS Pedal Project – One Man’s Journey To Collect Every BOSS Pedal Ever Made

There are BOSS fans, and then there are BOSS fans. Today, our blog takes a brief break from focusing on our usual guides and tutorials, and puts the spotlight onto the very awesome BOSS Pedal Project. If you haven’t checked it out yet, the BOSS Pedal Project is essentially exactly that – one man’s quest…

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Metal Zone – You’re Using It Wrong

It’s funny – everyone has an opinion on the trusty ol’ Metal Zone. And we think we know why – it’s because almost everyone has owned one at some point since its release all the way back in 1991 (yes, your first year MT-2 is almost vintage now!). Now you might be thinking – what…

  Buying Guides

BOSS KATANA – Choose Your Weapon

You probably already know how great Katana is – the proof is all over the internet and in the hands of users all over the globe since Katana took the amp world by storm in 2016. What you might be struggling to decide is – which Katana is right for me? And there’s absolutely no…

  BOSS Talk

How To Use The BOSS NS-2 Noise Suppressor In Your Rig

Noise. Every musician, audio engineer or live sound mixer is familiar with it. That horrible, unwanted and mood-destroying hiss or screech that always seems to happen at the worst possible times. It can be present as high-pitched, nasal and mid-ranged, low and humming or via a heap of other ways. What we mean when we…

  BOSS Talk

Can I Use Guitar Pedals On Bass?

When it comes to pedal effects, it’s no secret that it’s a guitarist’s world. While significant advances in bass pedal effects over the years have emerged, the overwhelming majority of stompboxes seem to be guitar-centric. So, as any bass player might (reasonably) ask, can I use pedals designed for a guitar with my bass? The…

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The Police ‘Walking On The Moon’ Tone Dissected

The shimmering, spatial chords from the guitar of Andy Summers, ringing out over the top of Sting’s bass line, with the side-stick reggae feel of Stewart Copeland’s drums tapping beneath. This is how the now legendary song Walking on the Moon by The Police hit the airwaves in 1979. It was the second single from…

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Van Halen ‘Eruption’ Tone Dissected

Eruption. One of the world’s greatest guitar solos. From the debut album by Van Halen in 1978. This solo came bursting onto the scene with its innovative tone, two handed tapping and extreme tremolo bar use. At the time, a young Eddie Van Halen was getting an incredible tone out of his 1968 Marshall “Plexi”…

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Stevie Ray Vaughan ‘Pride And Joy’ Tone Dissected

The song Pride and Joy is another example of the legendary tone of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan. Recorded at the end of 1982 (and released in 1983), this song is one of Stevie’s own original songs from the album Texas Flood, which also features some Blues and R&B cover tunes. Recorded at Jackson…

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The Beatles ‘Revolution’ Tone Dissected

The Beatles. What can be said that hasn’t already been written about (and over analysed) so many times before!? While we’re all familiar with the legacy of songs they’ve given us, they’re also directly (and indirectly) responsible for many new recording techniques that were developed during their recording career. One of these techniques was used…

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Jimi Hendrix ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’ Tone Dissected

Voodoo Child (Slight Return) is the final track on the 3rd (and, unfortunately final) 1968 studio album, Electric Ladyland, by the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. From the classic rocking wah fade-in, to the explosion of the whole band entering the riff, this is the sound of a guitar amplifier at full tilt! The classic fuzz…