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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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SE-02 Analog Synth Version 1.10: New Sounds, Enhanced Features, and Computer-Based Editing

Packed with discrete analog circuitry, the SE-02 from Roland and Studio Electronics delivers authentic vintage sound with vast programmability and modern connectivity. The just-released Version 1.10 firmware makes this compact mono synth even more powerful, with 128 all-new preset sounds plus user-requested features like increased PWM performance and numerous programming enhancements for improved workflow. Version…

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Gig Ready Synths – Which One is Right for You?

Synthesizers have become an essential piece of the modern performer’s toolkit. No matter what genre of music you create or perform, chances are that the right performance synth will help you really kick things up a notch. With the overwhelming number of synths available however, comparing them can be a daunting task. That’s why it’s…

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Roland Announces Version 2.0 Update for the JUNO-DS Synthesizer Series

Lightweight, mobile, and filled with high-quality sounds and hands-on controls, Roland’s JUNO-DS61 and JUNO-DS88 synthesizers are ideal for both pro players and up-and-coming keyboardists. The just-announced Version 2.0 update brings many enhancements to the popular instrument series, including multisample support, expanded performance features, and the powerful JUNO-DS Tone Manager software for Mac and Windows. The…

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Using Samples with Your TR-8 Rhythm Performer

For decades, artists and producers have been evolving the classic Roland TR-808 and TR-909 drum sounds. The Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer gives you those timeless sounds, along with the capacity to manipulate, sequence and affect them in real time. Now, the new Roland SP-404A Linear Wave Sampler takes this versatility even further, with the ability…

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Vince Watson Talks Roland Gear, Analog vs Digital, and the Origins of Techno

Vince Watson is a hopeless synth hoarder. To walk into the DJ’s Amsterdam studio is to enter a treasure-trove of vintage, modern, cult and leftfield hardware, hunted down since adolescence, and deployed on club classics from Mystical Rhythm to Biologique. For this Scottish-born 41-year-old, every synth tells a story, reminding him of roots on Glasgow’s…

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Ultimate Guide To The AIRA SYSTEM-8 Plugout Synthesizer

In 1973, Roland released the SH-1000 synthesizer and started a journey that continues to this day. During the 1970s, analog monosynths evolved into multi-oscillator modular synthesizers that eventually ushered in the Golden Age of polyphonic analog synthesizers. The 1980s saw the birth of the digital revolution, with Roland pushing the envelope of digital synthesizer design…

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Which Headphones Are Right For Me?

Headphones are one of the greatest technological creations of the 20th century. If you don’t think that’s true, take a look in any bus, train, street or park, in any town or city you like. You’ll spot people enjoying podcasts on their way to work, music while they’re jogging, or working via a business call…

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Sounds Of The Roland Boutique SH-01A Synthesizer

The new Roland Boutique SH-01A Synthesizer is a faithful recreation of the classic Roland SH-101 from 1982, a synthesizer that helped shape the sound of countless genres of music including Pop, House, Techno, and Electro.  It is a monophonic powerhouse that has one of the most recognizable sounds out there.  Its ease of use makes…

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10 minutes with Jamie xx

DJ, producer, solo-artist and prolific remixer, Jamie xx is also one third of Mercury Music Award winners, The xx. While the band fused beats, breaks and guitars to brilliant effect, Jamie has also carved a name for himself as a ‘go to’ remixer, having crossed stems with the likes of Radiohead, Adele, and Florence and…

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Creating Synth Sounds for Dance Styles

In this article, we’ll show you how to create some classic sounds in the style of popular dance genres using the Roland System-8. While some of these settings are specific to the System-8, you should also be able to reproduce them with the Roland System-1 or other similar synthesizers. With any of these sounds, the…