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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…

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SBTRKT Talks Gear

SBTRKT (AKA Aaron Jerome) is undoubtedly one of the hottest producers around. DJ, remixer and studio alchemist, SBTRKT won hearts and minds with his eponymous debut album back in 2011, which led him to collaborate with Radiohead, M.I.A., Mark Ronson and Modeselektor to name just a few. Building on the huge success of his debut, last…

  Roland Icon Series

Roland Icon Series: The D-50 Linear Synthesizer

The Roland Icon Series is a collection of articles looking back at the most popular and recognized 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 Juno-106, the SH-101, the…

  'How To' Articles

How To Get New Sounds For Your Roland Synth

Synthesizers are incredible instruments. With an abundance of sounds and options available to you, your tonal choices never dry up! With USB, MIDI, and editing software, it has never been easier to create, tweak, store, recall and import custom sounds in and out of your synthesizer. If you want to look further than the presets on…

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How to Get Started in Modular Synthesis

There is no doubt that the popularity of modular synthesis is rising. You don’t have to look far to see the enormous interest in these instruments, in clubs, studios and bedrooms and worldwide. But what exactly are these boxes of coloured cables and knobs? Are they worth the investment? Do they live up to their…

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Roland TB-03 and TR-09: A Classic Pair Resurrected

In the past few years, we have seen a huge resurgence in both analog and digital hardware. Eurorack modular synthesizer systems have exploded in popularity and vintage synth prices have skyrocketed.  The tactile experience of using hardware instruments is drawing artists back to tabletops filled with drum machines and synthesizers. The original Roland TB-303 Bass…

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Massive Attack In The Studio With Roland AIRA

Massive Attack have been pushing the boundaries since the mid ‘80s, effortlessly fusing music with politics and controversy like no other band. They’re also masters of the collaboration, working with Portishead, Liz Fraser, Horace Andy, and Damon Albarn to name just a few. We recently got some studio time with the band as they checked…

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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…

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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.

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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…