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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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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…

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Synthesis: Learning the Language of Sound

As a professor who teaches music production at Berklee College of Music and Berklee Online, I have grown more and more sure that an understanding of synthesis is essential for keyboardists and producers alike. Synthesizers are a constant presence in contemporary music, and even when we hear organic or acoustic sounds, they’re often performed within…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Subtractive Synthesis

Creating your own synthesizer patch is the first step towards creating your own signature sound. Patches that you’ve created will help your tracks to stand out and you might even surprise yourself with what you come up with! Subtractive synthesis is one of the main types of synthesis. As its name implies, tones are created…

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Creating Beats for Dance Styles with the DJ-808

In this article, we’ll show you how to create some typical breaks on the DJ-808. Whether you play House, Drum and Bass, Trap or Electro, you can use the TR-S on the DJ-808 to incorporate live drum elements into your mix and make your sets stand out from the crowd. The videos included here will…

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Roland Artist Interview – Underworld

With a career that spans more than 20 years, Underworld are bona-fide dance music icons. PowerOn speaks to musical mastermind Rick Smith about their sound, their equipment and why their live shows are designed to go a bit wrong. Contributed by Roland UK Roland are at the heart of the fall and rise of Underworld….

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8 Things to Know About The SYSTEM-500 Complete Set

The Roland SYSTEM-500 Complete Set is a fully analog recreation based on Roland’s classic SYSTEM-100M. The modules have been adjusted to conform to the Eurorack standard. Below is a list of some other enhancements and useful bits of information to help you get the most out of the modules. Contributed by Roland Canada The SYSTEM-500…

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The Ultimate Guide to The AIRA MX-1

The humble mixer has long played a significant part in music creation and performance. Dub music for instance, was pivotal in moving the mixing console to centre stage, where it became an instrument in itself. Dub music showed the world the wondrous possibilities and creative power of the mixing desk, demonstrating that it could be used…